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Movie Review: 'A Dog for Flanders'

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A Dog of Flanders

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
101 minutes
performer:
Jeremy James Kissner, Jon Voight, Jack Warden
director:
Kevin Brodie
distributor:
Warner Home Video
author:
Kevin Brodie
genre:
Kids and Family, Drama

We gave it a D

If you’ve been longing to see the worst family entertainment of 1966, A Dog of Flanders may be the movie for you: It’s as stilted and icky-wholesome as a bad episode from The Wonderful World of Disney. In the 18th century, a blond Dutch-boy orphan, living with his grandfather and faithful pooch, dreams of becoming a painter in the spirit of Rubens. Based on a popular children’s book, the movie itself is a study in dankly lit farm-country interiors, ham actors uglified by muttonchops, and general quaint tedium. As the kindly artist-aristocrat who becomes the boy’s mentor, Jon Voight takes a nothing role and gives it the benefit of his sweetness, a quality that has been all but doused in this once-great actor’s recent performances.