Baxter (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Horror  |  18 January 1989 (France)
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A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.


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Credited cast:
Lise Delamare ...
Madame Deville
Jean Mercure ...
Monsieur Cuzzo
Jacques Spiesser ...
Michel Ferrer
Catherine Ferran ...
Florence Morel
Jean-Paul Roussillon ...
Joseph Barsky
Sabrina Leurquin ...
Daniel Rialet ...
Evelyne Didi ...
Marie Cuzzo
Rémy Carpentier ...
Roger Morel
Jany Gastaldi ...
Anne Ferrer
François Driancourt ...
Ève Ziberlin ...
Malcom Scrannage ...
Léa Gabriele ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxime Leroux ...
Baxter (voice)


Her daughter Florence gives Mrs. Deville bull-terrier Baxter as a surprise present. Although she's afraid of him, she doesn't want to give him away because she feels lonely. But Baxter has his own ideas - he longs to be dominated, to be challenged - and so he isn't content with his boring life with the old lady. To get rid of her, he causes an accident. It works, and he's given to the neighbors, a young couple. He's happy... for a while. When they get a baby, he again takes action. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Beware of the dog who thinks


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content

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18 January 1989 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bell mir das Lied vom Tod  »

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1.78 : 1
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Black Comedy Extraordinaire
10 November 2003 | by (A Place is Just A Place) – See all my reviews

Even now, 14 years since I saw this little gem, I remember it fondly. It wormed its way into my heart and earned a special place in a nook of my right ventricle. Speaking of hearts, if the heart of comedy is anarchy and tragedy, this film has no trouble summoning both, is plenty courageous in offending, and is thus all the more at once deeply funny and disturbing. Evil is a mystery best approached without preconception. Yeats spoke of "murderous innocence." Seldom does a film speak so freely, even gleefully, about it. 10/10

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