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Firehouse Dog (Full Screen Edition) (2007)

Josh Hutcherson , Bruce Greenwood , Todd Holland  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner, Bill Nunn, Scotch Ellis Loring
  • Directors: Todd Holland
  • Writers: Michael Colleary, Mike Werb, Claire-Dee Lim
  • Producers: Michael Colleary, Michael J. Maschio, Mike Werb, Mitch Glick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUU7KW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Firehouse Dog (Full Screen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Full Screen Feature & Widescreen Features
  • Dogster Montage
  • Dog Treats (5)
  • Loft Fire: Storyboard to Screen
  • True Hollywoof Story
  • Deleted Scenes
  • FMC Special Casting Rexx
  • PSA
  • Rex's Poster Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Adolescence is an emotionally stormy time for kids, but it's especially so for Shane (Josh Hutcherson), a teenager being raised by single firefighter father Connor (Bruce Greenwood). Add the recent death of Shane's fire-captain uncle (Connor's brother) in the line of duty and the pending closure of their neighborhood "Dogpatch" fire station, and both Shane's propensity for skipping school and brooding in his room and his father's obsession with work seem easily explainable. When a mutt called Dewey, really a very spoiled superstar dog named Rexxx who's been presumed dead after a parachuting stunt gone wrong, turns up in a burning building and is rescued by the Dogpatch crew, Connor puts Shane in charge of caring for the dog and finding its owner. Shane and Dewey clash immediately and Shane is extremely resentful toward both the dog and his father. However, Dewey's special talents (like skateboarding and trampoline jumping), combined with his good fire-fighting instincts, soon win the admiration and affection of Shane and the entire Dogpatch crew. A series of mysterious fires causes Shane and Connor to begin to really communicate and reconnect, but those fires also threaten their very lives. At the same time, Dewey's former owner discovers Dewey's true identity and demands the return of his superstar companion. An engaging dog story that explores the difficulties of growing up and dealing with personal tragedy, Firehouse Dog is a fun family film that's rated PG due to some mildly crude humor (think potty jokes), language, and action peril. --Tami Horiuchi

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Product Description

Rex, Hollywood's top K-9 star, gets lost and is reluctantly adopted by a young boy. His father, fire chief of a rundown station agrees to the adoption only if his defiant son takes care of the K-9. Little do they realize Rexx will not only bring them closer but also bring some much-needed faith back to the fire station.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Mutt September 1, 2007
Format:DVD
This is a good old fashioned family movie about a boy and a dog, and of course, like all shaggy dog tales, the mutt is the star. Celebrity dog Rexxx (note the x's) chucks in his glamorous poodle-filled life to become a firehouse dog, the only fringe benefits being that he can chase the fire-engine and investigate a lot of hydrants.

He adopts a young boy named Shane, who is rather unwilling at first, but after some aerial acrobatics, a few search and rescues and a lot of canine flatulence, Shane finally gets around to appreciating Rexxx, even though he mistakenly believes his name to be Dewey. "Dewey" soon rises to the rank of mascot, and is duly appreciated by the humans, especially the inhabitants of the Dogpatch Fire Station, who although friendly enough, don't seem to be the sharpest tools in the shed.

There are two other stories filling out the movie, one being the relationship between Shane and his firefighter father, and the other being the mystery of the curiously contagious conflagrations in the Dogpatch area.

Corny and cheesy in places, but never whiny, this is a movie you can watch with small kids (your teenagers may be otherwise occupied), but as you will see, the star of this movie is undoubtedly the hot mutt.

Amanda Richards, September 1, 2007
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rex with a Triple X November 13, 2007
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Being an adult, the first few minutes almost made me turn it off. It came across as another low brow kids movie. But shortly after that it became a family movie and I was glad I stuck it out. When Rexxx becomes Dewey we see a unusual dog become a great pet and firehouse mascot. That transition changes the lifes of all he touches. Fans of dogs should definitely catch it as it truly shows how dogs are one of man and woman's best friends. I have to say one as I think cats are too. This is a good family dog movie that starts out a little pretentious with Rexxx as a toupee wearing movie star, but then pretty much settles into a realistic story about a lost dog becoming a treasured pet and friend. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys dog movies or family movies. The DVD quality was good and includes several extras.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewer from Sweden - 5 star film! June 22, 2007
Format:DVD
I'm a 25 year old boy and I'm a Josh Hutcher fan, and this film is one of the best. First of all - I really enjoy when animals, like this dog, has the leading part! Everyone who like those kind of movies (like Air Bud) like this film too. Its a very fun film for anyone, age 7-100! Thanks for reading my review & Greetings from Sweden :-)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Film June 25, 2007
Format:DVD
My family saw this movie two times and really enjoyed it - all of us (ages: 44, 40, 15, 13, 11 and 7). There are some very funny moments and the film has a great message about family. I highly recommend the film for your DVD collection - it is one that will be watched over and over.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lame but Lovable 'Dog' September 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Critics will undoubtedly have a bone to pick with `Firehouse Dog'. I can hear all sorts of comments coming to roost: "Lame and predictable 'Dog' ,...What a dog!...too doggone routine,...you can't teach these screenwriters new tricks...let this one roll over and play dead." I have to admit that this movie is often dumb (and I usually don't like dumb movies), but it often contains some decent family entertainment. The jokes are nearly all dumb, but at least they are effective nearly half of the time. While there are enough "spots" to tarnish this film, it has some solid components and redeeming qualities.

