The Belstone Fox (1973)

DVD Release: July 16, 2013
The Belstone Fox (1973)


Asher, a professional hunter finds Tag, an orphaned fox cub, who he raises with a litter of foxhound puppies. The little fox, Tag, strikes a friendship with a puppy, Merlin, and together they blissfully play until the day when Merlin is included in a fox hunt. As the hunt advances, the friendships between all three characters are put to the test…

Dove Review

This is a charming adventure story about one young fox that was raised with the hounds that are used in fox hunting. Based on a novel the story relays the relationship between Tag, the young fox, and Merlin , a fox hound, who were raised together from a very young age. But now things have changed or have they? The two are on opposite sides of the hunt.

Although the story is charming there are many scenes of the outcome of a fox hunt. Tag is, as they say, sly as a fox and it has some ramifications for some of the foxhounds that may upset younger viewers. It is a tale of relationships but also about the life of the fox, the hounds and their trainers and owners.

This film is awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12+ due to a few intense scenes and language that may be offensive.

Content Description

Sex: Young lady kisses man on cheek, a couple kisses; married couple shown in bed.
Language: Bloody-6; H-4; OMG-2; D-8
Violence: Men take shovels to fox and pups; many dogs attack a fox; hunter cuts fox tail off in hunt; discussion regarding being part of a kill in the hunt; hunting dogs hit by train on tracks; man shoots injured dogs to put them out of their misery; man wants revenge on fox; man has blood on his face.
Drugs: A party scene, pub scene; young man is very intoxicated; man drinks from flask; two men have drinks together; woman smokes.
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: Hunting fox as a sport; man dies.


Company: VCI Entertainment
Writer: James Hill
Director: James Hill
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe