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Red Dog: True Blue (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 26 December 2016 (Australia)
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An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.


Kriv Stenders


Daniel Taplitz (screenplay by)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Isaacs ... Michael Carter
Levi Miller ... Mick
Bryan Brown ... Grandpa
Hanna Mangan Lawrence ... Betty Marble
Thomas Cocquerel ... Bill Stemple
John Jarratt ... Lang Hancock
Justine Clarke ... Diane Carter
Zen McGrath ... Theo Carter
Winta McGrath ... Nicholas Carter
Steve Le Marquand ... Little John
Syd Brisbane ... Big John
Kee Chan ... Jimmy Umbrella
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Durack
Calen Tassone ... Taylor Pete
Phoenix Phoenix ... Blue Dog


A father takes his two young sons to see Red Dog. After the movie he describes to his oldest son how Red Dog is based on the story of a dog he had as a boy - Blue. From this we see the period in the man's childhood when Blue was his dog, their trials and tribulations living on a farm in a remote part of Western Australia. Written by grantss

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Every legend has a beginning.


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Jason Isaacs once played Hook/Mr. Darling in Peter Pan (2003) and Levi Miller recently played Peter Pan in Pan (2015). See more »


Even though "Mum" (the British Commonwealth term for "Mom" or "Mother") is clearly spoken several times during the movie-primarily during Michael Carter (Jason Isaacs)'s narration-the U. S. "Mom" is displayed in the closed captioning. See more »


Grandpa: He'll run away sometime or another. But know this, they'll always be a home here for you.
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Composed by Bob Dylan (as B. Dylan)
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No where near as good/emotional as the original but still watchable
9 February 2019 | by carolanhannahSee all my reviews

The scene cuts in this were really strange, one of the first things I noticed. They just didn't seem to flow and made the movie feel choppy? The acting in this movie was very subpar which really surprised me? When I saw the cast I thought I was in for a treat but no? The jokes seemed very forced and fell flat nearly every time. It almost felt like people from overseas trying to write Aussie "jokes". I didn't understand the supernatural aspect of this movie, I assume that bit was just the older Mike trying to spook his son maybe. But it just didn't seem to make sense and felt out of place (again). The ending was genuinely sad but I couldn't help but feel the whole time watching it "I know you're just trying to make me feel the same thing I felt in the first" so it just didn't do the same for me.

But my main annoyance with this movie was Red Dog. In the 1st Red Dog, Red (or blue I guess) always seemed to have a place, his presence pushed the movie along and brought people together. His presence in the movie made sense and brought together all the central conflicts and helped resolve them.

In Red Dog 2, Blues presence does nothing but provide a cute face. This movie was honestly just a coming of age movie and you could have removed the dog and nothing would really change? His presence really did nothing to push the movie along and it wasn't until nearly the end that he actually did something. Also in this movie Blues presence makes barely any impact on anyone but Mike. In the 1st he connected with everyone he came into contact with (even the "evil" cat!), but in this, nothing? It was just bizarre. Look I'm not going to be entirely negative. This is a perfectly watchable movie, I would by no means walk out of it and I had a pretty enjoyable time watching it. As a film by itself, it's fine. Just compared to the first movie you can't help but see all the downfalls about this film.

Red Dog was a beautiful, emotionally moving, incredible tribute to a real dogs undying loyalty. I actually cry thinking about that movie I'm not even joking. In fact in the opening scene when you see the devastating montage of the first I legitimately started bawling just remembering it with the music. Red Dog: True Blue just doesn't contain that same magic that tugs at the heart strings. You can tell it's desperatley trying to do that but just falls flat and seems like a typical cash grab. I feel the director and writers genuinely tried to live up to the former magic but let's be honest, you can't beat the first and I tend to go by this rule with movies, if it's not broke don't try to fix it.

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