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White Dog (1982)

PG | | Drama | 7 July 1982 (France)
A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to kill Black people.

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Julie Sawyer
Christa Lang ...
Nurse
Vernon Weddle ...
Vet
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Roland Grale
Karl Lewis Miller ...
Attacker
Karrie Emerson ...
Sun Bather
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Pound Operator (as Helen J. Siff)
Glen Garner ...
Pound Worker (as Glen D. Garner)
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Pound Driver
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Sweeper Driver
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Charlie Felton
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Director
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Cameraman
Richard Monahan ...
Assistant Director
Neyle Morrow ...
Soundman
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Deprogramming a dog who kills Blacks is the ultimate challenge for an unorthodox African-American trainer. When a young Hollywood actress finds the injured stray, she nurses it back to health, not knowing it's a "White Dog" trained by a racist to attack only Blacks. Julie's appalled when the otherwise gentle, white German Shepherd breaks out, then returns from his nighttime foray dotted with human blood. Julie desperately races from trainer to trainer, advised to kill her pet, until the top Hollywood canine expert refers her to his former protégé, Keys. Written by David Stevens

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...Trained To Kill [Video Australia] See more »

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A fehér kutya  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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The film was selected to screen in 1983 at both the 27th Regus London Film Festival and the 37th Edinburgh International Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) While at the dinner table, platter of vegetables is across table from girl, then next to her at closeup, then back across the table again at next cut. See more »

Quotes

Roland Gray: You got a four-legged time bomb!
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Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

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Tragic beauty...
18 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Meandering at times, but sensitive thriller about a white-colored, racist dog trained to attack African-Americans. Kristy McNichol nurses him back to health after hitting him with her car, soon learning his true nature and dedicating herself to curing the gorgeous but brainwashed creature. The random scenes of attack on black characters--one in slow-motion--are probably what doomed this film's chances at getting a theatrical release (it played Mexico, but only "preview performances" in the US). True, they are upsetting, but deliberately so. They are necessary in showing the reasoning of what happens next, but that certainly doesn't erase the controversial undermining. McNichol has a difficult time getting a grip on her character (we don't get a good idea of who she is either), but the actress's mere presence is reassuring--she's like a lovely ray. Paul Winfield gives his best performance ever as the black man who attempts to retrain the dog, knowing how slim his chances are. Some shots are repetitive, and Ennio Morricone's music is as well--though I found the passages lovely and melancholic. The slow motion taxed my patience, however all is nearly redeemed by that final shot. What tragic beauty there is in it, what a loss of innocence for all concerned. **1/2 from ****


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