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- kevin sellers
Hadn't seen it since I was in second grade (long time ago) and I was surprised at how good it still is. There's a bit too much Disney Animal stuff in the middle (I mean, does Old Yeller have to fight EVERY non canine creature in rural Texas?) and the location shooting looks too California for what's supposed to be Texas Hill Country, and Fess Parker's Imparting Wisdom speech to his son at the end verges on the banal (something about how you gotta take the bad with the good in life, or maybe it's the other way around, I forget) but these criticisms aside I was totally enthralled by the movie, particularly the acting quality of the two leads, Dorothy McGuire and Tommy Kirk. One or the other of them is in every scene and a so so performance from either would have really hurt the overall beleivability of the film. Fortunately, both are completely credible as Texas farm folk, especially Kirk who, as Leonard Maltin noted, even provides a decent twang. (Alas, Ms. McGuire's Nebraska tones are quite audible.) Also helping are strong portrayals in sloth from Jeff York and sensitivity from Chuck Connors. And of course the climactic scene with the eponymous dog will have a profound impact on you. I didn't cry, but I was definitely in the neighborhood. And what makes the scene all the more powerful is an absence of histrionics from Kirk and McGuire. It's a QUIETLY devastating scene. So kudos to veteran Disney director, Robert Stevenson. And to Charles P. Boyle for cinematography that is warmly poetic without being prettified. Give it an A minus.
From start to finish a WALT Disney Classic. You notice I used capital letters on the word WALT, because when he was alive, and in charge, you got the Best in entertainment. You could take your kids or send them, to a Disney movie and not have to worry about what they would see. AND there Was a reality lesson to be learned at the end, that was done with tact and consideration for the children in the audience. I spent 25 years as an Animal Rescue Officer, and had to deal with rabies and distemper, all to often. Unlike the movie CUJO which while a great scary movie, was totally Wrong and Badly misleading, as to the affects of rabies. Old Yeller told it like it was in the1830s and still is today. There is no cure, except a quick and hopefully painless death. and the body cremated.
Still traumatized after 36 years!
- Evie Jackson
Worst movie ever! I saw it when I was in the 3rd grade and still remember every detail and I'm now 44 years old! I will never let my children watch this movie and if you're an animal lover like me, stay away from this one!
Old Yeller (1957)
A fine family film with the usual excellent production from Disney. Very well made, Dorothy Maguire does a fine job. Very moving. Great score.
If you feel like a tear jerker...
- ms. miniver
That was so friggin sad! Oh jeez... I read the book when I was little and I was bawling at the end too! Old Yeller is right up there on the sad movie list along with The Yearling, Lassie Come Home, and Bambi.
- Marilyn Alexander
I remember seeing this movie when I was a young girl. It was one of the best I had ever seen. It was full of adventure. Watching a young boy and a stray dog come to love one another is a wonderful story for the whole family.I don't think there was dry eye in the theatre. I have seen it a few times as I got older and I still cried at the end. I know I will enjoy it again.