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A Dog Year is a 2009 American made-for-television comedy-drama film written and directed by first-time director George LaVoo and starring Jeff Bridges.[1] It was originally broadcast on HBO on September 3, 2009.

A Dog Year
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Written byGeorge LaVoo
Story byJon Katz
Directed byGeorge LaVoo
StarringJeff Bridges
Lauren Ambrose
Music byJoseph Vitarelli
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Liz Manne
Frank Doelger
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
Editor(s)Michael Taylor
Leo Trombetta
Running time80 minutes
Production company(s)HBO Films
Original networkHBO
Original release
  • September 3, 2009 (2009-09-03)

The film is based on the memoir by Jon Katz and adapted by LaVoo.[2] The story centers on a man experiencing a midlife crisis whose world is turned upside down when he adopts a border collie crazier than he is.[3]



Jon Katz faces a midlife crisis. His wife moves out because he was growing too distant, their daughter Emma has moved to a place of her own, and he is left in the house with their two labrador retrievers and a severe case of writer's block. A dog breeder who has read his books convinces him to take in an abused and hyperactive border collie named Devon – and his crazy new life begins.



On Thursday, July 8, 2010, Jeff Bridges was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.


  1. ^ Hale, Mike (2009-09-02). "Jeff Bridges Talks to a Dog in Film of Jon Katz's Memoir". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (2009-08-31). "A Dog Year". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  3. ^ "HBO's 'Year' on calendar for Bridges". hollywoodreporter. Archived from the original on 2 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-20.

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