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Lassie Come Home

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Lassie Come Home

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
89 minutes
performer:
Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester, Elizabeth Taylor
director:
Fred M. Wilcox
distributor:
MGM/UA Home Video
genre:
Kids and Family, Drama

We gave it a B

The slightly older set will be hard-pressed to watch Lassie Come Home without a great big lump in the throat. The TV serie sired by both have assured that. Today’s kids, however, will probably approach this pet epic from a more dry-eyed point of view.

Its Technicolor restored to picture-postcard prettiness, Lassie Come Home proves the more durable. The sweet and clever collie, sold because its original family is hard-up, battles the elements for hundreds of miles — and has some shockingly violent fights — while returning from Scotland to the waiting arms of Roddy McDowall in Yorkshire, England. Never mind that the terrain is obviously California: This is the land of make-believe, where love and canine loyalty conquer all.

In this movie, kids must learn self-sacrifice, but their traumas do not leave lifelong scars. Happy endings are a given here — just as they were each week on TV. In a world of Ninja Turtles, this movie qualify as above-average family entertainment, providing kids with reasonably involving stories, and their parents with a pleasant nostalgic charge. B

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