When the mine closes and his father joins the Army as the
country prepares for war with Germany, Joe's (Mason) beloved dog Lassie
is sold to the Duke of Rudling (O'Toole) to help with their financial difficulties.
Lassie is having trouble settling into her new home and keeps returning
to Joe but when the Duke moves his family to Scotland, Lassie escapes again
and faces an arduous trip back to Yorkshire.
As more and more iconic characters return to the silver screen
while Hollywood scrambles to find ideas, a real legend has come back, Lassie.
After numerous American adventures in the past, the Collie
returns to her British routes as writer/director Charles Sturridge recreates
the essence of the Eric Knight's novel that adhered her to family audiences
in the first place. Now the beloved canine is back in Yorkshire just before
the start of the Second World War, when times were extremely hard and most
families were struggling. The rich were still rich however and the decedent
life of the Duke of Rudling wasn't going to change. When his granddaughter
sees Lassie, he buys her from the Carraclough family, devastating their
young son Joe. But in these hard times, the family can afford to feed that
extra mouth. Lassie, however doesn't want to go, especially after the way
she is treated the Duke's dog handler Edward Hynes and keeps returning to
the Carraclough's and even moving to Scotland won't deter her from returning
The story of canine devotion isn't a new one but you cannot
help but be touched by this wonderfully acted and superbly shot family film.
An ensemble cast that includes the best of British and the always-excellent
Peter Dinklage, who sports a fine Scottish accent for the role of a travelling
puppet entertainer, come to support the star of the film. Peter O'Toole
steals every scene he is in. John Lynch and Samantha Morton sport good Yorkshire
accents and portray the problems of the time with great honesty. Steve Pemberton
is suitably repugnant as the despicable Edward Hynes. There are also good
but brief cameos from Nicholas Lyndhurst, Kelly Macdonald, Edward Fox, Gregor
Fisher and Robert Hardy.
Lassie is the star of the show however and she is the driving
force behind the entire film. The charm of the Collie is still there in
abundance and she quickly gets back into your heart. You cannot help but
be touched by her adventure to get back to Joe and even though you know
what the outcome is going to be there is much to enjoy in her journey.
The return of Lassie to the silver screen is a welcome one.
This is a heart warming family film that both children and adults can enjoy
and even the coldest heart can't helped but be touched by Lassie's story.
Lassie Come Home
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