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Firehouse dog

Promotional poster for Firehouse dog
Directed by Todd Holland
Produced by Michael J. Maschio
Written by Claire-Dee Lim
Mike Werb
Michael Colleary
Starring Josh Hutcherson
Bruce Greenwood
Dash Mihok
Steven Culp
Bill Nunn
Music by Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography Victory Hammer
Editing by Scott J. Wallace
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) April 4, 2007
Running time 111 min.
Country  United States
Language English
IMDb profile

Firehouse Dog is a family film produced by Regency Enterprises and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Todd Holland, it stars Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok, Steven Culp and Bill Nunn. It was released April 4, 2007, in the U.S. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 395 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (498 × 755 pixel, file size: 80 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film... Todd Holland (b. ... Joshua Ryan Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American film and television actor. ... Bruce Greenwood (born August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Quebec) is a Canadian actor. ... Dash Mihok (born May 24, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Steven Bradford Culp (born December 3, 1955) is an American actor. ... Bill Nunn (born October 20, 1953) is an African American actor. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A family film is a film genre that, like a childrens film, is suitable for young children, but with the difference that a family film has been carefully written, directed, cast and acted so that it will appeal to all members of a typical family (or if not typical... Regency Enterprises was formed in the early 80s. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Todd Holland (b. ... Joshua Ryan Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American film and television actor. ... Bruce Greenwood (born August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Quebec) is a Canadian actor. ... Dash Mihok (born May 24, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Steven Bradford Culp (born December 3, 1955) is an American actor. ... Bill Nunn (born October 20, 1953) is an African American actor. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

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Plot

The film starts in the tour bus of celebrity dog Rexxx. He is about to film a secret agent skydiving movie scene, but he does not want to. After some persuasion by a lady, he is seen on the plane. A storm brews and lightning hits the plane, knocking Rexxx out of it and removing his parachute. He lands in a tomato truck and soon meets a boy named Shane Fahey (Josh Hutcherson), who is ditching science class. Because Rexxx helps to capture truant Shane, the boy hates Rexxx and calls him "ugly stinking mutt," and "The Mutt from Hell". As Shane is taken to the fire station by his two friends and paramedics, Rexxx stays in the basement of a textile building. Shane confronts his dad, the station captain, Captain Connor Fahey (played by Bruce Greenwood), who is currently dealing with a crisis. His station, engine 55, also known as Dogpatch, is notoriously late when dispatching and responding to fires. The city manager intends to close the station down. Joshua Ryan Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American film and television actor. ... Bruce Greenwood (born August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Quebec) is a Canadian actor. ...


As the siren blares for yet another fire, the Dogpatch crew, engine 55, arrive last at the scene due to a faulty fire engine. Dogpatch is in competition against Fire station Greenpoint who is always first to dispatch and is led by Jessie Presley. Engine 55 arrives at the fire with Shane who spots Rexxx, on the roof of the burning building. Rexxx jumps from the roof onto a trampoline held by the firefighters. Dogpatch temporarily takes the dog in while Capt. Fahey orders Shane to put up and make "found dog" fliers. Shane makes the fliers with a huge amount of frustration due to Rexxx, who never stands still at camera, cleans his room up, sleeps on his bed by himself, etc. At that time, while Shane is putting up the fliers, Rexxx does some special stunts with Shane's skateboard. Amazed, Shane brings him to Engine 55's picnic where there is a dog stunt competition. The whole firemen crew is surprised, and Rexx a.k.a. Dewey is about to win until he reaches the ring of fire, where a dog that looked similar to his "girlfriend" is right front. He then doesn't continue the competition, and then everyone is disappointed. People start making fun of Dewey, but a girl from the winning fire station for the competition says that Dewey was supposed to win, but he didn't.


The dog, which the station calls "Dewey" - his collar reads "Dew", the name of the film he was making at the time of his disappearance - seems to have a special bond with the people of Dogpatch. Soon, Dogpatch is at its final week before closing and more fires occur, suspected to be arson. Dewey has a special talent for rescuing people trapped in fires.


In the meantime, Shane asks one of Dogpatch's firefighters why Dogpatch is closing. He tells Shane that all the houses and buildings of the dying town have either been sold or burnt. Months earlier, his uncle and Captain of Dogpatch, Mark Fahey, had gotten killed in the saw mill fire which was suspected to be arson. Shane takes the sawmill mystery upon himself and examines the evidence. One of the photos is of a "BOUTINE" wrist watch, which is later revealed to be the same brand that which had been used to start the sawmill fire. Also, he organizes his dad's pushpin map of fires into a map on a computer. Shane's dad comes home and tells him about a gala being held that evening, but Shane does not show any expression, and then his dad looks at Shane's "research" of the mystery and map. He compliments him, saying he is strong, etc., but Shane becomes sad and starts to cry when he talks about Uncle Mark and the arson fires to his dad.


After heroically rescuing Jessie Presley of Greenpoint, in a tunnel fire, Dewey makes his first public debut as the Dogpatch mascot. Dogpatch then makes huge news and Dewey begins to be called "Wonderdog". The mayor decides upon keeping Dogpatch open and asks Shane to appear with Dewey at the firefighter's gala. Shane decides to show the audience what Dewey can do. He asks the city manager to give Shane his wrist watch, which Connor Fahey hides in the potted plant nearby. Shane asks Dewey to find the watch, relying on its owner's scent, and return it to him. Instead Dewey finds his past owner Trey who had desperately searched for him all that time. After Dewey is reunited with his owner, Shane and Conner are both exceedingly disappointed. Then, Shane disheartedly returns to the gala and gives the watch back to the city manager. He notices that it says "BOUTINE" on it. After following the city manager into the kitchen, he hears him plotting with another firefighter to burn their next target. Shane rushes to the station to reach his dad who, as he later finds out, is currently responding to a harbor fire on a garbage barge. Dewey, who hears the sirens, jumps out of the hotel he and Trey are staying at. Dewey rushes to the fire and helps to put it out.


Meanwhile, Shane looks at his dad's city map which displays all of the zones of buildings in the city that have either been burned or sold. To his surprise, Dogpatch is the only building left. After several failed attempts to reach his dad, he contacts JJ, Captain Presley's daughter. He tells her of the scheme and they realize that the fire on the garbage barge at the harbor was a decoy to occupy all engines and that the real target is Dogpatch, the fire station.


Shane hears something upstairs and realizes that the city manager, now revealed to be the arsonist, is upstairs setting fire to the station. As the city manager is about to leave, Shane confronts him with a fire extinguisher by spraying at him. They fought but was interrupted when a huge explosion occurred sending them to the ground. At the harbor, Dewey senses something going on at the station. He dashes all the way to Dogpatch and sees the city manager, Zach, about to leave. He growls and threatens Zach. The city manager locks himself in a phone booth to keep away from Dewey. Dewey then spots Shane who was unconscious and wakes him up. Zach was first to be rescued. Shane, with Dewey, frantically tries to escape, but the only exit left is the kitchen. He gets to the kitchen but the door is sealed shut. Finally, with his father's help, he manages to break through. Categories: Crimes | Stub ...


Corbin's scam is revealed to the news and the Dogpatch crew members each receive a medal of honor. They also renovate the station and receive a dreamed-of 900 hp. Chrysler Hemi engine for their firetruck. Trey reclaims Dewey and realizes that Dewey is destined to be a firehouse dog, not an actor. He says that after Dewey has been a real hero, he can't pretend to be a hero in the movies. He gives him back to Shane, and then Shane and the whole fire station crew are all happy.


