See Spot Run

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See Spot Run
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See Spot Run
Directed by John Whitesell
Produced by Andrew Deane
Tracey Trench
Robert Simonds
Written by George Gallo
Gregory Poirer
Dan Baron &
Chris Faber
Story by Andrew Deane
Michael Alexander Miller
George Gallo
Starring David Arquette
Michael Clarke Duncan
Leslie Bibb
Joe Viterelli
Angus T. Jones
Steve Schirripa
Anthony Anderson
Paul Sorvino
Music by John Debney
Cinematography John S. Bartley
Edited by Cara Silverman
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • March 2, 2001 (2001-03-02)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $16 million
Box office $43,057,522

See Spot Run is a 2001 Canadian-American comedy film about a mailman who takes in a stray bullmastiff, the titular Spot, only to learn that it is a trained FBI dog that has escaped from a witness protection program and is targeted for killing by a crime boss. The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Agent 11 is a crime-fighting bullmastiff used by the FBI; he partners with his master Murdoch (Michael Clarke Duncan) in Seattle. As they go after the Mafia boss, Sonny Talia (Paul Sorvino), the dog attacks him and rips off one of his testicles. Talia is taken to the hospital to have it surgically replaced. As payback, he sends his two bodyguards, Gino and Arliss (Joe Viterelli and Steve Schirripa respectively), out to kill Agent 11. For protection, the dog is sent to a training facility in Alaska.

After Agent 11 escapes, he meets Gordon Smith (David Arquette), who works as a mailman. The mailman dislikes dogs and has volunteered to take care of James (Angus T. Jones), the young son of his neighbor Stephanie (Leslie Bibb). Gino and Arliss have continued their search for the dog. Agent 11, whom James names "Spot." He doesn't want to catch balls or frisbees because Murdoch told him not to play when he was a puppy, but he eventually starts to play with the boy James and Gordon like a normal dog. Later, Gino and Arliss try to kill the dog while he is with Gordon and James at a pet store, but he outsmarts them.

When the FBI finds out that Spot is living with Gordon, they take him back. The dog escapes and finds Gordon and James again. Talia returns and attempts to kill the dog, but is outsmarted, captured and imprisoned.

The FBI agents try to take Spot back, but in the end they decide to let him choose with whom he wants to live. He chooses Gordon and James, although he gives Murdoch a lick goodbye. Stephanie returns and is very upset with Gordon for what had happened, but James convinces Stephanie that Gordon is a good guy, and they end up together.

One of the film's last scenes is of Talia in prison, his testicles being been replaced by metal balls (the other one having also been bitten off by Spot) that constantly clack together. One inmate calls him "Music Man", and Talia threatens, in a higher voice, "I'm gonna catch you in the yard. We're gonna settle this man to man!".



The film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rotten rating of 23%, based on 76 reviews.[1]


  1. "Atomic Dog" - George Clinton
  2. "Can't Smile Without You" - Barry Manilow
  3. "Bust a Move" - Young MC
  4. "At Last" - Etta James
  5. "Mr. Sandman" - The Chordettes
  6. "Dog" - Milo Z
  7. "Hampster Dance" - Hampton the Hampster
  8. "For Once in My Life" - Stevie Wonder
  9. "As Long as You're Loving Me" - Vitamin C

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #3 at the North American box office making $9.7 million USD in its opening weekend, behind Hannibal and The Mexican, which opened at the top spot. Despite this the film was a success and went on to gross over $43 million worldwide.[2]


  1. ^ "See Spot Run". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  2. ^ "See Spot Run". IMDB. 

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