Bingo (1991 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Matthew Robbins|
|Produced by||Thomas Baer|
|Written by||Jim Strain|
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.
|Music by||Richard Gibbs|
|Edited by||Maryann Brandon|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
Bingo, a runaway circus dog saves the life of Chuckie (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.), a young boy who is somewhat an outcast within his family. The two quickly become best friends - skateboarding, playing pinball, and doing math homework together. But Chuckie's parents discover the stowaway pooch and make no bones about the fact that Bingo will not accompany them on their cross-country move.
Bingo is an outcast circus dog whom his owners pay little attention to. His master (Simon Webbe) gets ready to kill him, but his wife stops him and tells Bingo to start over and find a family. Bingo does so when the master's wife finally agrees to kill him when Bingo mistakes the wife's orders several times.
Bingo goes to a motel where Chuckie's parents and Chuckie himself are staying at. There, he is taken in by two criminals. He sees that they have taken a couple and their two children, Sandy and Cindy, as hostages. Bingo realises they could be killed, so he telephones 911 and frees the family. The next day, the authorities arrive to arrest the kidnappers, Lenny and Eli. The family take him in and the girls argue over what to call their new pet until a man comes in to take Bingo to court. After an unfair trial, Bingo is jailed for contempt of court.
Bingo ends up in a cell with a man known as "Four-Eyes" (Wayne Robson), who befriends him and saves him from a knife incident.
Chickie runs into the room and tells Natalie that he's found Chuckie and that they have no choice but to call the police. Meanwhile, Eli is bitten by Bingo and drops his cigarette, setting the lair on fire. Chuckie, seemingly dying, tells Bingo to ring the fire alarm. Bingo does so, overcoming his fear of fire. The police move in and listen to the game podcast on the radio. Then they arrest Lenny and Eli and nurse Chuckie's injuries. They call the bomb squad to find a bomb that was hidden in one of the suitcases. After finding out that Chuckie is safe, Hal scores a last-minute, crucial field-goal, but at the same time Bingo is holding the suitcase containing the bomb and it explodes. Natalie screams and faints, and so does Chuckie. The fireman then makes a call and finds a piece of fur in mid-air.
Chuckie wakes up in the hospital with his family by his side and sees all the dogs and people whom Bingo met on his journey, and Natalie tells Chuckie that they are Bingo's friends and they've been at the hospital all night, since they all heard his story on the news and wanted to wish him well. After Bingo wakes up, Chuckie asks Hal if he can keep Bingo with all of Bingo's friends looking at Hal wondering what he was going to say. Hal responds "sure son, just as soon as we have him neutered." The movie ends with a freeze frame around Bingo's head.
The toy company Commonwealth Toy & Novelty Inc. produced toy Bingos to tie in with the film's release. The dog came with a blue backpack. Even though he is not seen wearing one in the film, number five of the collector card set has him wearing one.
- "Opening This Week". The Washington Times. September 12, 1991.