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:
Julie Sawyer
Christa Lang ...
Vernon Weddle ...
Roland Grale
Karl Lewis Miller ...
Karrie Emerson ...
Sun Bather
Helen Siff ...
Pound Operator (as Helen J. Siff)
Glen Garner ...
Pound Worker (as Glen D. Garner)
Pound Driver
Sweeper Driver
Samuel Fuller ...
Charlie Felton
Richard Monahan ...
Assistant Director
Neyle Morrow ...


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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When man's best friend becomes his fiercest enemy... See more »


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Release Date:

7 July 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A fehér kutya  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though not getting properly released in the USA in the early 1980s the film was theatrically released in Europe in France and the United Kingdom in 1982. See more »


When the dog's owner shows up at Julie's house, he rewards her for finding his pet with an unwrapped Whitman's Sampler. That boxed candy is always sold with cellophane wrapper - presumably the filmmakers thought it would be more dramatic to have lid come off and candy fly all over the place when Julie threw it back at him. See more »


Roland Gray: You got a four-legged time bomb!
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Not what you might think
13 March 2003 | by (Smyrna, GA) – See all my reviews

If you get the chance, by all means see this movie, but try to leave your preconceptions aside.

Before this movie came out, it was roundly denounced by people who misunderstood what it is about. The story is not, as many feared, about a dog trained to attack black people. It is the story of a man (Paul Winfield) and his determination to do something that everyone says cannot be done - FREE the dog of its programming. Unfortunately, it seems that too few people were able to break THEIR programming and give this movie a chance.

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