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Steven Culp in "Firehouse Dog"

as Zachary Hayden

US Release Date: April 4, 2007


Rex, Hollywood's top-grossing canine, is known for his extreme athletic abilities and diva-like demeanor. His perks package, rivaling that of any A-list celebrity, includes Kobe beef, a poodle harem, and a diamond collar. Rex's luck--and Hollywood high life--runs out while shooting a commercial; an aerial stunt goes awry, leading Rex's handlers to presume he's dead. But Rex is merely lost--alone, filthy and unrecognizable in an unfamiliar city. Chased by animal control, he takes refuge in grubby abandoned lofts, a far cry from his former luxurious lifestyle.

Shane Fahey, a bright but rebellious 12-year-old, has exasperated his father Connor for the umpteenth time. A single parent and captain of the rundown inner city fire station known as Dogpatch, Connor is charged with inspiring his sad-sack company, who are still coping with the recent loss of their former captain, Connor's brother. Shane is also troubled by his uncle's death, and he's been acting out by ditching school. As Connor reprimands Shane for his unruly behavior, Dogpatch gets a call to put out a blaze tearing through the lofts where Rex has been hiding. Trapped on the loft's burning roof, Rex makes a death-defying leap and is rescued by Connor. Once they are safe on the ground, Shane is tasked with finding the mutt's owner. The pompous, fastidious Rex and the troubled, messy Shane immediately clash.

Unaware of Rex's true identity, Shane becomes his reluctant new master. But his attitude changes when he discovers Rex's spectacular skills, which the firefighters put to use during rescue calls. Inspired by the dog's talent and courage, Dogpatch makes Rex its mascot. It's just the boost the company needs--and what Shane and Connor need to help bring them together. But Rex's fame has drawn the attention of his Hollywood handlers who want him back--while father and son face a deadly challenge from an unexpected source.

Starring: Steven Culp, Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner, Dash Mihok

Directed by: Todd Holland

Written by: Claire Dee-Lim, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Genres: Comedy / Kids / Family
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Also doing a fine job is Culp, as the city manager and Greenwood's best friend. The last time these two veteran character actors starred together was in Thirteen Days. (

The last time Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp teamed together in a movie it was to play, respectively, John and Robert Kennedy in the Bay of Pigs saga Thirteen Days. That factoid will not mean anything to the youngsters that their new movie, Firehouse Dog, is meant to amuse, but it ought to give the kids' parents pause. After all, what are actors noted for their intensity doing in a family film? [...] And it is always wonderful to see Greenwood and Culp, even if both actors seem to have beamed down from some other movie. (

When the actors who played John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert in the Cuban Missile Crisis drama Thirteen Days turn up as second bananas to an incorrigible, long-legged Irish terrier in the family dramedy Firehouse Dog, one might reasonably suspect that the end of the world is nigh. But in this pet-friendly tearjerker, Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp prove that they're pros whatever the script. (

As a slimy city manager, the smooth, sinister Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") offers a welcome relief from the otherwise saccharine scenes. (

In addition, the director was "selfishly quite pleased with the timing of the demise of Steven Culp's character on 'Desperate Housewives' because it freed up his schedule and gave us the perfect Zach," a local politician who is Connor's close friend and a former Dogpatch firefighter. (

Those who remember the JFK movie "13 Days" should keep their eyes peeled: Greenwood, who played the president, is reunited with Steven Culp, who portrayed Bobby Kennedy. (

Other cast members of note include Steven Culp - the victim of aggravated pharmacide a season or so back in Desperate Housewives. (

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