Old Yeller
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Based on the novel by Fred Gipson, Old Yeller is set in Texas in 1869. While his father is away on a cattle drive, 15-year-old Travis Coates (Tommy Kirk) takes over management of the family farm. Adopting a "strictly business" policy, Travis is irritated when younger brother, Arliss (Kevin Corcoran), adopts a frisky stray dog. But soon Travis is as fond of the dog as everyone else in the family; moreover, "Old Yeller" is an excellent watchdog. But while fighting off a mad wolf, Yeller is infected with rabies. Though Yeller seems unaffected at first, he eventually behaves so… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It comes from Disney's thoroughly proved mother lode: movies for the kids that adults will stay to enjoy themselves."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Disney Studios' first and best attempt at a boy-and-his-dog film..."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Classic Disney tearjerker still grabs."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"In 84 minutes we'll find out what taunting wild hogs'll get ya!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Sentimental, yes, but also sturdy as a hickory stick."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Everyone sheds tears for this family drama"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"What makes Old Yeller more than run-of-the-mill Disney is not only the gut-wrenching climax, but also the remarkably well-done uplift of the denouement."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Director Robert Stevenson understands how lightweight the first part is and never tries to make it seem more important that it is. His saves the energy and emphasis for the last act."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Every bit the warm, comfortable, and tragically bittersweet classic that had you sobbing like a infant the first time you saw it."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"Of all the boy-and-his-dog movies Hollywood's ever made, "Old Yeller" remains among the best."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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