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Hallmark To Dance with The White Dog

Hallmark To Dance with The White Dog

Hallmark Hall of Fame's To Dance With The White Dog

Bittersweet. That is what I would call Hallmark Hall of Fame's 1993 made-for-television movie, To Dance With The White Dog.

When you have been married for more than fifty years, the departure of one member of the union is definitely going to leave a big gap. Sam Peek, played by Hume Cronyn, seems to move along when his wife departs our world, but the arrival and subsequent adoption of 'the white dog' helps him to fill the absence left by his wife Cora, played by Jessica Tandy.

To Dance With The White Dog was an award-winning Hallmark movie. Hume Cronyn won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special and the movie was nominated for a further eight Emmys.On this page, find more information about Hallmark's To Dance With the White Dog including production facts, reviews and even the movie trailer.

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To Dance With The White Dog

To Dance With The White Dog


"Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy play Sam and Cora Peek, still dancing cheek to cheek as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by friends and three generations of family. But it will be the final celebration of their love. Shortly thereafter, a heart attack takes Sam's beloved Cora away. Alone now and struggling with his own ailing health, Sam lives on under the watchful eyes of his overprotective children. His spirit begins to fade-until the sudden appearance of a mysterious white dog reawakens him to the joys of life, and shows him the power of his wife's undying love."

Fast Facts

  • ACTORS: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Christine Baranski, Terry Beaver, Harley Cross
  • DIRECTORS: Glenn Jordan
  • WRITERS: Susan Cooper, Terry Kay
  • PRODUCERS: Glenn Jordan, Brent Shields, Bruce Savin, Patricia Clifford, Richard Welsh
  • RATED: NR (Not Rated)
  • STUDIO: Hallmark
  • ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 5, 1993
  • DVD RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2002
  • RUN TIME: 100 minutes
  • AWARDS: Hume Cronyn won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special and the movie was nominated for eight other Emmys.
To Dance With The White Dog

To Dance With The White Dog


One of the most moving movie reviews I have seen.

"To Dance With The White Dog is one of my favorite movies ever. What makes this movie so poignant is that JESSICA TANDY AND HUME CRONYN WERE MARRIED FOR FIFTY PLUS YEARS just like the characters and the year this was released Jessica Tandy died of cancer." - Susan

Reviews of To Dance With A White Dog include comments about how touching the story is. Marsha R. Kelsey ordered it for her mother on Mother's Day and they watched it together and found it very meaningful, on a number of levels. Everyone praised Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, calling them words like sincere and deep. However, this movie also stars a beautiful white dog that dog lovers will love.

Book by Terry Kay

The movie To Dance With the White Dog is based on the successful 1990 novel of the same name by Terry Kay and tells the story of a Pecan farmer in Georgia. (The movie, incidentally, was shot on location in Georgia.)

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Does To Dance With The White Dog sound like a movie YOU would enjoy?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on February 28, 2014:

@salsa-dancing: I agree.

Salsa Dancing on December 30, 2013:

I don't usually watch movies like this, but this one was pretty good.

anonymous on April 15, 2011:

I've seen this movie and you're right, it's bittersweet. But so good. Great performance by Hume Cronyn.

jolou on March 12, 2011:

I loved Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, they had a loving and enduring marriage for many years, which is partly what made the movie so touching. One of the best Hallmark stories ever.

Adriana from New Market on January 18, 2011:

Definitely! Looks like the type of movie the entire family would love. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

Joan4 on January 17, 2011:

I rarely watch movies, but To Dance with The White Dog was one of the best movies I have ever seen! Loved it!

tandemonimom lm on January 17, 2011:

I love Hume and Jessica!

Dianne Loomos on January 17, 2011:

To Dance With the White Dog sounds very good and I'd like to see it. I've seen Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in a movie together before and they were great!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on January 17, 2011:

Goodness, Brenda, even the trailer made me cry. I remember this movie, but I'm sure I didn't see it, probably because of the dog. I miss a lot of fabulous movies because of the dogs and because I know they'll make me cry. This looks totally charming, though. What wonderful actors!

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