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Danny the Dog (2005)

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A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

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A man treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine his entire life, ends up in a coma and is taken in the care of good people, but his sinister owner is looking to retrieve his most prized possession: a non stop human weapon triggered by the collar leashed on his neck. Written by mystic80

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,924,204 (France), 4 February 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,900,901, 15 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,520,892, 10 July 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,013,571, 5 January 2006
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Before Bob Hoskins was given the role of Bart, it was to be played by Billy Connolly who had to drop out due to other projects overrunning. Some scenes were shot prior to the change, this is why Morgan Freeman mentions being in Glasgow in the film. See more »

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During the fight with the bald stranger in the bathroom, the dents in the walls made from punching turn into holes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bart: Get 'em!
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Referenced in Intergalactic Combat (2007) See more »

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Music Saved His Life
30 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

In Glasgow, Danny (Jet Li) is a young specialist in marital arts raised like a dog by his owner, the gangster and collector Bart (Bob Hoskins). When Bart unleashes his collar, Danny behaves like a wild animal, savagely hurting and killing people as commanded by Bart. After an accident, the wounded Danny is lodged by the blind tuner of piano Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his stepdaughter Victoria (Kerry Condon). They welcome him in the breast of their family, humanizing Danny, who feels attracted by music. But his past haunts him.

I borrowed this DVD from a colleague not expecting to see a good movie, but only martial arts fights in a stupid plot... but I was absolutely wrong! "Danny the Dog" is a dramatic story, with an excellent construction of a character, from a brutal animal to a kind human being. Jet Li has certainly his best performance in the role of Danny, who will certainly shake the emotions of the viewer and make him or her think about how many people, including children, are badly treated around the world, and what society can expect from them. The optimistic conclusion gives us hope that some day this situation may be fixed with love, dignity and care. Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman are fantastic, as usual, and the unknown Kerry Condon is lovely playing the sweet Victoria. I see many movies, but "Danny the Dog" was probably the best surprise I have had this year. I do not give a ten because of the exaggerated conclusion. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Cão de Briga" ("Fight Dog")


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