A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family adventure film directed by Charles Martin Smith.

Official trailers

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 released the trailer:
A DOG'S WAY HOME - International Trailer.

Story intro

Lucas Ray and his girlfriend Olivia, two residents of Denver, Colorado, find a puppy in a construction site along with many kittens and a mother cat. He names the dog Bella and takes her home to live with him and his mother, Terri Ray. Over the years, Lucas plays with and takes care of Bella. However, Lucas also continues to feed the cats at the old house, putting himself in the crosshairs of Günter Beckenbauer, the man who intends to demolish the house. He even calls the city about the cats who live there, which delays the demolition. Vengeful, Günter notifies animal control that Bella is a pitbull (despite not looking like one), because in Denver, pitbulls are illegal, due to being a dangerous breed. That evening, an overzealous animal control officer named Chuck comes by to warn Lucas that if he finds Bella on the street, he will impound her. The next day, when Bella gets out to chase a squirrel, Lucas catches up to her and prepares to take her home, but Chuck confiscates Bella and takes her into the local animal shelter. Lucas picks Bella up, pays a fine, and is allowed to take her home, but he is warned that if Bella is captured again, she will be euthanized. To avoid this, Lucas sends Bella to live with Olivia's aunt and uncle in Farmington, New Mexico, until he and his mother can find another home outside of Denver's urban limits. However, Bella misses Lucas so much that she leaves Farmington and begins a 400-mile journey home, which will take more than two years to complete. During Bella's journey, she befriends a cougar cub, whom she names "Big Kitten." Bella and Big Kitten encounter many ordeals together, including being hunted by a pack of coyotes, but a group of men help Bella and frighten the coyotes away. The three men give Bella food at their campsite and upon learning who her owner is, try to call Lucas, only to be scared away by the sudden arrival of Big Kitten. During the winter, Bella helps rescue a man buried in an avalanche. Eventually, she reaches a small town, where she is temporarily taken in by a homeless and mentally ill veteran named Axel until he soon dies of a drug overdose. Back in the wilderness, Bella is attacked by coyotes again, but Big Kitten, now fully grown, returns and intervenes, successfully fighting off the coyotes. At each place Bella goes, she learns that each of her new friends has its own home, and how she must keep moving to get back to her family.


Ashley Judd
Terri Ray
Jonah Hauer-King
Lucas Ray
Edward James Olmos
Alexandra Shipp
Bryce Dallas Howard
the voice of Bella
Wes Studi
Captain Mica
John Cassini
Barry Watson
Brian Markinson
Günter Beckenbauer
Tammy Gillis
Officer Leon
Chris Bauer
Motell Gyn Foster
Taylor (as Motell Foster)
Patrick Gallagher
Broadus Mattison
Rolando Boyce
Cesar De León
Steve (as Cesar De Leon)
Arielle Tuliao
VA Receptionist
Benjamin Ratner
Dr. Gann
Evan Gillmore
Jennifer Marshall
Female Veteran
Darcy Laurie
Lucia Walters
Aunt Loretta
Christine Willes
Camille Sullivan
Glynnis at Kennell
Shelby The Dog
Leo Chiang
Crew Foreman
Veenu Sandhu
Officer Reece
Rob LaBelle
David Lewis
Damonde Tschritter
Everick Golding
Kimi Alexander
Grocery Store Woman
Troy Rudolph
Gregory Tunner
Poacher (as Gregory A. Tunner)
Spencer Drever
Boy at River
Sean Quan
Boy at River
Javier Lacroix
Jackie Minns
Motel Lady
John Wardlow
Jennifer Gibson
Female EMT
Camille Atebe
Female Cop
Gusto The Dog
Murphy the Dog
Alley Dog
Alley Dog
Alley Dog


The film A Dog's Way Home was scheduled to be released on January 11, 2019 (United States) and on January 24, 2019 (Germany) by Sony Pictures Releasing, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Aeon Entertainment, United International Pictures (UIP) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 96 minutes. With a budget of $18 million, the film grossed over $76.1 million.

The film had received a "PG" rating.


A Dog's Way Home got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website: adogswayhomeparents.com

IMDB: A Dog's Way Home

Wikipedia: A Dog's Way Home

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