This fine family film set in 1930's Oklahoma tells the story of a young boy's devotion to two hunting dogs. His loving relationship to the animals teaches him the qualities of maturity and responsibility.
A coming-of-age tale set during the Great Depression. Billy lives with his mother, father, two sisters and grandparents on a meager farm in Oklahoma. He saves up some money and purchases a pair of raccoon-hungry hounds. When one dog dies in a skirmish with a wild animal, the other withers away in mourning. Billy's family, though, sees the deaths as a sign from God to sell their homestead and open a new chapter in their lives. Before they leave, they plant a red fern on the canines' burial ground to honor their memories. According to Indian mythology, this will forever solidify their love for their lost friends.
Based On A Novel |
Coming Of Age |
Family (General) |
Tear Jerker |
Songs performed by The Osmonds.
Additional cast: Jill Clark (Alice) and Jeanna Wilson (Sara).