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Cujo -- A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.


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Release Date:
12 August 1983 (USA) See more »
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A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Lewis Teague 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel)

Don Carlos Dunaway (writer) and
Lauren Currier (writer)

Produced by
Daniel H. Blatt .... producer
Neil A. Machlis .... associate producer (as Neil Machlis)
Robert Singer .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (director of photography) (as Jan De Bont)
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
Marcia Ross  (as Marcia S. Ross)
Production Design by
Guy J. Comtois  (as Guy Comtois)
Set Decoration by
John Bergman 
Costume Design by
Jack Buehler 
Makeup Department
Michael Lavalley .... assistant special makeup
Robin L. Neal .... makeup artist (as Robin Neal)
Julie Purcell .... hair stylist
Production Management
Elliot Friedgen .... production supervisor
George Goodman .... executive production manager
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Michael Green .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Andrews .... set dresser (as Bob Andrews)
Michael Berdick .... set painter
Dean R. Brown .... construction coordinator (as Dean Brown)
Roger Crandall .... property master
Joseph T. Garrity .... set designer (as Joseph Garrity)
Roger Graham .... laborer
Richard Hochschild .... carpenter
Wayne Iversen .... assistant propman
Cricket Rowland .... set dresser (as Elsie Rowland)
Bob Ziembicki .... set dresser
Sound Department
Brian Courcier .... sound editor
David R. Elliott .... sound editor (as David Elliott)
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
John Kline .... sound editor
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator
Russ Tinsley .... sound editor
Mark Ulano .... sound mixer
Ray West .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Rick Josephsen .... special effects
G. Lynn Maughan .... assistant special effects
Robert Clark .... creature crew: prosthetic dogs (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kathie Clark .... visual effects assistant
Robert Clark .... visual effects assistant (as Bob Clark)
Peter Knowlton .... special visual effects makeup
Dave Nelson .... visual effects assistant (as David Nelson)
Jean Coulter .... stunt double (as Jeannie Coulter)
Bob Herron .... stunt double
Chris Howell .... stunt double
Jackie Martin .... stunt double
Gary Morgan .... stunt double
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Roxana Whitfield .... stunt double
Walter Wyatt .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Gale M. Adler .... still photographer (as Gale Adler)
John Bush .... still photographer
Bruce Hamme .... key grip
Ian Kincaid .... lamp operator
Richard A. Mitchell .... grip (as Rick Mitchell)
Vern Nobles .... second assistant camera
Richard Osborn Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Rick Osborn)
Dennis L. Peterson .... gaffer (as Dennis Petersen)
David Pringle .... Steadicam operator
Patrick Reddish .... best boy (as Pat Reddish)
Jay Schumann .... lamp operator
Popcorn Simmons .... grip
Todd Smith .... best boy
Chester Sohn .... generator operator
Arly H. Thomsen .... dolly grip (as Arly Thomsen)
Jon Tilton .... lamp operator
Alexander Witt .... first assistant camera
Garland Wylde .... lamp operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy G. Fox .... assistant costumer (as Nancy Fox)
Leslie Morales .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Steve Potter .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Don Perry .... music supervisor
Richard Stone .... music editor
Transportation Department
Blackie Bissonnette .... driver (as Blackie Bissonnetti)
Jim Campbell .... driver
Pam Daniels .... driver
Jim Huffey .... driver
Marty Huffey .... driver
Jim Mason .... driver
Jim O'Keefe .... driver
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Pat Borri .... accounting secretary
Celia Cadena .... assistant accountant
Glen Garner .... animal handler
Desmond Giffen .... assistant cook
Mamie Goldstein .... special consultant
Perry Husman .... craft service
Mario Iscovich .... production associate
Paul Kovlachum .... location auditor
Pixie Lamppu .... production assistant
Deborah Lawson .... location manager
Boots Lebaron .... unit publicist
Jackie Martin .... animal handler
Christopher Medak .... production assistant (as Chris Medak)
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal action
Mark Moelter .... assistant cook
Dan Phillips .... assistant coordinator
Aileen Ronloff .... welfare worker
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor (as Jacqueline Saunders)
Chriss Strauss .... production coordinator
Phil Strauss .... first aid
Tom Zapata .... production assistant
Jain Lemos .... location scout (uncredited)
Linda Martel .... production accountant: second unit (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2000) (DVD version) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1994) (VHS version) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1983) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Poland:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Stephen King has admitted several times that he was so into his alcohol addiction at the time that he does not remember writing the book.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Cujo initially attacks the Pinto, the car's passenger window shatters completely, but does not break. The tempered glass in all automotive side and rear windows does not have the thin plastic layer in it that keeps it intact when struck (as windshields have), and this type of glass will shatter into tiny pieces and disintegrate on impact. This is demonstrated when Mrs. Trenton uses the butt of the sheriff's revolver to shatter the Pinto's glass rear hatch, which is made of the same type of glass.See more »
Donna Trenton:Damn this car!See more »
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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
dog bites man --- and Pinto ---- story..., 6 April 2008
Author: mcfly-31 from anaheim, ca

