Marty Preston, a small-town Southern boy, must rescue a young beagle from abusive owner and recluse Judd Travers.


Dale Rosenbloom


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (book), Dale Rosenbloom (screenplay)
4 wins. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Scott Wilson ... Judd Travers
Blake Heron ... Marty Preston
Bonnie Bartlett ... Mrs. Wallace
Rod Steiger ... Doc Wallace
J. Madison Wright ... Sam
Ann Dowd ... Louise Preston
Michael Moriarty ... Ray Preston
Shira Roth Shira Roth ... Dara Lynn
Tori Wright Tori Wright ... Becky
Montrose Hagins ... Mrs. McCallister
Rachel Winfree ... Sue
Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Young
Frannie The Dog Frannie The Dog ... Shiloh (as Frannie)


An abused beagle runs away from his owner Judd Travers. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to Judd Travers, a local hunter. After Shiloh is mistreated again, he runs away and returns to Marty. Knowing his father will once again make him bring Shiloh back to Judd, he makes a home for the dog in an old shed up the hill from the Prestons' house and hides him from his family. His secret is soon discovered when a stray attacks the dog one night and he must turn to his father for help. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The story of a boy who risks everything to save his best friend.


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


As of August 2020, 4 of the main actors/actresses in this movie have passed away: Scott Wilson (Judd), Blake Heron (Marty), J. Madison Wright (Sam) and Rod Steiger (Doc Wallace) See more »


When Marty's mom asks him to change his dirty shirt, he gives his mom the dirty one and takes the clean one twice in successive shots. See more »


Marty Preston: [to Judd] His name's Shiloh.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The film's title logo appears after closing credits. When it appears, Shiloh can be heard barking See more »


Followed by Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999) See more »


Are There Angels?
Written by Dale Narins and Michele Brourman
Performed by Sheena Easton
Produced by Joel Goldsmith and Rick Chadock
See more »

User Reviews

Heartwarming family film
24 August 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Shiloh is a very sweet and charming film, and I guarantee that the whole family will love it. It has nice music, good acting and an above average script. Of course the pace is a bit slow, and the story rather thin in places. On the other hand, the music is absolutely beautiful, and Shiloh was absolutely adorable. The script was very touching and beautifully crafted, making this very gentle and moving to watch. Blake Heron is wholly believable as Marty, and I felt the connection between him and Shiloh. Scott Wilson gives a very good account of himself as the hateable yet sympathetic Judd Travers, and David Moriaty and Rod Stieger also give nice supporting performances. The cinematography was fantastic, even looking at it made the film twice as engaging, and the song Are There Angels? was sung by the ever lovely Sheena Easton, who has done some soundtrack singing before on FernGully, Pebble and the Penguin and the sequel to All Dogs Go To Heaven. Overall, a charming and heartwarming film, that the whole family will treasure. 8/10 Bethany Cox

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shiloh See more »

Filming Locations:

Topanga, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,710, 27 April 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed