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A Dog's Purpose (2017)

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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Bailey / Buddy / Tino / Ellie (voice)
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Teen Ethan (as KJ Apa)
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Grandpa Bill
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Maya
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Al
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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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Every dog happens for a reason. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | See all certifications »

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27 January 2017 (USA)  »

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La razón de estar contigo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,222,810 (USA) (27 January 2017)

Gross:

$64,304,940 (USA) (5 May 2017)
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Trivia

Prior to theatrical release, controversy arose when behind-the-scenes footage surfaced and appeared to show a distressed dog being forcibly submerged into turbulent pool water during filming. As a result of the leaked footage, the filmmakers chose to cancel the U.S. premiere. However, it was announced on February 4, 2017 by the American Humane Association that the footage was misleadingly edited and no abuse had taken place. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos is first introduced, the surname shown on his name tag and mentioned in dialogue is "Ruiz." But when he cradles Ellie after she's been shot, the name on his tag is now "Rodriguez." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bailey: [narrating] What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason? Is there a point to any of this?
[a litter of puppies]
Bailey: First, I had no idea what was going on. I... I couldn't see a thing. It was warm. There was my mother. Every day, I had fun. Was having fun the point? The whole point? No, it couldn't be that simple.
Dog Catcher: Here's one...
Bailey: And then it was over.
Dog Catcher: That's it for you.
[put him into his truck]
Bailey: No more fun. It seemed like such a short life. I mean, what exactly did I do? There was...
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Written by Chris Plansker (as Christopher Plansker) and Dan Yessian
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Amazing Movie
24 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Despite what TMZ and PETA have lied about. This is an amazing movie. I saw an early screening of it on January 18th and it is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I for one do not believe everything I see on the internet, therefore I had no reason to believe the video that "supposedly" showed animal abuse. Footage is very easily manipulated. People need to learn that. This movie is absolutely incredible, the story is amazing, and it made me cry at least five times. Overall I recommend the movie, and I recommend you not believe everything you see online. I had a great time watching this movie, I truly enjoyed it, I even plan to see it again when it is officially out.


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