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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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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »


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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?


The 360 degree pan around the car interior appears, judging by the major drop in picture quality, to have been shot on 16mm instead of 35mm. See more »


When Vic is working on the Pinto and Tad is leaning on the front passenger's side quarter panel talking to him, the hood is up when the camera is on Vic, but down when the camera is on Tad. See more »


Professor: Nope. Nothing wrong here.
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »


Referenced in Heavy Petting (2007) See more »

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Rabid Cujo
29 December 2002 | by (NM, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie was pretty good. I saw it on TV last Halloween, and it really set the mood. It's basically about a dog that gets rabies, and a mother and her son are trapped in the middle of nowhere (in their car that broke down, of all things) because the dog is terrorizing them. It's really pretty sad actually, because they show the dog chasing the rabbit into the cave where he gets the rabies, and the dog just seems so sweet and cute. It's pretty scary too, when the boy passes out from the heat in the car and needs water or SOMETHING. It obviously set that kind of situation for movies like Panic Room and Signs. It is really a pretty suspenseful movie with that psychological terror--it would scare the hell out of you if it happened to you.

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