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The Pack (1977)

The residents of vacation spot Seal Island find themselves terrorized by a pack of dogs -- the remnants of discarded pets by visiting vacationers.

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Jerry
Hope Alexander-Willis ...
Millie
Richard B. Shull ...
Hardiman
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Cobb
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Walker
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Marge
Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
McMinnimee
Richard O'Brien ...
Jim Dodge
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Lois (as Sherry Miles)
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Tommy Dodge
Eric Knight ...
Guy
Steve Lytle ...
Paul
Rob Narke ...
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Peggy Price ...
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Steve Butts ...
Bobby
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Dogs and man have been together since the prehistoric times. On a trip in the woods, the owners of the dogs would abandon their dogs and leave them in the wild. After about 3 hours of trying to find any means of survival, the dog finds a shed filled with other dogs that were also abandon by humans. Left with no other choice, the dogs resort to cannibalism and form the pack, a pack of abandon dogs out for vengeance. An old man and a kid were the first victims of these beasts. And now, a family staying in the resort must defend themselves against the pack and survive by any means possible

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Last summer they were pets. Now they are predators. See more »

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Trivia

A clip of this movie can been seen in the Dirty Harry movie "The Dead Pool" (1988). See more »

Quotes

Jim Dodge: You could've stopped all the talking!
Lois: But he's very interesting. I mean he just sat and talked. He didn't even try to grab a tit! It was kinda nice.
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The end credits play over a stilled image of a tied dog licking Joe Don Baker's hand. See more »

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References The Killer Shrews (1959) See more »

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Decent little flick...but a pack of niggles spoil it
28 August 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I'd really like to have given The Pack a higher rating, but unfortunately; too many little niggles prevented me from doing so. There have been a few films depicting "man's best friend" attacking man, but in general the idea doesn't seem to be capitalised upon too often. The Pack is certainly the only film I've seen about a pack of wild dogs terrorising a group of humans. The film takes place on a small island, which is a positive element in itself as it brings an element of claustrophobia to the nightmare premise. However, in general; Robert Clouse's film just doesn't capitalise on its positive elements, which leaves it all feeling more than a little bit flat. The plot centres on a group of people on Seal Island, whose serene existence is interrupted by a pack of wild dogs. The dogs have come about, apparently, thanks to people going to the pound to buy a dog to take to the island, and then leaving it there. These dogs are, naturally, very hungry; and it's not long before they realise that the island features a plentiful food supply, and unfortunately for the people there - they are it.

The film is at its best when the dogs are on the attack and the director delights in showing them looking rabid and hungry...but unfortunately, they never really look too threatening when they're not tearing into soft-top cars or breaking through windows. Much of the film is really quite boring, and unfortunately there isn't enough in reserve where the characters are concerned to make the film interesting. Veteran actor Joe Don Baker takes the lead role, and does well in providing the offbeat hero as the man doesn't particularly look like someone who you would expect to be fighting off a pack of hungry dogs. The plot hinges a little too much on its set-pieces also, which is unfortunate as there's not much to string them together. It has to be said also that the film is a little too long, and could have done with a tighter editing job. The island location provides a good setting for a film like this, though, and the way that the characters are isolated adds a little extra terror. The ending is strong, and provides a good wrap-up to a sadly merely worthwhile film.


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