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Young Charley Michaels and his family have just moved to Cleveland. There he meets Annie, a 3-legged springer spaniel who seems to have a positive effect on all she meets. Annie has just had puppies that will be destroyed if they don't find homes, so Charley sets off to find loving homes for the puppies and learns that they are not your ordinary dogs - they're miracle dogs! Josh Hutcherson, Kate Jackson, Rue McClanahan, and Stacy Keach star.
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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.