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Cujo (1983)

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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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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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From Stephen King's novel comes a chilling tale of a quiet New England town and a horrible evil in the dead of Summer See more »

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12 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cujo - O Novo Símbolo do Terror  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,200,000 (USA)
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Donna takes Tad into the house for his nap, after Vic fails to fix the car. The camera moves to a view of the woodlands and ocean in front of the house. The woodland area is the same location where The Howling was filmed, also starting Dee Wallace. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Cujo runs after a rabbit and it goes into a cave of bats. Cujo sticks its head in the hole, and bats fly around. Watch the top right hand corner when one bat is flying around, just before he gets bitten, and you can see the string that is holding it up. See more »

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One of the better Stephen King adaptations
27 October 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

There have been alot of movies adapted from Stephen King novels or stories. Some have been good ("Carrie", "Cat's Eye", "Misery"), some have been just so-so ("The Shining", "Firestarter"), and some have been bad ("Children of the Corn", "Maximum Overdrive"). 1983's "Cujo" ranks up there as one of the good ones. It's about a sweet St. Bernard dog that turns nasty after a bat bites the big canine. After the dog turns completely evil, he terrorizes everybody in sight. This includes a woman and her young son who drive up to the house (where Cujo lives) to have her car fixed (Cujo's master is an auto mechanic). Not one person is in sight, and when Cujo shows up, the once friendly dog traps the two in their car and then viciously tries to break in. To make matters worse, the car stalls and refuses to start. "Cujo" does have a few laughable situations and there's a little stupidity thrown in at times, but overall this is a very effective horror film that did frighten me many times. Dee Wallace Stone" ("E.T.") and Danny Pintauro (TV's "Who's the Boss?") are very good as the mother and son who's little trip to get the car fixed turns into a nightmare. "Cujo" is a little well-made horror flick worth seeing.

*** (out of four)


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