Big Red (film)

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Big Red
Big Red 1962.jpg
Directed by Norman Tokar
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Jim Kjelgaard (novel)
Louis Pelletier
Starring Walter Pidgeon
Gilles Payant
Émile Genest
Music by Songs:
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Score:
Oliver Wallace
Cinematography Edward Colman
Edited by Grant K. Smith
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • June 6, 1962 (1962-06-06)
Running time
89 min.
Country United States
Language English

Big Red is a 1962 American family-oriented adventure film from Walt Disney Productions. Based on a 1945 novel by American author Jim Kjelgaard and adapted to the screen by American screenwriter Louis Pelletier, the film starred Walter Pidgeon.

Filmed in the province of Quebec, "Big Red" is an Irish Setter that would rather run through the woods than be the perfectly trained and groomed show dog his sportsman owner (Pidgeon) wants. A ten-year-old orphan boy (Payant) helps look after the dog and rebels against his owner's strict discipline of "Big Red."

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Big Red is a Champion Irish Setter, his new master Mr. Haggin wants him to be a show dog. Rene, an orphaned boy hired to take care of the dogs, gains the love and respect of Big Red. When Mr. Haggin realizes that Big Red now sees Rene as his true master, he separates them and forbids Rene to see Red. Rene asks Emile, the other dog handler, why he has separated him from Red, Emile tells him that Red has to obey his master or he won't win at the show, and if he doesn't win Mr. Haggin will sell him... just like that. Rene asks Emile if he could just see Red for one minute, to say good by. When Emile won't let him he waits till it's dark then goes to the window and tells Red good by and then walks away. Red tries to get out of the house and finally jumps through a window, but he is cut by the glass. They bandage him up but Mr. Haggin tells Emile to put him to sleep, but when Emile comes back the dog is gone, Rene had took Red to his cabin deep in the woods. Rene nurses Red back to health, then returns him to his master, who offers to give Rene his job back but Rene refuses. When Mr. Haggin sees that Red has scars and won't be able to be a show dog he says that he can use him to breed with but then changes his mind and decides to sell Red and the she-dog he had bought to go with him. But one the train the two dogs escape. When Rene hears about this he sets out to find them, Mr. Haiggn goes looking for Rene but has an entanglement with a mountain lion. And, after Rene and the dogs save him, Mr. Haggin makes a deal with Rene, to come and live with him and keep the dogs, Rene agrees and they go home.

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