What we have here is the ultimate statement on rural families that opt to live near bat caves. The result is a fairly competent Stephen King adaptation of a big, friendly pooch that is somewhat innocently turned into a bloodthirsty devil dog.

One frolicky afternoon in the sunshine, the title farm dog is pursuing a scampering bunny rabbit through the countryside. Mistakenly popping his head into what he thinks is Thumper's underground domicile, is instead infested with bats. One pierces poor Cujo's schnozz and days later, the chaos begins.

On the other side of town, more mundane things are being played out. Your average three-person family --- complete with a kid who fears his closet at bedtime --- are going through the motions. Sure, we wouldn't mind a little character development and subtext for what's to come, but it's this part of the screenplay that nearly kills the film. Completely needless subplots populate this thing like no tomorrow, involving extra-marital activities, the most average town stud of the 80s, and an asinine attempt at damage control for --- you ready? --- a cereal campaign that's made America physically ill. What any of this crap is doing in a horror film is beyond me.

But once you've slogged through that superfluous nonsense, you're permitted a decent little thriller. We observe a mother and her young son damned by a 70s eyesore Pinto which malfunctions at exactly the wrong time. What neighborhood farm does is crap out at? You guessed it. The residence of the now bloodsoaked, dirtied Cujo.

Director Teague ought to be commended for keeping the action so tense in what ends up being (basically) a one location film. A supremely trained movie dog (or possibly *dogs*) evoke genuine fear and panic for the audience. And Teague as well creates a perfect sense of isolation for the desolate setting, which in many King novels, is a character in itself. Jan de Bont's cinematography is superbly skilled as well, most impressively involving a steadicam shot approaching the open door of the Pinto. And an excellent one rotating around Cujo as he sits on the porch of the house, the car in his sights.

Wallace and Pintauro carry the film quite well, though Pintauro's screechy whining can be a bit much at times. But that's what it makes it so convincing! You feel a legitimate observation is going of how these two people would cope with being held hostage by a serial mutt. Other characters seem to occupy the screen for the sole purpose of distancing themselves from the audience, so when they're attacked, we feel better about it. And the bearded lathario who allegedly has several mistresses at his disposal, still sees it necessary to take a knife to one of his conquests homes out of her rejection of him. Please.

The close of the film leaves an important visual off-screen (lemme just say "gunshot!"), and the final frame (especially the music) is right out of a soap opera. And I'm sorry, but as a dog lover, there were just times that I actually had sympathy for Cujo. He's not inherently evil to begin with, and most notably in the beginning, is viewed as a fluffy, friendly canine. So to see him descend into a killing machine was almost a bit depressing at times.

But if you can power through a fodder-laden start (or even utilize the fast forward button), Cujo is a passable scare-fest for a Friday night with friends.

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