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White Dog (1982)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Julie Sawyer
Christa Lang ...
Nurse
Vernon Weddle ...
Vet
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Karl Lewis Miller ...
Attacker
Karrie Emerson ...
Sun Bather
Helen Siff ...
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
Samuel Fuller ...
Charlie Felton
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Director
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Cameraman
Richard Monahan ...
Assistant Director
Neyle Morrow ...
Soundman
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Storyline

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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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7 July 1982 (France)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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According to Lisa Dombrowski's article "Every Dog Has Its Day: The Muzzling of Samuel Fuller's White Dog (1982)" published in the Nov/Dec 2008 edition of 'Film Comment' magazine, Roman Polanski was originally hired to direct the picture during the mid-1970s. Before principal photography began, Polanski was charged with statutory rape and subsequently fled the USA thereby halting the production upon which the picture was then put into turnaround. See more »

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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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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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