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Cute puppies bring health and happiness to the denizens of an Ohio hospital in Miracle Dogs. When young Charlie Logan (Josh Hutcherson) and his parents (Kate Jackson and Ted Shackelford) accidentally run into a stray Springer Spaniel, the injury is minor but the dog turns out to have cancer in one of her forelegs, which has to be amputated. To save the dog from euthanasia, Charlie smuggles her into the Cleveland Clinic, where his parents work, and keeps her in the basement with the assistance of the cantankerous custodian (Stacey Keach). But in no time the dog, now dubbed Annie by Charlie, starts wandering through the hospital, miraculously healing the patients. Hospital rules and miraculous healing collide in this adaptation of the popular children's book Annie Loses Her Leg But Finds Her Way, which is sure to warm the heart of any dog-lover. --Bret Fetzer
- The Making of Miracle Dogs
- Cast interviews and bios
- Fun facts
- Dog treat recipe
- Visit the Cleveland Clinic
- Sneak peek of The Retrievers
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While it is a light and cheery film, it is to be taken in all seriousness because of the quality of the performances and the superb and sensitive direction given by actor/writer/director Craig Clyde, who has also directed such films as The Derby Stallion, The Christmas Stallion and A Christmas Wish, the latter two which he also wrote.
Most of the cast members seem to be New York trained and highly respected: Wayne Rogers, Stacy Keach, Rue McClanahan (in a charming performance), Josh Hutcherson (who plays the young boy and has gone on to a successful acting career as an adult), among others. There are simply no bad, or even mediocre, performances in this film.
Special mention should be made of the focused performance by Talbot Perry Simons as the kindly but dutiful dog catcher who received his training at the Lee Strasberg Institute. In 2009 the independent film Still the Drums that he wrote, directed, performed in and composed a song for won the following awards at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival: Best Movie, Best Directorial Debut, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best New Song - "Nobody's Fault But Mine the P.T.S.D. Blues." Pretty impressive!
These actors bring this warm and charming story to full life.
Perhaps there was a time frame limit, but the film's ending seemed to be rushed and sequential happy endings were depicted in one situation after another. Of course with such an upbeat children's story certainly no one wants it to end miserably, but on the other hand the ending seemed to be too sketchy, too conveniently tied up, albeit rosily. Particularly in the final segment I would have liked to have viewed the action worked out to fulfillment, rather than an "on the way" situation with puzzling, unexplained factors.
Nevertheless, this is an exceptional film of a magical tale abounding with sterling talent.
I guess this is a nice choice if you have kids or 90 minutes to kill. There's better stuff out there however.
Part of an order already rated as far as shipping and condition are concerned, all good and of course speed of delivery good as well, it was in the same shipment as some DVD's rated already.