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
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The original novel was a sequel of sorts following The Dead Zone. Since killer Frank Dodd was killed he became a kind of bogeyman in Castle Rock and supposedly haunted Tad. It is hinted that Dodd possessed Cujo. Sheriff George Bannerman, played by Sandy Ward here, makes specific references to Dead Zone hero Johnny Smith. Both this movie and The Dead Zone (1983) were developed at the same time, with this film released two months before, by different studios so the references were removed. 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 »
[Donna & Tad have just arrived at Joe Camber's home, but no one is around]
Well, looks like we've arrived, Tadder.
Yeah, but is anyone home?
[Donna gets out of the car]
I can't get my seatbelt off!
[Donna gets back into the car & starts helping Tad trying to get the belt loose, which she finally does]
I wish Dad would get a new car.
So do I.
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »
Tense and well acted King thriller is on a par with "Misery"
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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