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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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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
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (uncredited)
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 | 86 min (alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

A rumor has circulated that "Cujo" is an ancient Indian word meaning "unstoppable force." In reality, Stephen King made it up himself when writing the novel.See more »
Continuity: Cujo smashes the passenger side window of the car. However, a little later, it is back intact. It then changes through the movie.See more »
Donna Trenton:Please God get me out of here.See more »
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21 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
One of the better Stephen King adaptations, 27 October 2000
Author: jhaggardjr from Chicago, Illinois

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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