A Dog’s Purpose (2017) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie

A Dog’s Purpose (2017) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie


A Dog’s Purpose is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, based on the 2010 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. The film stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Peggy Lipton, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.

The film is a co-production between Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment Group.[4][5] It was released by Universal Pictures on January 27, 2017, and grossed over $196 million worldwide.

A week prior to the film’s release, a video surfaced on TMZ showing footage taken from the set of the film, which showed a German Shepherd dragged and dipped into rushing water while visibly resisting. After initial backlash, it was determined the video had been deliberately edited to mislead viewers



Josh Gad as the voice of Toby, Bailey, Ellie, Tino, Waffles and Buddy.
Dennis Quaid as Ethan Montgomery (adult)[7]
KJ Apa as teenage Ethan Montgomery[7]
Bryce Gheisar as eight-year old Ethan Montgomery

Juliet Rylance as Elizabeth Montgomery, Ethan’s mother.[7]
Peggy Lipton as older Hannah[7]
Britt Robertson as teenage Hannah[7]
John Ortiz as Carlos Ruiz

Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Maya
Pooch Hall as Al[8]
Luke Kirby as Jim Montgomery, Ethan’s father
Michael Bofshever as Bill, Ethan’s grandfather


Gabrielle Rose as Fran, Ethan’s grandmother
Logan Miller as Todd, the vindictive classmate


Prior to theatrical release, controversy arose when behind-the-scenes footage surfaced and appeared to show a distressed dog being forcibly submerged into turbulent pool water during filming. As a result of the leaked footage, the filmmakers chose to cancel the U.S. premiere. However, it was announced on February 4, 2017 by the American Humane Association that the footage was misleadingly edited and no abuse had taken place.


The dog breeds that were used in this film are: Stray mongrel, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a St. Bernard-Australian Shepherd mix.

During the Corgi segment of the movie, the missing tail was humorous because Welsh Corgis are born with their tail naturally short or missing. Others may have their tails docked between 2-5 days old due to historical tradition or as a measure of conformation to the Breed Standard.

Bradley Cooper was originally slated to provide the voice of the titular dog; however, he was ultimately replaced with Josh Gad.

Bryce Gheisar who plays young Ethan has a Cat named Bailey in real life


The Maya segment of the film differs from the events in the book. In the book, Maya is a K9 officer who takes over handling Ellie after her first handler Jakob (Carlos in the film) is shot and injured by a kidnapper. In the movie, it is Ellie who is shot – fatally – by the kidnapper, then reincarnated as Tino the Corgi and adopted by Maya, a college student.

The scenes where “Ellie” jumps off the bridge into the water to save the girl, and the diner Ethan and Hannah go to after the football game where Ethan’s dad is drunk, are both filmed in Lockport, Manitoba.

Dennis Quaid plays adult Ethan, who was once starting quarterback with a full scholarship but was injured. In Everybody’s All-American (1988), Quaid played a star high school quarterback no longer playing. In Any Given Sunday (1999) he played a quarterback past his prime trying to relive his days.

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