Lassie (2005 film)

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Lassie ver3.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Sturridge
Produced by Charles Sturridge
Ed Guiney
Francesca Barra
Written by Charles Sturridge
Eric Knight (Lassie Come-Home)
Starring Jonathon Mason
Peter O'Toole
Samantha Morton
John Lynch
Peter Dinklage
Edward Fox
Music by Adrian Johnston
Cinematography Howard Atherton
Edited by Peter Coulson
Adam Green
Distributed by Roadside Attractions
Release dates
  • December 16, 2005 (2005-12-16)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom, United States
Language English
Box office $6,442,854[1]

Lassie is a 2005 British-American family film based on Eric Knight's 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home about the profound bond between Joe Carraclough and his rough collie, Lassie. It is directed, written, and co-produced by Charles Sturridge. It is a production of Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film stars Jonathan Mason. It was distributed by Roadside Attractions and released in the UK 16 December 2005. Filming took place in Scotland, Ireland and on the Isle of Man. The film enjoyed a moderate success at the box office and was positively received by critics.


Sam Carraclough, a miner who struggles to earn enough money to feed his family, sells the family's collie, Lassie, to the Duke of Rudling, leaving his young son heartbroken over the loss of his canine companion. The film follows Lassie on the collie's 500-mile journey from the Duke of Rudling's estate in the Scottish Highlands to the Carraclough home.

At the very beginning of the film, a fox is shown being driven by some hunting dogs and somehow escapes by one kindhearted miner, Sam Carraclough. At this phase Lassie is introduced. Lassie is the dog of little boy, Joe, the son of Sam. Once coal-mine is closed down and Sam loses his job. To survive from poverty, Sam sells Lassie to the Duke. But absence and loss of Lassie breaks Joe's heart. Even Lassie is eager to return to Joe. Lassie uses many tricks to escape from the hand of Hynes who's employed to take care of Duke's pet dogs. Several times Lassie can escape from the cage and get back to Joe. But remembering the deal with Duke, Sam has to sacrifice Lassie to the Duke. In the meantime the Duke comes to Scotland with his granddaughter and Lassie. Little Princess can understand Lassie's laments and once she helps Lassie escape. This time Lassie, in spite of being a long away, far from her old shelter, sets in to return to Joe. Lassie finds a man along with a tiny dog named Toots travelling, on her way. She befriends them. One day the traveler faces two snatchers, one of whom kills his companion Toots, the tiny dog. But Lassie saves the traveler. Then the traveler lets Lassie go to her home and bids her farewell. Lassie, after travelling almost 400 miles, eventually finds her home when she becomes weary and sick for long travel and fasting. After some trouble, Joe gets back his companion Lassie and the Duke employs Sam into the vacant place of Hynes.


This is the eleventh movie about Lassie, according to the producers. It is based on Eric Knight's 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home.[2] Filming took place in Scotland, Ireland and on the Isle of Man.



Though acclaimed by a number of critics, Lassie was generally poorly received at the box office.[citation needed] The film has earned $6,442,854 worldwide.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Lassie received generally positive reviews from critics; Rotten Tomatoes sampled 70 reviewers and judged 93% of the reviews to be positive,[6] while the film scored of 84 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 15 reviews.[7] A New York Times reviewer praised the film, saying it "balances cruelty and tenderness, pathos and humor without ever losing sight of its youngest audience member" and also exclaimed, "This 'Lassie' exhibits a repertory of facial expressions that would put Jim Carrey to shame".[2] Empire's Anna Smith wrote "Thanks to a relatively gritty setting and an estimable adult cast, this sentimental story is rendered bearable for adults and children alike."[8] BBC's Neil Smith said "The combination of everyone's favourite canine and eye-catching Irish and Isle of Man locations ensure this nostalgic shaggy-dog story sends you home with your tail wagging."[9]


In 2007, Lassie won an Irish Film and Television Award in Best Sound in Film/TV Drama and was nominated for an AIB Best Irish Film People's Choice.[10] It was also nominated for a Young Artist Award in Best International Family Feature Film and a Critics Choice Award in Best Family Film (Live Action).[11][12] Jonathan Manson was nominated for a Young Artist Award in Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Actor or Actress.[11]


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  2. ^ a b Jeannette Catsoulis (2006-09-01). "The Noblest Collie of All Bounds Anew in the Glen". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
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  6. ^ "Lassie (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Lassie". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  8. ^ Smith, Anna (2006-04-01). "Review of Lassie". Empire (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  9. ^ Smith, Neil (2005-12-14). "Lassie (2005)". BBC. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  10. ^ "Winners of the 4th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards". The Irish Film & Television Academy. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  11. ^ a b "28th Annual Young Artist Awards Nominees". Young Artist Foundation. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  12. ^ "12th Critics' Choice Movie Awards Winners and Nominees". Broadcast Film Critics Association. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

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