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White Dog (1982)

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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
Samuel Fuller ...
Charlie Felton
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Cameraman
Richard Monahan ...
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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 picture was frequently criticized and protested against by various civil-rights leaders and such lobby groups as the Black Anti-Defamation Coalition (BADC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). See more »

Goofs

When Julie Sawyer first takes the dog to the animal training center, Carruthers is on the phone but tells her to sit down. To his right, almost out of frame, you can see some fingers moving. Most likely the dog's trainer making signs. See more »

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Roland Gray: You got a four-legged time bomb!
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How Cruel and Intolerant a Human Being Can Be
4 February 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the unemployed young actress Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) hits a white German Sheppard while driving though the hills during the night. She brings the dog to the veterinary and keeps the animal in her house on the hills. Julie takes a picture of the dog and distributes fliers with her boyfriend seeking out the owner.

When a burglar and rapist breaks in her house, the dog protects Julie and she decides to keep the animal with her. But sooner she learns the white dog is an animal trained by a racist to attack black people. However Julie has become attached to the dog and tries to find a trainer for "deprogramming" the dog. She goes to the Noah Ark, a place where the Afro-American trainer of wild animals Keys (Paul Winfield) accepts the challenge despite the difficulties of his task.

"White Dog" is among the most impressive films about racism ever made by the cinema history. The plot is very simple but touching and shows how cruel and intolerant a human being can be. The sick idea of using alcoholic or addicted black man to frequently beat up a puppy until it grows-up with hatred of black people is so despicable that it is hard to believe that it may happen.

I saw this film for the first time in the 80's and it has not aged. My vote is sight.

Title (Brazil): "Cão Branco" ("White Dog")


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