Charles Sturridge (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Bankruptcy forces the Carraclough family to sell their devoted pet to a mean-spirited duke and his wife. But, when the well-to-do couple move away, Lassie pines for her first home and decides to track down her former owners. Family adventure, starring Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch, Peter Dinklage, Steve Pemberton and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Charles Sturridge
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 16 Dec 2005
Children's Drama