A Dog Year

A Dog Year

Director: George LaVoo Cast: Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith


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A writer in the midst of an existential crisis finds his life transformed after adopting an abused border collie in this emotionally uplifting comedy. Based on author Jon Katz's best-selling memoir of the same name, A Dog Year opens to find the writer at an emotionally precarious stage in his life. The proud owner of two laid back Labrador Retrievers, Jon (Bridges) finds his staid existence shaken up as the twitchy new companion proves much more than a handful. Later, as Jon struggles to overcome a bad case of writer's block, his daughter Emma (Lauren Ambrose) returns home from college for a visit, and him know exactly how much she disapproves of his current living conditions. Finally inspired to make a change for the better, Jon relocates to a quiet farmhouse and seeks out the help of a compassionate dog trainer (Lois Smith), whose patience and insight help to improve not only the condition the traumatized dog, but the outlook of its troubled owner as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
UPC: 0883929163489
Original Release: 2008
Rating: TV-MA
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 40,756

Special Features

Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Jon Katz
Lauren Ambrose Emma
Lois Smith Lois
Domhnall Gleeson Anthony
Elizabeth Marvel Margo
Welker White Brenda
Jan Leslie Harding Nancy
Deirdre O'Connell Donna

Technical Credits
George LaVoo Director,Screenwriter
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Debbie De Villa Production Designer
Frank Doelger Producer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Vicki Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Liz Manne Producer
Jonathan Shoemaker Co-producer
Michael Taylor Editor
Bonnie Timmermann Co-producer
Leo Trombetta Editor
Joseph Vitarelli Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dog Year
1. I'm Jon Katz [7:30]
2. Dog Problems [4:53]
3. Tips [5:59]
4. No Idea [5:05]
5. My New Dog [6:01]
6. Worried [6:29]
7. You Can't Live Here [6:01]
8. The Dog Man [5:31]
9. Help [5:21]
10. The Instinct Test [8:29]
11. Look Him in The Eye [7:48]
12. A Dog Year [6:06]

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A Dog Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
joelooktwice More than 1 year ago
OK, I'll be the first reviewer. I saw this movie when it first aired on HBO and I've been waiting for the DVD. Jeff Bridges plays a curmudgeonly father having a midlife crisis. He tries to escape all his family obligations by becoming OBSESSED with a crazy dog. I can relate to that! It's a funny situation that says a lot about the way we live our lives! I know many people who think their dogs are smarter than most people!! They do a good job with the dog in the movie. He feels like a real dog. Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors. I liked him in CRAZY HEART and he's excellent here as well. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actor for this role. Hey, it's not a big Hollywood epic, but I enjoyed it because it's about the complex relationship between a man and a dog and it has a lot of heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago