Hambone and Hillie (1983)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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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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4 June 2019 | videorama-759-859391
| What Could Have Been
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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