DVD Release: March 12, 2013


Marine Sergeant Terry Pulaski, a once proud man, is now a broken shell of himself having returned from Iraq with both PTSD and a disabling injury. Terry struggles to be a good father and husband, but his challenges leave him feeling like a burden to his wife and daughter. With his dog Duke in tow, he decides to leave his family behind. Years later, a homeless Terry needs help for an aging and ill Duke, so he leaves him in the care of a veterinary clinic. Will Duke be able to help Terry face his demons and reconcile with his estranged daughter?

Dove Review

Here is a Hallmark classic movie that is a heartwarming drama that brings to light the emotional toil that veterans go through when they return home. This movie inspired by a true story captures a variety of emotions. It is hard for families of veteran to sometimes understand the toll that war has taken on their loved one. But Duke, an adorable dog that wandered into a school, becomes part of Terry’s life and helps him through the torment that he endures from the war along with giving him unconditional love.

“Duke” is also a story about the love people give to their pets and how hard it becomes to part with them when they are part of the family. It is a charming story that shows many lessons for the world we now live in. It speaks of many issues like those of returning veterans, families that are separated and the help of a dog to mend many wounds in a lot of people’s lives.

We are proud to award “Duke” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus due to some mature issues. See this one soon!

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Man has nightmares and flashbacks of war (not graphic but only sounds), man thinks about suicide.
Sex: None
Language: OG-2; D-2; H-3
Violence: Man has nightmares and flashbacks of war (not graphic but only sounds), man thinks about suicide.
Drugs: Man takes prescription medication, men drink beer.
Nudity: Man without shirt.
Other: Effects of coming home as an injured veteran; emotional scenes dealing with a sick pet; man leaves family.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Director: Mark Jean
Producer: Front Street Pictures and Vet Street Productions
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 86 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe