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General Information

Poster for Old Dogs
  • Directed by

    Walt Becker

  • Screenplay by

    David Diamond and David Weissman

  • Music Composed by

    John Debney

  • World Premiere

    November 9, 2009 (El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA)

  • Theatrical Release Date

    November 25, 2009 (pushed back from April 10, 2009)

  • DVD Release Date

    March 9, 2010 (order)

  • Production Companies

    Tapestry Films, Walt Disney Pictures

  • Distribution Company

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Dan Rayburn

  • John Travolta

    Charlie Reed

  • Ella Bleu Travolta


  • Conner Rayburn


  • Kelly Preston


  • Matt Dillon


  • Seth Green

    Ralph White

  • Bernie Mac

    Jimmy Lunchbox

  • Regan Mizrahi

    Timmy the Roof Boy


The story revolves around a divorced father (Robin) of 6-year-old twins and his womanizing best friend/business partner (Travolta) who have their hands full when they're forced to care for the kids for two weeks.
Dillon will play the overzealous leader of the summer camp where they take the kids. He is ultraconservative and thinks the two men are actually gay lovers who have adopted the twins. He keeps a sharp eye on the two at all times.


Robin on "Old Dogs"

"It's basically the idea that old dogs can learn new tricks," laughed Williams. "It's about two men in what they call the twilight of the golden years, older men. My character finds out that he has twins that he didn't know about and then the kids are suddenly told 'This is your dad, and you're going to stay with him for the weekend'."

"John's character is a really hardcore bachelor, who thinks that the idea of having kids around would be great for cougar bait," laughed the spastic "License to Wed" star, adding, "For those of you who don't know what a cougar is, check online: Single white females, or single females looking for husbands."

Once the guys start watching "SpongeBob," they find that the world looks quite different from a child's perspective. "The idea of you having children really appeals [to some women]," Williams said of the flick, referring to the character of Travolta's real-life wife and co-star Kelly.

"It's learning about life," the Oscar-winner proclaimed. "What are you going to do now, smart boy, that you're single at the age of 50? ... That is the essence of the movie."

(Source: MTV - reproduced in part)



Sit. Stay. Play Dad.


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DVD Extra Features

  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Young Dogs Learn Old Tricks
  • Audio Commentary
  • 2 Music Videos

Filming Info

  • Dates

    July 9, 2007 - October 5, 2007

  • Reshoots

    June 2008

  • Locations

    New York City, NY
    Redding, CT
    Bridgeport, CT
    New Canaan, CT
    Westport Beach, CT
    Miami, FL
    Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana, CA

International Release Dates

  • Russia

    November 26, 2009

  • Spain

    December 3, 2009

  • Estonia

    December 4, 2009

  • Netherlands

    December 17, 2009

  • Sweden

    December 18, 2009

  • Ukraine

    December 24, 2009

  • Finland

    December 25, 2009

  • Australia

    December 26, 2009

  • Portugal

    December 31, 2009

  • Turkey

    January 1, 2010

  • New Zealand

    January 8, 2010

  • Germany

    January 14, 2010

  • Argentina

    January 28, 2010

  • UK

    March 5, 2010

International Titles

  • France


Extra Filming Info

"Old Dogs" was filmed along Park Ave around E. 40th in New York City on Friday, July 20th, 2007.

On July 26, 2007, the crew filmed a scene while the Mets game was in progress. The stars signed autographs, and they both took hitting practice before the game. Seth Green and Kelly Preston were also there.

Fun fact: Both Travolta and Williams had an umbrella holder, a fan holder, and a sweat dabber.

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $47,695,255 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $47,695,255 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $16,894,511 (3,425 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    3,425 theaters

  • In Release

    47 days /6.7 weeks


  • Razzie Awards

    Nom - 2010 - Worst Film
    Nom - 2010 - Worst Director (Walt Becker)
    Nom - 2010 - Worst Actor (John Travolta)
    Nom - 2010 - Worst Supporting Actress (Kelly Preston)

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