This is the touching story of Sam Peek, an elderly man who is working
through his grief and pain after having lost his wife Cora of 50 years.
After Cora dies, a white dog that, at first, only Sam can see suddenly
materializes as his new companion and confidant. His new friend gives
him happiness and strength as he takes the dog on a nostalgic journey
which dramatizes the fulfillment he shared with his departed wife. The
dog looks after Sam when his health begins to diminish and continues to
be a guardian and companion -- much like Cora.
Susan Cooper wrote the screenplay based on the 1990 novel by Terry Kay.
Nominated for 9 awards,7 of which were Emmys, the cast includes Hume
Cronyn (Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor), Jessica Tandy, Esther Rolle,
Frank Whaley, Harley Cross, Amy Wright, and Christine Baranski.
In 1993, To Dance with the White Dog was presented as a Hallmark Hall
of Fame movie for CBS television. The production earned the highest
television rating of the 1993 season, with more than 33 million viewers.
The character of Sam Peek was based on Kay's father. For more information
about this work and other Terry Kay work, visit the author's
Susan Cooper is a prolific author and screenwriter and has produced
many great works. A detailed view of her work with "To Dance
with the White Dog" as well as her other work can be found on her
To fully understand the success of this novel and film, review this
about the Japanese version of the film.
This film is being shown in conjunction with Shepherd University's
Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence program. For more information
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