Where the Red Fern Grows (1974 film)

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Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 drama film about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.

Directed by Norman Tokar. Written by Douglas C. Stewart and Eleanor Lamb, based on the novel by Wilson Rawls.
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Billy: Grandpa says in New England, everyone's going crazy over coon skin coats.
Father: Is that right?
Billy: So we should be gettin' a good price.
Father: I'll tell you what. I'll let you have one whole wall of that smokehouse if you think you and them dogs can cover it.
Billy: It's not hardly big enough, is it?

Billy: I couldn't come home, mama. My dogs had a coon up this tree.
Grandpa: Well, he sure picked a big sycamore.
Billy: Biggest one in the whole river bottom.
Grandpa: That's all right. The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
Father: Well, there's no sense chopping down a tree like this, just for one coon. Come on, Billy, we gotta go.
Billy: I can't, papa.
Father: Why not?
Billy: I made a bargain with my dogs. I told them if they'd put one up a tree, I'd do the rest. They did their part, it's up to me to do mine.
Mother: Well you're quitting, and that's that, so come on. Let's go. Billy, do I have to whip you on top of all the punishment you already brought on yourself? Do I?
Billy: Yes, ma'am.
Father: A man can't keep his word, Jenny, he's not much good. Especially to himself.
Grandpa: I say amen to that, Jenny.


  • A Boy's Greatest Adventure Begins...
  • He Made a Promise And He Kept It!
  • A True Story of a Boy and His Dogs


  • James Whitmore - Grandpa
  • Beverly Garland - Mama Coleman
  • Jack Ging - Papa Coleman
  • Lonny Chapman - Sheriff
  • Stewart Petersen - Billy Coleman
  • Bill Dunbar - Mr. Kyle
  • Marshall Edwards - The Preacher
  • Jill Clark - Alice
  • Jeanna Wilson - Sarah Coleman
  • Rex Corley - Rubin Pritchard
  • John Lindsey - Rainie Pritchard
  • Garland McKinney - Mr. Pritchard



The film is produced by Lyman Dayton and filmed on location in Oklahoma, including at the waterfall in what is now Natural Falls State Park.