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  • Summary: The film is set on the eve of World War II in a Yorkshire mining town. After falling on hard times, the Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog, to the Duke of Rudling. When she succeeds in escaping her cage, Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away to the Duke's remote castle on the northern coast of Scotland. However, she is determined to defy the odds and return to the home she loves. So begins an incredible adventure, set against a stunning series of landscapes, that sees Lassie facing dangers both natural and human finding help in unexpected places as she make her way across the country, to reach home in time for Christmas. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    100
    When class conflict stirs the viewer's attention as much as a canine hero's homecoming, it's clear that this isn't the usual (read: mindless) family entertainment.
  2. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    91
    About as good as a Lassie movie can be.
  3. A heartwarming and moving adventure that does excellent justice to the classic character.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    Peter O'Toole is magisterial, blustering and sublime: His half-deaf duke still has a touch of Lawrence of Arabia's showstopping power.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    80
    Lassie puts its trust in kids to be grown up, and appeals honestly (minus the usual knowing winks) to grown-ups by returning them to a state of childlike wonderment.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeanette Catsoulis
    80
    Lassie balances cruelty and tenderness, pathos and humor without ever losing sight of its youngest audience member.
  7. 75
    Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula--he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion--but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.

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