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The Biscuit Eater

The Biscuit Eater
The Biscuit Eater
The Biscuit Eater
  • G
  • 1h 32m
  • 1972
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This classic film proves that nothing warms the heart like the story of a boy and his dog. Lonnie (Johnny Whitaker) and Text (George Spell) are two friends determined, against all odds, to turn a misfit hound into a hero. Tennessee farmer and dog trainer Harve McNeil (Earl Holliman) tells his son Lonnie that his dog, Moreover, is a good-for-nothing "biscuit eater." But Lonnie and Text won't give up on this outcast ... determined to beat the odds in time to prove he has championship potential! Featuring valuable lessons about honesty, friendship, and fair play, THE BISCUIT EATER is heartwarming family entertainment.
© 1971 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

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Common Sense Says
Touching family drama about friendship and chasing dreams.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Biscuit Eater is a touching Disney family drama from 1972 about two friends who adopt a feral dog, with plenty of positive messages and likable, wholesome characters. It focuses on friendship and teamwork with valuable lessons around honesty, fair play, and the joy of dreaming big. The story of two boys -- Lonnie (Johnny Whitaker) and Text (George Spell) -- who put their faith in an "untrainable" gun dog, includes some violence with characters shooting birds, one fist fight, and one scene in which a dog is poisoned, but survives. Some racial stereotyping includes black servants at the Gun Dog Club and a black character quoting from the Bible. But with a strong friendship between the boys and harmonious relationships among the adults, there remains a sense of racial equality. Willie (Godfrey Cambridge) is regularly seen with a cigar between his teeth and there is some drinking of alcohol, although never to excess. The movie is a remake of a popular 1940 film of the same name.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:March 22, 1972
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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