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Owd Bob (1998)

Not Rated | | Family, Drama | 17 February 1998 (Argentina)
Recently orphaned in America, teenager David Roberts must spend the summer with grumpy maternal grandfather Adam MacAdam, whom he never met, on his sheep-farm on the Isle of Man. Both long ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
James Cromwell ... Adam MacAdam
Colm Meaney ... Keith Moore
Jemima Rooper ... Maggie Moore
John Benfield ... Blake
Anthony Booth ... Tammas
Dermot Keaney ... Peter
Moira Brooker ... Heather Moore
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Janet MacPherson
Dylan Provencher Dylan Provencher ... David Roberts
Paul Moulton Paul Moulton ... Constable Jack
Len Hulme Len Hulme ... Doctor Southam
Pam Smith Pam Smith ... Mrs. Stewart
Liz Peters Liz Peters ... Barmaid
Jo Hulme Jo Hulme ... Trophy Presenter
Alan Barker Alan Barker ... Reporter


Recently orphaned in America, teenager David Roberts must spend the summer with grumpy maternal grandfather Adam MacAdam, whom he never met, on his sheep-farm on the Isle of Man. Both long for the end of the summer, having nothing in common but their love for dogs, notably Adam's precious champion sheepdog Bob. David strikes a friendship with Maggie, the sassy daughter of friendly neighbor Keith Moore, but Adam hates that family on account of an old canine competition-related tragedy. Other neighbors suspect Bob and the Moore's dog of the recent series of nocturnal sheep-kills. Written by KGF Vissers

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Family | Drama


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17 February 1998 (Argentina) See more »

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Isle of Man

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This movie is based on an a 1898 children's book of the same name (also called Bob, Son of Battle in the USA) by Alfred Olivant. See more »


Remake of Thunder in the Valley (1947) See more »

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Lovely tale with a fantastic setting, tears will fall
14 March 2014 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Poor David (Dylan Provencher). His parents have died in a car accident in the States. With no other choice, he is sent to live with his only known relative, his grandfather Adam (James Cromwell) on the Isle of Man. Before David lands on the beautiful island in the Irish Sea, his grandfather has to be persuaded by the social services to let the boy stay with him, as Adam is a bitter, crusty recluse. However, things initially go well. Perhaps it is because David volunteers to help with the work almost the minute he arrives. This involves taking care of the farm, especially the herd of sheep. Yet, as David soon discovers, there is a sheepdog as testy as Adam, named Zack, who minds the sheep. One day, David makes the acquaintance of near neighbors, Maggie and her father Michael, but as soon as Adam finds out, he tells David not to see them again. There is, you see, a long-standing grievance between Adam and Michael. In addition, they are rivals in the island's annual sheepdog contest, where Maggie's dog Owd Bob is second only to Zack. David and Maggie continue to see each other on the sly. Soon, a crisis occurs. There are lambs turning up dead on the hills and the suspected killer is Zack, Adam's dog, though he vehemently denies it. Also, sadness arrives at Maggie's house and Zack wants to help but is forbidden. What will happen to all of the folks on this little speck of gorgeous land? This is a fine tale with a breathtaking setting which few will get to visit. The Isle of Man sits in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland and it will put your eye out with its beauty. Meanwhile, this is really a story of two dogs, Bob and Zack, and the quarreling families who own them. There is much screen time devoted to the problems of the humans, too. Cromwell is an exceptional actor and he repeats the farmer's role he had in Babe, only with no seeming warmth in his heart. Provencher, Colm Meany and all of the other cast members are quite fine, too. Be forewarned that tears are likely to gush forth at any viewing. But, for certain, get this film now, before you are OWD! Its wonderful.

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