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The Trial of Old Drum (2000)

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TV Movie | 89 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

Inspired by a true story set in Missouri, "The Trial of Old Drum" tells the story of a valiant golden retriever, Old Drum, an orphan dog that becomes a boy's best friend and is then forced to stand trial for killing a neighbor's sheep. ...See moreInspired by a true story set in Missouri, "The Trial of Old Drum" tells the story of a valiant golden retriever, Old Drum, an orphan dog that becomes a boy's best friend and is then forced to stand trial for killing a neighbor's sheep. Charlie Burden [Bobby Edner] is a typical eleven-year old boy growing up on a farm in Western Missouri. His summer days are spent helping his dad [Ron Perlman] run the family farm, while also finding time to go fishing at nearby Miller's Lake, always accompanied by his faithful golden retriever, Old Drum. Scheming with his best friend Dee [Alia Shawkat] to build a secret raft, Charlie nearly drowns, only to be rescued by Old Drum. But Charlie's life is turned upside down when his cantankerous Uncle Lon [John Schuck] accuses Old Drum of killing his sheep. The town is divided over Drum's guilt or innocence, and an old family wound begins to fester. Losing sheep in this part of the country is not taken lightly. Looking to rid the town of a sheep killing menace, Lon files a lawsuit seeking to have Old Drum put to death. Desperate to save Old Drum, Charlie and his father try to obtain the services of one of the state's best known lawyers, George Graham Vest [Scott Bakula]. At first hesitant, Vest is genuinely moved by Charlie's pleas to save his dog and agrees to take the case. As the trial progresses, the evidence mounts against Old Drum. Having exhausted all legal maneuvering, Vest has one chance left; his closing argument. Vest knows that this speech is a matter of life and death for Old Drum. As he turns to face the jury, he instills in the community and forever memorializes the phrase that "A dog is a man's best friend." Written by Porchlight Entertainment See less
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Jun 9, 2000 (United States)

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Bobby Edner
Charlie Burden Jr. - young Charlie Burden Jr. - young   See fewer
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Ron Perlman
Charles Burden Sr. Charles Burden Sr.   See fewer
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Randy Travis
Charlie Burden Jr. - old Charlie Burden Jr. - old   See fewer
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John Schuck
Uncle Lon Uncle Lon   See fewer
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Dick Martin
Mayor Meyers Mayor Meyers   See fewer
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Troy Evans
Sherriff Sherriff   See fewer
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David Graf
Judge Henry Judge Henry   See fewer
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Tom Dugan
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Kathy Garver
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Henry Polic II
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Aaron Fors
Donnie Long Donnie Long   See fewer
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Curt Youngberg
Wayne Snelling Wayne Snelling   See fewer
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Scott Bakula
George Graham Vest George Graham Vest   See fewer
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Mike Randleman
Clyde Boring Clyde Boring   See fewer
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Sean McNamara
Foreman Foreman   See fewer
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Brendan O'Brien
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Cindy Harlow
Women on phone (as Cindy Edner) Women on phone (as Cindy Edner)   See fewer
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Kathryn Wheat
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Anne Sackmann
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6.5 / 10 | 284 votes