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The Plague Dogs (1982)

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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Snitter (voice)
Christopher Benjamin ...
Rowf (voice)
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The Tod (voice)
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Dr. Boycott (voice)
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Tyson / Wag (voice)
Bernard Hepton ...
Stephen Powell (voice)
Brian Stirner ...
Laboratory Assistant (voice)
Penelope Lee ...
Lynn Driver (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews ...
Farmer (voice) (as Geoffrey Mathews)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
Farmer's Wife (voice)
John Bennett ...
Don (voice)
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Williamson (voice)
Bill Maynard ...
Editor (voice)
Malcolm Terris ...
Robert (voice)
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Pekingese (voice)
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Storyline

An animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel, about a pair of dogs (Snitter and Rowf) who escape from a research laboratory and try to survive in the wild with the help of a cunning fox (The Tod). The lab director tries to keep the escape quiet, but as an increasing number of sheep are found killed, word leaks out, together with rumours that the dogs might be plague carriers... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Escape to a different World...And share the adventure of a lifetime.


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Rated PG-13 for violent images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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3 December 1982 (UK)  »

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Die Hunde sind los  »

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Trivia

Jeremy Irons originally read for the part of Rowf. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Powell: I think he's starting to pack it in.
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Featured in South Jersey Sam: Top 13 Best Foxes (2011) See more »

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Time and Tide
Written by Alan Price
Performed by Alan Price
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User Reviews

An Great Adaptation of a Good Book
26 August 1999 | by (Gaithersburg, MD) – See all my reviews

This is easily one of my favorite animated films of all time. The characters are so much more real than those in the majority of the live action films produced recently. The animation is very well done with great English scenery and a style that doesn't allow for any cutesy cartoonish effects. The music is appropriate (unlike ahem.. Watership Down). Finally, the message of the movie is clear without being oppressive or melodramatic. The character of the Tod in particular seems to be the penultimate representation of a fox.

This is in no sense a children's film, but a mature child of ten or eleven could certainly appreciate it. I don't want to sound corny, but the film can be viewed as a metaphor for a human life. The movie is a kind of cycle from water to water, the dogs try to make sense of a world they can never totally understand, they're constantly searching for some kind of mythical human affection, I could ramble on...

This film, unlike Watership Down, actually improves on the book by refining and/or removing many of the more tedious sections which dealt with people and politics. The final scene of the movie is as powerful an image as I have seen in any film. Any movie that gives the audience something to think about is fine by me. The Plague Dogs does this and tells a good story to boot.


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