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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 attack black people.

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Cast

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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 ...
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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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7 July 1982 (France)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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The film, as the closing credits declare, is "dedicated to Romain Gary" who was the author of the movie's source novel. See more »

Goofs

When Julie first comes to the cage to observe Keys training the dog, the camera dollies back and the dolly-track is visible for a moment in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. See more »

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Roland Gray: You got a four-legged time bomb!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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The dog should have earned Academy Award nomination
4 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Quite an interesting film about a hound trained to attack black people, and a black animal trainee, Keys, played by Paul Winfield, for whom it becomes a very personal matter to do a difficult job of deprogramming a dog. Misunderstood by many as a racist film at the time it came out, now it became sort of cult-classic. The most remarkable thing about this movie is certainly the most amazing performance from the main character - which is the dog itself. Only to see this dog acting is a sufficient reason to see this film. 6/10


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