Lassie

  • PG
  • Charles Sturridge (2005)
  • Ire / UK / Fr / US
  • 95 min
Lassie
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Canny canine Lassie is brushed up for a new generation in this solidly entertaining period adventure from FairyTale: a True Story director Charles Sturridge. Based on the same novel as 1943 classic Lassie Come Home, it explores the unbreakable bond between the collie and a poor miner's son in 1930s Yorkshire. Lip-quivering Jonathan Mason conveys just the right amount of pathos as the lad left brokenhearted when his destitute parents sell the pet to Peter O'Toole's local aristocrat. However, not even the Duke taking the dog away to Scotland can sever Joe and Lassie's ties, prompting an adventure-packed escape as she struggles to return home. Thanks to handsome cinematography and well-fleshed characters played by an impressive cast including O'Toole, Samantha Morton and John Lynch, this delightful film quickly transcends the predictable storyline. It is poignant, yet never mawkish, benefiting from subtle humour and a gritty undercurrent of social tension. Lassie's cuteness alone will enthral children, but the picture's greatest strength lies in its willingness to explore deeper and more mature themes.

Plot Summary

Period adventure starring Peter O'Toole, John Lynch and Samantha Morton. In a poor 1930s Yorkshire mining town, young Joe Carraclough and his collie Lassie share an unbreakable bond. But when the mine closes down, forcing Joe's parents to sell the pet, both boy and dog are heart-broken, and after a number of escapes, Lassie's new owner, the Duke of Rudling, takes her away to remotest Scotland...

Cast and crew

Cast

The Duke
Peter O'Toole
Sarah Carraclough
Samantha Morton
Sam Carraclough
John Lynch
Joe
Jonathan Mason
Rowlie
Peter Dinklage
Cilla
Hester Odgers
Hynes
Steve Pemberton
Daisy
Jemma Redgrave
Mapes
Gregor Fisher
Jeanie
Kelly Macdonald
Hulton
Edward Fox
Mr Justice Murray
Robert Hardy
Buckles
Nicholas Lyndhurst

Crew

Director
Charles Sturridge

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Available on DVD
Released 16 Dec 2005
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Childrens
Drama