• Mon. Nov 27th, 2023

“Air Bud” is a 1997 family comedy-drama film directed by and starring and Buddy the Golden Retriever. The film follows 12-year-old Josh (Zegers), who discovers a talented basketball-playing dog named Buddy and forms an unlikely friendship with him. With Buddy's help, Josh joins his school basketball team and discovers the joy of playing the game.


“Air Bud” is a heartwarming and charming family film that is perfect for all ages. The performances by the cast, particularly and Buddy the dog, are engaging and endearing, and the film's message about the importance of perseverance and teamwork is timeless. The basketball scenes featuring Buddy are particularly entertaining and impressive, showcasing the incredible talents of the canine star.


“Air Bud” did not receive any major awards, but was a commercial success and has since become a beloved classic of the family film genre.


“Air Bud” was a box office success, grossing over $27 million worldwide. It has a 5.2/10 rating on IMDb and a 45% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has remained popular with audiences of all ages, spawning numerous sequels and spin-offs.

Directed by
Produced by Robert Vince
William Vince
Written by Paul Tamasy
Aaron Mendelsohn
Starring Michael Jeter Wendy Makkena Eric Christmas Bill Cobbs Air Buddy
Music by Brahm Wenger
Cinematography Mike Southon
Edited by Alison Grace
Keystone Pictures Buddy Films, Inc.
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (United States)
Malofilm (Canada)
Release date August 1, 1997
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million
Box office $27.8 million

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