Where The Red Fern Grows

MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
92 mins
Stewart Peterson, James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Jack Ging, Lonnie Chapman, Jill Clark, Jeanna Wilson, Rex Corley, John Lindsey
Norman Toker
Lyman D. Dayton

Content at a Glance


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be danged-2; god used in reverence.


hunting raccoons without guns; kids bullying a young boy; two boys fight with one boy; boy hits his head; storm frightens horses; man falls and breaks his leg; mountain cat jumps on young boy; dogs fight with mountain cat.


young boys with chewing tobacco.


man undressing for bed in his long johns.


young boys lying about tobacco for dad; scene of young boy’s funeral; one dog dies from injuries and other dies from loneness.


“Where the Red Fern Grows” is a classic movie with Christian themes the whole family can enjoy together. Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard to save his earnings to achieve his dream of buying two red bone hound dogs. Through adventure and tragedy, he develops a new trust in God, as he faces overwhelming challenges while roaming the river bottoms of Cherokee country with Old Dan and Little Ann.

In this timeless and poignant coming of age story, Billy realizes the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, integrity, and heroics. Based on the novel by Wilson Rawls, “Where the Red Fern Grows” is an unforgettable classic DVD every family should own.

Movie Message

Here is a story of a boy and his adventures with his hunting dogs during the depression. Billy wanted hunting dogs so bad he even prayed about it. His grandfather tells him that maybe God wants Billy to meet him part-way. Billy figures out what his grandfather means and earns the money for the dogs. He learns about hard work and saving for something he wants. Once Billy receives the dogs, he has to train them to be coon hunting dogs and they learn to become the best in their area. But along the way the three face challenges, tragedies and sadness.

This is a faith-based story of growing up, loyalty and making important choices. It is a movie that is entertaining for the entire family, although there are some scenes that may be frightening for younger children, much like those in the classic movie “Old Yeller”. Due to these scenes this movie is awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12+.

For Ages 12 And Over

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