The Biscuit Eater

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Biscuit Eater (1972 Movie)

“The Biscuit Eater” is a family drama film released in 1972, produced by Walt Disney Productions. Directed by Vincent McEveety, the film is based on the novel of the same name by James H. Street.

The story is set in a small Southern town and revolves around a young boy named Lonnie (played by Johnny Whitaker) and his bond with a stray dog named Moreover, called “Biscuit” for short. The dog, a mixed breed known as a mongrel, is highly skilled at hunting rabbits, which earns him the nickname “The Biscuit Eater.”

Lonnie befriends Biscuit and is determined to train him to become a skilled rabbit hunter. However, Lonnie faces challenges from his father, Harve McNeil (played by Earl Holliman), who believes that the dog is just a nuisance and a distraction from Lonnie’s responsibilities.

Lonnie’s grandfather, Jesse Coopwood (played by Edgar Buchanan), supports the boy and encourages him to follow his passion for training Biscuit. As Lonnie and Biscuit train and bond together, they face opposition from the townspeople who see the dog as a troublemaker.

The film explores themes of determination, friendship, and the importance of following one’s heart, even in the face of adversity. Lonnie’s journey to prove Biscuit’s worth and gain acceptance for his unconventional bond with the dog forms the heart of the story.

“The Biscuit Eater” received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its heartwarming story and strong performances, particularly from Johnny Whitaker and Earl Holliman. The film’s portrayal of the deep connection between a young boy and his dog resonated with audiences, making it a touching and family-friendly film.

While not as well-known as some of Disney’s other classics, “The Biscuit Eater” remains a beloved film for those who appreciate heartwarming stories about the bond between humans and animals. It showcases Disney’s commitment to producing wholesome and engaging family films that impart valuable life lessons.

Today, “The Biscuit Eater” stands as a nostalgic gem from Disney’s film library, cherished by viewers who remember its touching story and endearing characters. It is a testament to the enduring appeal of heartwarming family dramas that continue to captivate audiences across generations.

Additional Details


  • Earl Holliman: Harve McNeil
  • Pat Crowley: Mary Lee McNeil
  • Lew Ayres: Mr. Ames
  • Godfrey Cambridge: Mr. Dorsey
  • Beah Richards: Charity Tomlin
  • Clifton James: Mr. Eben
  • Johnny Whitaker: Lonnie McNeil
  • George Spell: Text Tomlin
  • Mantan Moreland: Waiter
  • Rolph Van Wolfgang: Moreover


  • Director: Vincent McEveety
  • Producer: Bill Anderson
  • Music: Robert F. Brunner

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