Rusty: A Dog's Tale
Directed by Shuki Levy
Produced by Shuki Levy
Haim Saban
Written by Shell Danielson
Shuki Levy
Starring Hal Holbrook
Rue McClanahan
Laraine Newman
Charles Fleischer
Blake Foster
Rodney Dangerfield
Bobcat Goldthwait
Doug E. Doug
Suzanne Somers
Patrick Duffy
Music by Inon Zur
Cinematography Frank Byers
Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date(s) September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Template:Film US
Language English

Rusty: A Dog's Tale (USA video title: Rusty: The Great Rescue) is a 1997 family film directed by Shuki Levy, starring Hal Holbrook and Rue McClanahan.[1]


The film is about two orphans named Jory (Blake Foster) and Tess (Danielle Keaton). Their cousins Bart (Charles Fleischer) and Bertha (Laraine Newman) try to take them away from their grandparents because the two kids have trust funds from their dead parents. When Bart and Bertha kidnap the newborn puppies, Rusty the dog (Matthew Lawrence) decides to save them.

Partial cast[]

  • Hal Holbrook as Boyd Callahan
  • Rue McClanahan as Edna Callahan
  • Laraine Newman as Bertha Bimini
  • Charles Fleischer as Bart Bimini
  • Blake Foster as Jory
  • Danielle Keaton as Tess
  • Beau Billingslea as Sheriff Wilson
  • Michael J. Pagan as Dylan Wilson
  • Vincent Schiavelli as Carney Boss
  • Ken Kercheval as Carl Winthrope
  • Gigi Goyette as Gladys the Waitress
  • James Mathers as Man at Carnival
  • Rodney Dangerfield as Bandit the Rabbit
  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Jet the Turtle
  • Doug E. Doug as Turbo the Turtle
  • Suzanne Somers as Malley the Dog
  • Patrick Duffy as Cap the Dog
  • Matthew Lawrence as Rusty the Dog
  • Charles Adler as Agent the Snake
  • Mary Kay Bergman as Myrtle the Duck
  • Jennifer Darling as Mrs. Cluck
  • Melissa Disney as Boo the Cat
  • Tony Oliver as Rebel the dog
  • Nick Jameson as Ratchet the Raccoon
  • Frank Welker as Boss Duck
With additional voices by
  • Steve Kramer
  • Jim Cummings
  • Wendee Lee
  • Julie Maddalena
  • Brianne Siddall
  • Michael Sorich


Of the film's 2006 re-release on DVD, Andre Dursin of The Aisle Seat offered that the film, a "very cute, impossible-to-dislike tele-film from Shuki Levy and Haim Saban easily trumps their more bombastic children’s fare (like the Power Rangers).[2]


  1. "Rusty: The Great Rescue (1997)". New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. Dursin, Andre (21 March 2006). "Rusty: The Great Rescue". The Aisle Seat. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 

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