Where the Red Fern Grows

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Released 1974

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Director:
Norman Tokar
Released:
1974
Rating:
G
Where the Red Fern Grows is the beloved 1974 adaptation of the classic Wilson Rawls novel, directed by Norman Tokar. The story chronicles the life of little Billy (Stewart Petersen), as he desperately saves money to buy a pair of hunting dogs. It is evident that he leads a fairly poor, but honest life, and struggles with his decision to buy the dogs, as opposed to giving the money to his father. On going to collect the dogs, he is stared at by the local folk, almost looked down upon, each one in turn glancing at this scruffy, barefoot young character as he enters `their world'. Picked on by local children, he befriends the local sheriff. Billy is an idealistic young man, willing to take a beating and defy his mother, rather than break a promise to his dogs. All this makes him a very likeable, and identifiable character. This is further showed toward the end of the film, when his true courage and sportsmanship show themselves in a hunting competition.moreless
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