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


Comedy | Drama | Horror

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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The perfect puppet.
17 February 1999 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Even tho' I don´t like French movies, "Baxter" amazed me. The little bull-terrier dog looking forward killing or not (revealing the thoughts that pass through its mind). The scary young boy with an angel face who shows a growing dark side. Their disturbing friendship. These things make the plot very attractive and original. By the way: the final scenes are to be remembered. I give this title a 7.5 out of 10.

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