In this moving made-for-TV drama helmed by Kevin Hooks, a family of black sharecroppers in Depression-era Louisiana faces a crisis when the father (Carl Lumbly) is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. His 11-year-old son (Daniel Lee Robertson III), looking to find his imprisoned father, meets failure and success along the way as he embarks on a coming-of-age odyssey. Paul Winfield plays a caring teacher in his final film role.
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- Kevin Hooks
TV-PGParental Guidance Suggested. This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is not a dog movie, but rather a poignant tale of an African American family set in the Depression-era South. Sometimes violent acts of racism are portrayed, and a father steals food to feed his family and ends up in jail. Both the dog of the title and another animal are hurt by humans. Themes of faith and belief in times of trouble underscore a religious sensibility in the film.
- Sexual Content
- Married couple kisses, are shown lying in bed together.
- Young boy is threatened by racist guards multiple times. A bull and a dog are both victims of human violence, but it takes place off-screen.
- True to the time and place in which is set, epitaphs that are unacceptable in modern language are used to underscore the racism of the community.
- Social Behavior
- The movie presents a family challenged by poverty and racism that nonetheless is bound together by love, resolute in their will to survive, and full of faith. The boy's determination to get an education is inspiring, particularly considering the obstacles in his path.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it