When circus dog Bingo runs away from the Big Top, he saves the life of Chuckie, a young boy who is having trouble fitting in. The two quickly become best friends–skateboarding, playing pinball, and doing math homework together. But Chuckie’s parents discover the stowaway pooch and make no bones about the fact that Bingo will not accompany them on their cross-country move. What follows is a heart-warming 1000-mile adventure of puppy love and loyalty as Bingo and Chuckie encounter nutty characters and hilarious situations in their quest to be reunited. Dog catchers, kidnappers, hospitals, and not even prison can keep these two apart.
User Reviews: In this complicated world, troubled by reality shows and drama, Bingo is a sure remedy. Cindy Williams, best known s Shirley Feeney from her popular spin off of Happy Days plays the young boy’s mom and she was the movie’s star, perhaps the only well-known person in the film and not a major movie actor. The young boy, Chuckie is the voice of reason in his dysfunctional family with rather cold and negligent parents, such as his harsh, contemptible father, a struggling NFL Player and a mean older brother. Being born in 1944 and the movie being released 47 years later, David Rasche looked simply too old to be in the NFL. Bingo is very sharp and intelligent and his capabilities seem far-fetched but might be conceivable. The dog saves Chuckie’s life after being knocked out in the stream and the two spend a night or two in the forest and then return home and skateboard, play video games, do math homework and go fishing all the while hiding the dog from his family. Chuckie’s father gets inconveniently traded from Denver to Green Bay and Chuckie’s attempts to sneak Bingo in the car fail and he chases after them in the car, only to be too slow. The Journey to find Chuckie is a real hoot, he encounters some really flaky and dysfunctional characters that largely parodied the Heartland. He rescues all the dogs from a cruel roadside restaurant Chuckie’s family stopped at for lunch and drives the cruel owners in a cage in the truck and makes them crash into the joint. Then he meets the two comic villains that fit a classic movie stereotype; Lennie, is the big and tall guy who is more warmhearted and inept, as well as environmental, while the shorter of the two, Eli, is more sinister and villainous, but the two are a great comic duo whom Bingo first encounters in a motor home where the do held a quirky family with mom, dad and two eccentric girls hostage. Bingo gets them arrested and even the dog gets summoned to court! Bingo gets out of jail and somehow the villains break loose and after more misadventures Bingo finally makes it to Green Bay where a wacky local restaurant hires him as an assistant dishwasher and the villains capture Bingo and Chuckie finds him again before a lot of chaos. The movie shows the amazing instinct and capabilities of man’s Best friend. However, this is in no way just for kids. Some of the content made it seem on the edge for a family film. There is a lot of bad language and a couple inappropriate moments and the climax is pretty dramatic and tense for a lighthearted comedy. I saw this movie several times on video when i was little after it was a new movie and maybe when I was a little older. The movie truly cheers me up when I could use a smile.