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Directed by Rodney Gibbons • 1998 • United Kingdom
Starring James Cromwell, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper
This immensely touching adaptation of the classic children’s book by Alfred Ollivant features breathtaking location shooting on the Isle of Man. It’s there that David (Dylan Provencher), a young American boy, is sent to live on a sheep farm with his gruff, embittered grandfather Adam (BABE’s James Cromwell) after his parents are killed in a car accident. While the old man gradually warms to the boy, a bitter feud erupts between Adam and a neighboring farmer—with David and two beloved dogs, Zac and Owd Bob, caught in the middle.