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Old Yeller (1957)



Critic Consensus: Old Yeller is an exemplary coming of age tale, packing an emotional wallop through smart pacing and a keen understanding of the elemental bonding between humanity and their furry best friends.

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While his father is away on a cattle drive, 15-year-old Tommy Kirk manages the family farm. Kirk is irritated when younger brother Moochie Corcoran adopts a frisky stray dog. But soon Kirk is as fond of the dog as everyone else in the family.

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Dorothy McGuire
as Katie Coates
Tommy Kirk
as Travis Coates
Kevin Corcoran
as Arliss Coates
Fess Parker
as Jim Coates
Jeff York
as Bud Searcy
Beverly Washburn
as Lisbeth Searcy
as Old Yeller
Chuck Connors
as Burn Sanderson
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Critic Reviews for Old Yeller

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.

December 26, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Disney organization's flair for taking a homely subject and building a heartwarming film is again aptly demonstrated in this moving story.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

It comes from Disney's thoroughly proved mother lode: movies for the kids that adults will stay to enjoy themselves.

March 9, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sentimental, yes, but also sturdy as a hickory stick.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

What makes Old Yeller more than run-of-the-mill Disney is not only the gut-wrenching climax, but also the remarkably well-done uplift of the denouement.

November 22, 2004 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

With each new adventure, Walt Disney's live-action craftsmen show increasing skill at capturing the excitement and rich flavor of America's heritage.

November 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Old Yeller

The entire time I was watching this Disney classic, I was thinking that it could never be remade for a modern audience without PETA taking serious issue. Throughout this film a yellow dog named Old Yeller hangs around with a post-Civil War frontier family. A mother (who seems to have no control over her children), and two young boys battle wildlife constantly. By battling, I of course mean that the children often claim baby animals as their own and are surprised when their full-grown mothers chase after them. The film doesn't teach children to treat animals well. The children in this movie ride the dog, make it herd wild hogs, and let it fight way bigger animals alone. Seriously, there is no way to remake this film unless the entire story is changed. The ending has been made infamous, as it's a heartbreaker for young children. It's not as bad as it could have been, since the next scene has the father telling his son to move on. If you're looking for a good family film, watch almost any other Disney film for best results.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

It was all around a good film.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer


A classic movie that teaches everyone the danger of stray dogs and the deadliness of rabies. It's fearless at displaying animal death and for that it is worthy of praise, but too many people love it for the dog story. I think it's weak in that area, where it excels in is depression and two neglected children who are forced to replace their father.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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