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Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Trenton (as Daniel Hugh-Kelly)
Kaiulani Lee ...
Brett Camber (as Billy Jacoby)
Sandy Ward ...
Merritt Olsen ...
Arthur Rosenberg ...
Terry Donovan-Smith ...
Robert Elross ...
Robert Behling ...


Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is a turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop... the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick... Written by Miguel Cane <>

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Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cujo - O Novo Símbolo do Terror  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$21,200,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Tad has a stuffed St. Bernard in his room, seen clearly in his first bedroom scene. See more »


When Cujo jumps onto the hood of the Pinto the first time, trying to get inside to Donna and Tad, the movie cuts to an exterior shot of the car where Donna and Tad are nowhere to be seen through the windshield. See more »


Joe Camber: You better watch it, Pervier.
[Joe looks down and pats Cujo]
Joe Camber: I'll sic my dog on you.
Gary Pervier: That dog? You couldn't sic that dog on me if I was comin' at you with a straight razor in each hand!
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »


Referenced in Salem's Lot (2004) See more »

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Tense and well acted King thriller is on a par with "Misery"
5 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

This didn't get the distribution or attention "Misery" got, but it's equally tense and equally well acted by Dee Wallace-Stone (as Donna Trenton).

The simple premise is that a woman becomes trapped in a car while a rabid dog, Cujo, waits to tear her apart.

As "Misery" was about confinement, so is "Cujo", and director Lewis Teague "("Educating Rita") keeps the suspense high and convinces us that Donna's situation is real. The dog is not entirely unsympathetic, either, as we are given the reasons for his mental and physical state.

The film has a refreshing, picturesque simplicity and, by virtue of its shorter form, cuts away the lengthy novel's fat and improves on the premise, getting us to the jeopardy quicker and keeping us there.

The original poster, which depicted a distant farmhouse on a hill, may not have sold tickets, but it was a stunning piece of creative understatement.

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