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Lassie Come Home

Barkin' good moral-rich classic. But violent, too.
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1943
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like a good collie, Lassie displays tremendous loyalty, honesty, and helpfulness.

Violence & scariness

Lassie encounters lots of perilous situations as she makes her way back home, including being shot at, being attacked by other dogs, and getting bloody paws from walking over jagged rocks. Lassie attacks some men who are threatening Rowlie. During a mugging, two men attack Rowlie, beating Rowlie and hitting and killing Toots. Rowlie is seriously injured.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rowlie smokes a pipe.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this boy-and-his-dog classic is full of good morals and helpful lessons, there's also tremendous peril that may disturb younger and more sensitive viewers. For instance, two men attack Rowlie, beat him, and kill Toots. Lassie gets shot at and attacked by dogs, and even injures her leg in an escape.

What's the story?

Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) is a young boy who knows a few things: His family is poor but loving, and his trusty dog Lassie will show up at his school at 4 o'clock to pick him up. When school gets out one day and Lassie doesn't appear, Joe is forced to face the harsh economic reality of England in the 1940s; Joe's parents couldn't afford to keep her anymore and sold Lassie to a rich man who shows dogs. Joe's parents are as heartbroken as he is, though they try to hide it: "Lassie cost a lot to feed," laments his mom (Elsa Lanchester). "These are poor times, Joe." Whether they can afford to pay for Lassie or not doesn't seem to matter to the dog herself. After several attempts to return home, Lassie's new owner and granddaughter (Elizabeth Taylor, appearing in just her second film) take her to Scotland, hundreds of miles away. Can Lassie get away? Can she make it home to Joe one more time? And if she does, can she stay?

Is it any good?


There are few loves more tangible to a child than the love of a good pet; in LASSIE COME HOME, viewers are treated to the classic tale of how a very good pet reciprocates that love 100-fold. Kids will no doubt see past some of the movie's old-timey qualities (at the beginning, the filmmakers announce this "picturization" of the well-loved book by Eric Knight, and that Knight was a soldier in the war, presumably World War I or World War II) and get into the drama that unfolds. They're even likely to cry at the end.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to care for pets. How does Joe show his love for Lassie? How does Priscilla show her love for the dog? How do you decide to do something that's difficult for you?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 7, 1943
DVD/Streaming release date:August 24, 2004
Cast:Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall
Director:Fred McLeod Wilcox
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 9 years old September 20, 2009
Hi, I'm ten years old and I think this is a great film! there is a part that may be a bit scary for kids that aren't used to dramatic parts. But together it's the same old message "East West Home Best"
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Adult Written bymabel2009 March 22, 2009

great classic dog movie-keep the whole family interested!

Charming & well-done movie. Sure there's a slightly scary part...but overall it's a sweetly sad movie with a perfect storybook ending! :)