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  • Actors: Richard Crenna, David Carradine, Chris Olivero, Patrick David, Gary Bisig
  • Directors: Arthur Allan Seidelman
  • Writers: David Seidler, Jacqueline Feather
  • Producers: Bob Chmiel, Dan Paulson, Randall Badger, Robert Halmi Jr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000687FF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "By Dawn's Early Light" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A grandfather (Richard Crenna) has his hands full when his Los Angeles-based angry teenage grandson is, against the boy's wishes, sent to stay with him on his Colorado Ranch. The boy's insistence on being defiant leads to his desecration of the American flag, to the public humiliation of his grandfather - which prompts the patriarch to grant the boy his wish - to be returned to Los Angeles. The catch is they will travel together from Colorado to L.A. -- on horseback like old-time cowboys! The result is a bittersweet journey in life lessons set against a beautiful, rustic backdrop of country.

Customer Reviews

Good family movie.
S. Robinson
At it's core, this tale is about family and life lessons.
Lora Price
Very good acting and storyline.
N. Douglas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By L. Pacheco on December 29, 2002
Format: DVD
Teen actor, Chris Olivero, and Hollywood legend, Richard Crenna, deliver outstanding and believable performances in this coming of age movie about a bratty, California kid, Mike Lewis (Olivero), who is shipped off to visit his grandfather, Ben Maxwell (Crenna), in Colorado. While there, the argumentative and often smart-aleck Lewis, stirs up enough trouble for the town and his kindhearted grandfather. After several confrontations, the disrespectful grandson decides he wants to return to his spoiled lifestyle in Los Angeles. His grandfather agrees, but decides the two will travel to California by way of horseback. A disgruntled Lewis, tries his hardest to come up with every excuse to avoid the trek to the Pacific coast, but finds himself on the losing end of the battle. Shortly after their journey begins, they meet up with a group of Ben Maxwell's longtime friends, who together, take Maxwell's grandson on the journey of a lifetime by exposing him to down-to-earth western values and hard-working morals. After many trials along the trail, lessons are learned and Lewis and his grandfather discover something about each other they never expected. The film is laced with thought-provoking topics, incredible chemistry, outstanding performances, and certainly the greater values in life that founded our nation. Just short of Oscar caliber for Crenna, this film is highly recommended for all! A great film with good, clean humor, and patriotic family values!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Douglas on November 14, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the most wonderful movie for all ages. Very good acting and storyline. A must see!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Boyd on May 4, 2009
Format: DVD
"By Dawns Early Light" deals very effectively with many of todays results of our deteriorated culture. Bad parenting, failed government schools, obsession with material replacements substituted for real personal relationships and a constant decaying of values that worked effectively for generations are exposed and corrected with warmth and humor. There are nuggets for both genders and all ages to make you smile, laugh and think about changes you might consider for yourself and those close to you. The message is presented in such a fashion, you will want to see this little gem and share it with others for whom you care over and over.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lora Price on June 27, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this last night via Netflix. I was very pleasantly surprised throughout this film. It has an actual plot with a shinning moral fiber that the bulk of movies and tv have been lacking for several years. At it's core, this tale is about family and life lessons. It is heart-warming yet serious.

Maxwell and Decker, the two mentoring elders for the spoiled teen are my favorite characters--because they both have steel-coated convictions but gentle hearts. Decker's son was a nice touch because due to being a youngling he found it a bit easier to relate to the 'city kid'.

I loved the culture contrast, the horses, and the emphasis on heart this film exemplifies. Clean fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sue Walls on August 30, 2009
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This is one of those movies you can share with everyone. It has a great cast, is family oriented, has terrific scenery of our great country and most of all shares a lesson in a way that makes a deep and lasting impression. I have shared this movie with teachers who viewed it with their students and they related greatly to the young man in the film. I feel it should be shown in all schools and youth groups!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on June 9, 2012
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This movie shows what the real world is like & how important respect & values make a person who they are. Also knowing the roots of one's lineage. Richard Creanna tried to show his spoiled grandson what life is all about & the impotance of personal integrity & concern for his fellow men. The grandson learned the hard way & his grandfather was able to instill in him the imortance of family & self respect for himself. His grandfather is a WW II war hero & wanted his grandson to love his country like he did. In the end the grandson got to know his grandfather, and undestood the importance of keeping your word & show respect to the Flag & what it represence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By coach Grand on February 26, 2013
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For anyone with a teenage son, or one who will become one, this is an inspirational movie. Richard Crenna lent his vast experience as an actor to making this movie super.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By janie morris on March 17, 2013
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This movie tells it like it is, a reality check for a mixed up young man, but it touches the heart
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