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18 January 1989 (France) See more »
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Beware of the dog who thinks
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning
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Cast

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

Directed by
Jérôme Boivin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Audiard  writer
Jérôme Boivin  writer
Ken Greenhall  novel

Produced by
Daniel Deschamps .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Ariel Zeitoun .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Hillman 
Patrick Roffé 
 
Cinematography by
Yves Angelo 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josée Audiard 
 
Production Design by
Dominique Maleret 
 
Set Decoration by
Véronique Melery 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frédéric Blum .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
François Waledisch .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Valérie Blier .... photographer
Laurent Fleutot .... assistant camera
Kommer Kleijn .... second camera operator
Richard Weber .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne David .... costume supervisor
 

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Rated R for some language, violent images and sexual content
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82 min
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Evil has its ways., 14 November 2001
Author: dbdumonteil

What's amazing on the site is that this movie retains a rather important following..for a French movie almost unknown in its native country.I wonder whether there is one single French comment among the -rather numerous- lot.Jerome Boivin made ,outside TV work, only one movie I haven't seen yet after "Baxter".And on the site,it has not got the same reputation,by a long shot.

It's really a shame M.Boivin could not pursue a career that was promising."Baxter" is imperfect ,not always convincing,particularly before the cherubic-boy-with-a-dark-side appears.But,and this is crucial,it is a demanding,harsh and unique work,completely different of what French directors usually do."Heavenly creatures" which featured Kate Winslet(not the Titanic side) comes to mind.

The whole story is told by the dog in voice-off:its monologue is strange indeed.The animal 's looking for a human(?) being who knows neither love nor fear.He fails with the old lady and the young couple(the scenes with the baby are impressive ,with echoes of Richard Matheson's short story "I monster" in the words of the dog.)Then THE boy appears:he's fascinated by Hitler and Eva Braun:we will never know why:it seems he found some old nazi papers in the garbage dump.But his family is totally harmless,the father(played by Jacques Spiesser,the only known actor of the cast:he was featured in JJ annaud's first effort "black and white and in colors"-"la victoire en chantant"-,an AA winner) is a bit listless but he seems to be a good man:it's apparently not the father figure this vicious son dreams of..When the dog and the boy meet,tragedy is round the corner.And don't expect a happy end :the boy's last thoughts will make your hair stand on end.

"Baxter" is definitely is a movie to remember.Not mommy's little boy then!

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