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Fluke (1995)

PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 2 June 1995 (USA)
After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

Director:

Carlo Carlei

Writers:

James Herbert (novel), Carlo Carlei (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Rumbo (voice)
Matthew Modine ... Thomas P. Johnson / Voice of Fluke
Nancy Travis ... Carol Johnson
Eric Stoltz ... Jeff Newman
Max Pomeranc ... Brian Johnson
Ron Perlman ... Sylvester
Jon Polito ... Boss
Bill Cobbs ... Bert
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Bella
Federico Pacifici ... Prof. Santini
Clarinda Ross Clarinda Ross ... Jane, Tom's Secretary
Adrian Roberts ... Night Guard
Bart Hansard ... Day Guard
Deborah Hobart ... Dogpound Vet
Libby Whittemore ... Libby, the Housekeeper
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Storyline

After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

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Taglines:

Follow him home. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kutyavilág See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,435,709, 4 June 1995

Gross USA:

$3,987,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,987,768
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Asian man, who feeds the pups at the beginning of the film is speaking Vietnamese. He says, "You must be hungry. Eat a lot so you can grow up." See more »

Goofs

When Rumbo is dropping nuts on Fluke's head in the very end, Fluke's paws keep moving between shots. See more »

Quotes

Rumbo: Hey. Hey! What's going on?
Young Fluke: I guess I was dreaming.
Rumbo: You were what?
Young Fluke: Uh, dreaming. I was seeing pictures inside my head.
Rumbo: Pictures ain't got no business being inside your head. Next time you just growl and chase 'em away.
Young Fluke: Rumbo, have you always been a dog?
Rumbo: What you talkin' about? What else could I have been?
Young Fluke: I don't know. A human.
Rumbo: A two-legger? Me?
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Connections

References Memphis Belle (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pink Panther Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini
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User Reviews

 
A beautiful and original movie.
4 July 2012 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Fluke is directed by Carlo Carlei who also co-adapts the screenplay with James Carrington from the novel written by James Herbert. It stars Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Nancy Travis, Ron Perlman, Bill Cobbs, Jon Polito and Samuel L. Jackson. Music is scored by Carlo Siliotto and cinematography by Raffaele Mertes.

Workaholic Thomas Johnson is killed in an auto accident and is reincarnated as a dog. As he grows from pup to adult dog he starts to remembering things from his human life and sets about piecing together exactly who he was and what happened to him.

It was a box office flop, a hard sell anyway with its cross genre themes, but MGM didn't know how to market it. Was it an animal adventure for the kids? A family drama message movie? Or a metaphysical bit of dalliance? Truth is is that it is all three, an engagingly thoughtful movie that is flavoured by fantastical whimsy whilst also beating a poetic heart. There's humour in here, too, especially when Fluke teams up with the wise and shaggy Rumbo (Jackson). But predominantly picture is about emotional beats, sitting in that void between genuine warmth and tragedy. It's unashamedly sentimental, but that's a good thing, and it's not just confined to the animal aspects of the story, this is still a very real human drama. The messages within are handled with care, there's no beating us over the head here.

Director Carlei disappeared from Hollywood after the failure of Fluke, which is a shame since he crafts a great picture of strength. His dog POV camera work is smart in bringing us into Fluke's world, and many shots are gorgeously framed and filmed by director and photographer alike. It's also admirable in how he handles the excellent canine actors (Comet as Fluke is mightily impressive and expressive), it's no disgrace to the human actors to say the canines own the movie. There's some implausibilities, obviously, and one or two moments are too surreal for their own good; a laboratory break out sequence is cheer worthy but Carlei overdoes it, but this is still a lovely and interesting movie. Just like the great John Herbert's novel is for adults, so is the film. You can watch it with the kids for sure, so long as you have the fortitude to discuss with them the film's inner workings. 8/10


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