The premise isn't unusual. Prima donna canine movie star Rexxx has an implausible accident during a stunt in a scene for a recent movie. Stray from the cast and crew, he hits the road and comes into the company of "Rescue 26/Engine 55," a neighborhood fire station whose existence is teetering on the contingency of budget cuts of all things. Following him is his ambitious and greedy agent who all but gives up the diva dog for good. Above the fire station is an administrator who has a plan of his own for the firehouse.

While the plot sometimes makes one want to howl, the acting is laudably in prime shape. Josh Halverson (of 'Bridge to Terabithia' fame) ably plays Shane Fahey, a hapless son of the fire chief, who is scarred by the deaths of his mother and his uncle, whom his father replaced. Coming across a self-willed stray is hardly compensation for the pre-adolescent who only has a girl love interest and a concerned, but stern father to help him commiserate his inner wounds. Bruce Greenwood gives us a laudably earnest performance as his father, Connor, who must wear his badge warily with all the problems set before them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great and fun movie August 10, 2007
By S. Wing
Format:DVD
bought this film for my 90 year mother but I was very please that it told a story and a moral my mom love it my children and grandkids love it. it is easy to say age 1 to 90 will like this movie
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My kids loved it. They are boys age 6 and 11. The film has great animal stunts, rousing fire-fighting drama, and a pretty good script, too. Just rent or buy and enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Firehouse Dog won't go down as one of the greatest family films in history (like A Dog of Flanders or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), but is good solid family entertainment, with the kind of effective blend of comedy, action, and drama found in more successfull action comedies (The Goonies) and comedy dramas (The Courtship of Eddie's Father).

Josh Hutcherson, who proved his diverse acting skills starring in films ranging from Little Manhattan to Bridge to Terabithia, plays 12-year-old Shane, who's father is the Captain of the firehouse housing Fire Engine 55. We learn through dialog that the Captain is a widower who succeded his own late brother to the job, leaving Shane with very little parental supervision. While ditching school Shane runs into Rexxx, a lost Hollywood movie dog. Shane is caught due to the dog jumping on him, and resents the dog for a while. Rexxx was lost wearing a prop collar so they think his name is Dewey, and can't find the owner; but while trying Shane learns how good Dewey is at tricks and gradually decides he wants to adopt him. So you have a typical dog movie situation, the dogs presence improving the boys character while you wonder if the boy will have to lose the dog if the Hollywood owner ever turns up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watched with my four year old and we both enjoyed it
I didn't expect to enjoy this movie, but it was well done with a high production value. It wasn't overly "cheesy" like so many other kids films.
Published 1 month ago by david ball
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful movie!
This is a wonderful movie. My granddaughter and I have watched it at least three times a day since I received via digital media. We are very happy with this purchase. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tahlula
5.0 out of 5 stars firehouse dog.
I bought this movie because my grandchildren and I watched it on TV and they absolutely loved it even though it's an older movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karen Dalrymple
5.0 out of 5 stars Firehouse dog
This is a great movie. My grandsons just love it and it has a good story. Adults love it too
Published 4 months ago by joleta johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids loved it
my grandson loves this movie.. He wants to be a fireman when he grows up.
he watches it over and over again..
Published 4 months ago by Kathy Aragon
5.0 out of 5 stars We laughed we cried all was well in the end
We laughed we cried and all was well in the end. I would recommend this to any animal lover! Cute movie but me being me I cried a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie!
Great movie the for entire family. This movie has it all! Action, adventure, an adorable dog, and most of all, a lesson that can be learned from the story. A must see for all!
Published 4 months ago by Tracie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars best all around
This movie is an all around both adult and kids movie we have watched it several times on TV then we just had to purchase it we will wear it out also our grandchildren enjoy it
Published 5 months ago by Rev Larry L. Patterson sr
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
I loved this movie and had to buy the DVD so I could watch it again. A wholesome and wonderful adventure with a very talented dog and caring adults.
Published 5 months ago by Pat Wolter
3.0 out of 5 stars Family fun
Enjoyable family movie that all can watch and enjoy. Not ground breaking but puts a smile on your face. Enjoyed
Published 5 months ago by Mark Hatfield
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