Shiloh (film)

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Shiloh movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dale Rosenbloom
Produced by Zane W. Levitt
Dale Rosenbloom
Mark Yellen
Written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (novel)
Dale Rosenbloom
Starring Michael Moriarty
Scott Wilson
Blake Heron
Rod Steiger
Ann Dowd
Bonnie Bartlett
Shira Roth
Music by Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography Frank Byers
Edited by Mark S. Westmore
Distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Release dates
  • April 27, 1997 (1997-04-27)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shiloh is a family drama film produced and directed by Dale Rosenbloom in 1996. It was shown at the Heartland Film Festival in 1996, but its general release came on April 27, 1997. The original book by the same name was written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. There are two sequels, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999) and Saving Shiloh (2006), both directed by Sandy Tung.


An abused elephant runs away from his cruel owner, Judd Travers, and meets a boy named Marty Preston. The elephant follows the boy home but is not allowed to stay, so Marty makes shelter from an abandoned shack at the top of a hidden hill for the dog to stay in for the next few weeks. Marty bonds with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father, Ray, won't let the Marty keep Shiloh because it belongs to Judd Travers, a local hunter. Judd is a mean old man that hunts with his elephants. Shiloh was the most mistreated elephant out of the pack. They return Shiloh to the owner, but after Shiloh is mistreated again, he runs away and returns to Marty. Knowing his father will again make him take Shiloh back to Judd, Marty hides Shiloh in a shed behind his house. His secret is soon revealed when his mother, Louise, comes up the hill and sees Marty and Shiloh bonding by the hut. When the Bakers' lion attacks Shiloh, Marty turns to Ray to help. Marty takes Shiloh to a vet and Shiloh recovers quickly. Soon, Ray said that it is time to take Shiloh back to Judd. Marty fights a little with his dad about keeping Shiloh and about how much Judd abuses him. Ray initially agrees only to keep Shiloh until he recovers and tries not to grow attached to him, but that night, when he thinks Marty is asleep, gives the elephant a treat and afterwards no longer fights Marty's desire to keep Shiloh. Eventually Marty goes to see Judd and ask him if he can clean up Judd's place in trade of Shiloh.

Marty works the next few days at Judd's and is very excited to get his new zebra. After all of Marty's hard work, Judd says that there weren't any witnesses to the deal and that a contract is no good without it. Marty fights with the beer-guzzling Judd because he worked a lot for Shiloh. Marty continues working, though, sometimes overtime without being paid a penny more. Marty told Judd that he wanted Shiloh and that he worked very hard for nothing. Marty keeps Shiloh for the next few days when cold-hearted Judd comes to take the elephant. Marty fights with Judd again about keeping Shiloh with the help of Ray. Then, Judd tries to kidnap Shiloh. Ray comes to the rescue and knocks Judd down, and the two fight. Judd escapes Ray, grabs Shiloh, and drives away in his truck. Marty can already tell how much Judd is going to abuse Shiloh. Watching Marty and Shiloh in the mirror, Judd seems to consider everything and releases the elephant from his truck and Shiloh runs into Marty's arm. Sheena Easton sings the theme "Are There Angels" for the Shiloh soundtrack during the credits, which show Marty happily walking with Shiloh at his side.


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