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File:Smitty Movie Poster.jpg
Directed byDavid Mickey Evans
Produced byMichael Baumgarten
Marcy Levitas Hamilton
Written byMichael Baumgarten
StarringMira Sorvino
Peter Fonda
Louis Gossett Jr.
Music byPhil Marshall
CinematographyJayson Crothers
Edited byStephen Lovejoy
TriCoast Worldwide
Distributed byPhase 4 Films
Release date
April 10, 2012
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Smitty is a 2012 American family drama film directed by David Mickey Evans and starring Mira Sorvino, Peter Fonda and Louis Gossett Jr.[1][2][3][4]


Amanda leaves her son Ben with her estranged father Jack, a grumpy Iowa farmer, after he gets in trouble too many times in Chicago. Jack successfully straightens the boy out with good food, farm chores, and a dog; the dog's former owners could not afford to keep him, and Ben names him after Mr. Smith, a wise storekeeper who befriends him.


  • Peter Fonda as Jack
  • Mira Sorvino as Amanda
  • Brandon Tyler Russell [it] as Ben
  • Louis Gossett Jr. as Mr. Smith
  • Jason London as Russell
  • Gabrielle Bui as Tia
  • Booboo Stewart as Peebo
  • Lolita Davidovich as Judge Greenstein


Filming occurred in Iowa.[5]


The film premiered at the WorldFest-Houston International Film/Video Festival in April 2012.[6]


Tracey Moore of Common Sense Media awarded the film three stars out of five.[7] Nancy Adamson of the Midland Reporter-Telegram graded the film a C.[8]

Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review and wrote, “...but there is a great big Middle American audience out there for this heartfelt entertainment.“[9]


  1. Barton, Steve (28 June 2017). "Poltergeist Star Has a Celebrity Crush". Dread Central. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. "American Humane Association Seeking Entries in Smitty's Shelter Dog Art Contest". Business Wire. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  3. Caouette, Danielle (14 March 2012). "SMITTY Red Carpet Movie Premiere and Charity Event OPEN to the public!". Patch Media. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  4. Mcgrath, Rachel (23 March 2012). "Movie screening event helps support shelter pet store". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  5. Pierri, Vince (9 December 2009). "Gurnee teen finding fame in Hollywood". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  6. Parks, Louis B. (11 April 2012). "WorldFest-Houston features a world of films". The Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. Moore, Tracey. "Smitty". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  8. Adamson, Nancy (18 July 2012). "Clever, hilarious Swedish film beats the competition for this week's top pick". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  9. Byrge, Duane (October 14, 2010). "Smitty -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. AP. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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