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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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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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Did You Know?


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


Vic Trenton: There are no real monsters.
Tad Trenton: Except for the one in my closet.
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »


Referenced in Hulk (2003) See more »

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Decent King Adaptation
3 October 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cujo (1983)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A normally friendly St. Bernard named Cujo gets rabies and goes on a killing spree. Eventually a mother (Dee Wallace) and her young son (Danny Pintauro) crosses paths with the monster and soon they're trapped in their car unable to go anywhere. CUJO isn't a complete success but there are enough effective moments to make it worth sitting through. I'm not familiar with the Stephen King story so I can't comment on how close this movie follows it but I think there are a few problems here. One problem is that we're given a pretty worthless subplot involving the wife having an affair on her husband (Christopher Stone). I'm not sure if this played a bigger part in the book but here it just basically adds minutes to the running time and in the end it really adds up to nothing. Another problem I have with the film is that it's not nearly as intense as it should have been. In order for a film like this to succeed I think it needs to keep the viewer in constant terror as soon as everything starts to happen. That doesn't happen here, although there is one attack sequence inside the car that is quite chilling. Finally, the biggest problem with the picture is that it's simply way too predictable. With that said, Dee Wallace is extremely good in her role as the mother who is forced to fight this creature to try and save her son. Pintauro is also very good in his role as the child and it's fun seeing Stone, although his role isn't that well written. As I said, there's one attack scene inside the car that is quite thrilling but the rest of them are only mildly entertaining. The final showdown does manage to be quite exciting, although by this point you're ready for anyone to win just as long as the movie comes to an end.

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