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Hambone and Hillie (1983)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 24 April 1984 (USA)
A dog (Hambone) treks from New York City to Los Angeles to be reunited with his owner (Hillie), meeting a host of helpers along the way.


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Sandra K. Bailey (screenplay), Michael S. Murphey (screenplay) (as Michael Murphey) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Gish ... Hillie Radcliffe
Candy Clark ... Nancy Rollins
O.J. Simpson ... Tucker
Robert Walker Jr. ... The Wanderer (as Robert Walker)
Jack Carter ... Lester Burns
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mc Vickers (as Alan Hale)
Anne Lockhart ... Roberta Radcliffe
Timothy Bottoms ... Michael Radcliffe
Sidney Greenbush ... Amy McVickers (as Sidney Robin Greenbush)
William Jordan William Jordan ... Bert Rollins
Paul Koslo ... Jere
Arnie Moore Arnie Moore ... Dognapper
Nancy Morgan ... Ellen
Robert Feero ... Skip
Alan Abelew Alan Abelew ... Manny


A dog (Hambone) treks from New York City to Los Angeles to be reunited with his owner (Hillie), meeting a host of helpers along the way.

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Release Date:

24 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Hambone See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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2.35 : 1
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According to the film editor, Jay Kamen was the original director on the film. The first scenes to be shot were the "on location" scenes. The small crew started in New York City, and traveled across the country. Prior to the commencement of principal photography in Los Angeles, Kamen was replaced by the credited director by order of producer Sandy Howard. See more »


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Who thought O.J would of popped up in this? He's just one of the characters, little lost Hambone meets on his ultimate quest/travels, to be reunited with his one true soul mate, Gish, perfect here. But O.J's the least of this films problems. I'm an advocate of anti animal cruelty, and I could not believe the filmmakers, showed depictions of a dog being whipped, or another being run down, as if down with such disregard, I myself felt sick, while being momentarily left in stupor. There are other moments in this film, that again, left me again with that feeling. I would of love to have torn the ar..e out of the actor/dog hater, for playing such a repellent character. Ex, white shock of hair, Koslo, who later appears, later as a thief, playing another repellent character, is just typecast. I totally agree with one other reviewer, about the no spark, in the precious bond that exists between Gish and man's best friend. For starters, the grief isn't shown enough as by the small number of scenes, not Gish's performance. She's just dealing the hand she's been dealt, And where's the plot, turning points, where instead we rely on the characters to carry us through, and it does, but I just felt this film was a mess, yet a standalone dog film, but an unremarkable one, too. The sudden end that took me by surprise, as to sudden end itself ( not the jaw dropped predictability of it) that just typified the problems with this movie, as if done with a stretched budget like The Norsemen. Shame, as it wasted some really good performances, none better than the solid Gish, of course. Timothy Bottoms, as her grandson, was wasted heavily in this too. Look up above, at the poster.... that's the best thing about this movie, and yes, there were moments, I cried heavily, in this near 90 minute pic, where you won't be doggone.

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