Production notes

Rexxx/Dewey is played in the film by four different Irish Terriers named Arwen, Frodo, Rohan, and Stryder, named after the characters/location from the Lord of the Rings book series. The Irish Terrier is a dog breed from Ireland, one of many breeds of Terrier. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... Frodo may mean: Fródi, the name of a number of Danish kings, Latinized as Frodo Frodo Baggins, a character in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Frodo (chimpanzee) Frodo (emulator), a Commodore 64 emulator Frodo (falcon), a Peregrine Falcon that nests in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia... For other uses, see Rohan (disambiguation). ... Aragorn II is a fictional character from J. R. R Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story by J. R. R. Tolkien, a sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. ...


Cast

Joshua Ryan Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American film and television actor. ... Bruce Greenwood (born August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Quebec) is a Canadian actor. ... Hannah Lochner (born on July 7, 1993 in Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actress. ... Bill Nunn (born October 20, 1953) is an African American actor. ... Mayte Jannell Garcia (b. ... Steven Bradford Culp (born December 3, 1955) is an American actor. ... Dash Mihok (born May 24, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Bree Turner (born March 10, 1977) is an American film actress/theater actress, commercial model and dancer. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... Frodo may mean: Fródi, the name of a number of Danish kings, Latinized as Frodo Frodo Baggins, a character in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Frodo (chimpanzee) Frodo (emulator), a Commodore 64 emulator Frodo (falcon), a Peregrine Falcon that nests in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia... For other uses, see Rohan (disambiguation). ... Aragorn II is a fictional character from J. R. R Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ...

Distribution

This movie was filmed in 2005 but was released in 2007. The dvd was released July 31, 2007.


Reception

Firehouse Dog garnered 31% positive reviews on the film-critic aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, and a 43/100 on MetaCritic. Justin Chang of Variety called it, "A likable but ungainly mutt of a movie".[1]. Ty Burr in The Boston Globe found "the human scenes in Firehouse Dog are perfectly acceptable on the level of a heartwarming family B-movie" but "that dog — or, rather, that digitally enhanced replicant — is just plain creepy".[2] While Carrie Rickey of The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "a touching, family-friendly entertainment about a dog and his boy",[3] Chris Kaltenbach of The Baltimore Sun felt it was "too busy being inspirational and cuddly to be funny or pointed" and "plays out as though its plot was stuck in molasses".[4] Frank Lovece of Film Journal International capped his review by suggesting that, "Firehouse Dog should be put to sleep before it can do the same to audiences".[5] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune (April 11, 2007) says: "Once it figures out it is more drama than comedy, "Firehouse Dog" exceeds your limited expectations....While the movie's ad campaign suggests wacky antics all the way, a surprisingly affecting and well-acted father/son relationship develops." This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... Ty Burr has been a film critic for the Boston Globe since 2002. ... The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ... The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of a two Knight Ridder newspaper duopoly daily for the Philadelphia area. ... The Sun is the newspaper of record for Baltimore, Maryland, with a daily press run of 247,193 copies and a Sunday run of 418,670 copies (9/30/05 Audit Bureau of Circulations report). ... Frank Lovece is an American journalist, author, comedy performer and comic-book writer. ... Film Journal International is a motion-picture industry trade magazine published by the American company Nielsen Business Media, a division of The Nielsen Company. ... // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ...


See also

The following criteria qualify a film for inclusion on this list: Primary plot of film regards firefighting or related fire/rescue service work in general. ...

References

  1. ^ Variety (posted April 3, 2007): Review by Justin Change
  2. ^ The Boston Globe (April 4, 2007): "'Firehouse Dog' needs some real warmth" (review by Ty Burr)
  3. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer (April 4, 2007): "From dog star to star of a boy's life" (review by Carrie Rickey)
  4. ^ The Baltimore Sun (April 4, 2007): "'Dog': smoke, no fire and no new tricks" (review by Chris Kaltenbach)
  5. ^ Film Journal International (posted April 4, 2007): Review by Frank Lovece

External links

  • Firehouse Dog at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official website
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Firehouse Dog
  • MetaCritic: Firehouse Dog

 
 

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