My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip

Jay Russell (1999)

U Certificate


Our Score
Though corny at times, this is less sentimental than most boy-and-dog movies. Against the backdrops of the Second World War and Deep South segregation, Jay Russell's heart-warming family film traces the bonding between an eight-year-old Mississippi youngster and a Jack Russell terrier. The inseparable pair jointly confront school bullying, racial prejudice and a graveyard encounter with moonshiners that could have come straight from the pages of Huckleberry Finn. With Frankie Muniz appealing as the boy, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane providing stalwart support as his parents, and Enzo, the son of Frasier dog star Eddie, earning plaudits in the title role, this is old-fashioned entertainment for adults and older children, though the under-tens may find it a touch slow and talky.


The life of friendless eight-year-old Willie is transformed when he is given a terrier for his birthday. The bold little dog endears himself to the family and their small Mississippi community, while sharing all the trials and triumphs of growing up. Coming-of-age drama based on Willie Morris's Pulitzer prize-winning memoir, with Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson and Kevin Bacon.

Cast & Crew

Willie Morris Frankie Muniz
Ellen Morris Diane Lane
Dink Jenkins Luke Wilson
Jack Morris Kevin Bacon
Army buddy Mark Beech
Mrs Jenkins Susan Carol Davis
Mr Jenkins David Pickens
Big Boy Wilkinson Bradley Coryell
Narrator Harry Connick Jr
Director Jay Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 11 Aug 2000