What Is the Movie "Shiloh" About?

by John Grossman

"Shiloh" is a movie released in 1996 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on a novel from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, this movie follows the adventures of a beagle as it tries to escape from an abusive owner. This family-friendly drama spawned two sequels, "Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season" and "Saving Shiloh."


Dale Rosenbloom, who mostly produces documentaries, directed "Shiloh," a feel-good family movie about an abused beagle who runs away from an abusive owner in search of a better life. The Motion Picture Association of America rated this film PG (parental guidance suggested) because of mild violence, mostly during the scenes with the abusive owner. However, this movie is a sound choice for adults and children who love cutesy dogs and uplifting stories.

Plot Summary

After Shiloh runs away, he meets a young boy, Marty, and follows him home. But Marty's father knows that the dog belongs to Judd Travers, and he takes the dog to Travers. After being abused again, Shiloh runs back to Marty, who hides him to keep him from being sent back to his abusive owner. The rest of the movie follows Marty's adventures trying to keep Shiloh away from Travers.

Characters and Cast

Scott Wilson, an actor featured in the TV show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," plays Shiloh's menacing owner. Michael Moriarty, who acted in several popular 1980s films, plays Ray Preston, Marty's father. Other notable cast members include Blake Heron as Marty, and Bonnie Bartlett as his mother.


Because of the popularity of "Shiloh," Warner Bros. produced "Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season" in 1999 and "Saving Shiloh" in 2006. Both are based on novels by Naylor. "Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season," a direct sequel, again follows Marty's attempts to keep Shiloh away from Travers. "Saving Shiloh" is the last movie of the "Shiloh" trilogy.

About the Author

John Grossman has worked as a journalist and copy editor for various publications since 1985. In the 1980s, he was in charge of the entertainment section of the "Austin Chronicle" newspaper and has, since then, worked for other publications, including golf and fitness magazines. Grossman holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Texas.