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Cujo (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  12 August 1983 (USA)
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A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" 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 <Stepford@yahoo.com>

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His bite is worse than his bark. Much, much worse... 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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1.85 : 1
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A number of cars were used for the filming, each was disassembled for specific camera shots. See more »


When Tad and Donna are trapped in the car, Donna rolls down the windows to try to let some air in. The phone rings, and Cujo attacks the car, shattering the passenger window. The passenger window is rolled up all the way when Cujo shatters it, when Donna rolled it down the scene before. See more »


[Joe Camber has encountered Cujo in the garage. Cujo glares at him menacingly & growls]
Joe Camber: Cujo?
[the dog snarls again, and approaches him menacingly]
Joe Camber: Oh my God... you're rabid!
[Cujo barks savagely and charges at Joe. He puts his arms up to defend himself as Cujo attacks]
Joe Camber: [yelling] NO! NO! CUJO!
[the dog jumps on him & knocks him down]
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »


Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Rescue Me (1998) See more »

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One for 'cat lovers' I suppose
30 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You can almost hear every old lady with a Persian cat on her lap tutting as she watches Stephen King's 'Cujo' and saying something like 'I told you dogs were trouble.' Here a lovably, cuddly St Bernard doggy gets bitten by a rabid bat... with disastrous consequences.

Without wishing to spoil it for you, the dog goes on a rampage. The dog. Just a dog. Not a demon dog, or a dog with superpowers and laser-eyes. Just a dog.

It's not a bad idea, but stretching it out for an hour and a half is about an hour too long. There are some pretty traumatic scenes involving a young boy watching some pretty grisly events unfold before his eyes (hopefully the young actor didn't require too much counselling to get over them!), but, one the whole, there are too many sub-plots that are simply there to fill time because just having one angry dog isn't enough to fill an entire film.

Not bad in parts, but you may have to keep your eyes open through some of the 'non dog's dinner scenes.'

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