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No film better portrays the powerful emotions of hope, courage, and friendship. When his younger brother adopts a frisky lop-eared stray, 15-year-old Travis (Tommy Kirk), acting "man-of-the-house," tries to shoo him away. But Old Yeller soon proves he is anything but "yellow" when he protects the family farm and saves Travis' life.
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Critics Consensus: Old Yeller is an exemplary coming of age tale, packing an emotional wallop through smart pacing and a keen understanding of the elemental bonding between humanity and their furry best friends.
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Old Yeller is a classic 1950s tearjerker about love and loss between a frontier family and a dog. It has characters hunting with rifles, and fierce battles between Old Yeller and various wild animals that could be too intense for younger viewers. And, of course, there is the now-legendary climax of the film, which could definitely be difficult for children still coming to grips with life and death of pets and people. Still, it is a classic story of loss, and an excellent way to begin a discussion of those issues.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:December 25, 1957
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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