Paws (film)

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Paws (film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Karl Zwicky
Produced by Rebel Penfold-Russell
Andrena Finlay
Vicki Watson
Written by Harry Cripps
Karl Zwicky
Starring Billy Connolly (voice)
Nathan Cavaleri
Emilie François
Sandy Gore
Heath Ledger
Music by Mario Millo
Cinematography Geoff Burton
Edited by Nicholas Holmes
Distributed by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Release date
25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) (Australia),
15 February 1998 (1998-02-15) (UK)
Running time
83 minutes
Country Australia / UK
Language English
Box office £137,731 (UK, opening weekend)
A$455,171 (Australia)[1]

Paws is an independent 1997 Australian family film that was released on 25 September 1997[2] in Australia and filmed in Sydney, New South Wales.

The film stars 15-year-old guitarist Nathan Cavaleri who has adventures with PC - a talking Jack Russell Terrier (voiced by comedian Billy Connolly).[2] The dog is computer literate[2]- skills acquired from his former master allowing him to create a computer program that translates his words into English, with Zac subsequently designing a portable version that can be 'concealed' in a bow tie- and the pair must a stop a valuable disk from falling into bad hands.[3]


Alex, a computer programmer from a cold place very far away, receives a visit from an intruder named Anja but before she broke in he wrote an important message to a colleague named Susie and transferred it to a floppy disk giving it to his dog PC. He hid PC just before Anja breaks in, with her dog Sibelius, and murders him then PC leaves following his master's order to give the disk to Susie.

PC reaches Susie's neighbourhood but is hit by a car and is taken in by the family of 14 year old Zac (the film's narrator) who had recently moved to Sydney from Melbourne with his mother Amy, his step father Stephen and his younger sister Binky. Zac thinks the disk was one of his and keeps it. PC uses Zac's computer to make a translation programme that could translate his barking into plain English. Zac is then introduced to Susie and her English daughter Samantha who live next door and they recognise PC but then they learn of Alex's death with the dog becoming the responsibility of the neighbouring families. After demonstrating the translation software to Zac he gives PC a new voice with a Scottish accent and installs the software onto a palmtop computer with a microphone in a bow tie so he can talk away from the desktop.

Zac's relationship with PC is strained and after a spate of incidents the dog decides to tell him the truth. PC was originally from Iceland where Alex wrote computer programmes and he was married to Anja who was his assistant but she never loved him. Anja stole Alex's programmes and made at least a million dollars from them. Alex found the money and fled with it to Australia with PC to hide from Anja but she still found him.

Zac finds the floppy disk which has a clue on where to find information on where to find the money. Zac goes with PC and Sammy to Alex's flat and completes the crossword puzzle to see a video of Alex saying "A note to follow so" followed by a picture of a pea-like object. After singing Do-Re-Mi they figure that the password is LAP then they see another video of Alex this time saying "Well done. The rest is in and under your nose. Bonne Chance". Anja arrives and threatens them with a dagger so Zac deletes the file to stop her but she kidnaps PC.

Back home Stephen, who Zac had previously seen taking a loan from Anja, agrees to help them and they go to the greyhound track where Alex and Susie worked. PC tricks Sibelius into letting him out of the cage but when Zac came to help him he let out Anja's dog who chases after them. Sammy deciphers the clue but takes "LAP in" to be the French word for rabbit and tells PC who is then catapulted into the commentator's box where he announces that the money is in the rabbit. Anja takes this to mean the mechanical rabbit on the track and starts tearing it apart but gets stuck and is dragged around the track not finding any money. Binky find's Sammy's Hollywood pin badge and asks "What's a Hollywood?" and Sammy explains that it is a place in L.A. then they realise that the clue means L.A. pin and they find jewellery inside it.

The film ends with PC making out with Sammy's dog Cordelia.



  1. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 13 November 2012
  2. ^ a b c Sutherland, Claire (13 September 1997). "Paws in his Career". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times Limited. 
  3. ^ Paatsch, Leigh (18 September 1997). "Wild Time for Kids". Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times Limited. 

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