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Man's Best Friend -- A dog turns from man's best friend into man's worst nightmare as he attacks everything that moves.


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Writer (WGA):
John Lafia (written by)
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Release Date:
19 November 1993 (USA) See more »
Companion. Protector. Killer. See more »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Good "B" movie about a girl who befriends a research dog. See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ally Sheedy ... Lori Tanner

Lance Henriksen ... Dr. Jarret

Robert Costanzo ... Detective Kovacs

Fredric Lehne ... Perry

John Cassini ... Detective Bendetti

J.D. Daniels ... Rudy

William Sanderson ... Ray
Trula M. Marcus ... Annie
Robin Frates ... Judy Sanders

Rick Barker ... Mailman

Bradley Pierce ... Chet
Robert Arentz ... EMAX Security Guard

Cameron Arnett ... Dog Catcher #1

Adam Carl ... Dog Catcher #2

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Mugger

Ray Lykins ... KCBG Security Guard

Mickey Cassidy ... Paper Boy

Robert Shaye ... Mobile Mechanic (as L.E. Moko)
Caroline Cornell ... KCBG Receptionist

Del Zamora ... Rudy's Dad
Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Barclay
Frank Cavestani ... Policeman
Paul Hayes ... 2nd Mechanic
Peter Georges ... Truck Driver
Olivia Brown ... Lab Assistant
Lisa Cavallo ... Friday

Frank Welker ... Special Vocal Effects (voice)

Directed by
John Lafia 
Writing credits
John Lafia (written by)

Produced by
Robert Engelman .... producer
Daniel Grodnik .... executive producer
Robert Kosberg .... executive producer
Kelley Smith-Wait .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joel Goldsmith 
Alex Wilkinson 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin 
Film Editing by
Nancy Frazen 
Michael N. Knue 
Casting by
Valorie Massalas 
Production Design by
Jaymes Hinkle 
Art Direction by
Erik Olson 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
Costume Design by
Beverly Hong 
Makeup Department
Mitchell J. Coughlin .... makeup effects artist
Aliki Demetriades .... hair stylist: Speedy
Aliki Demetriades .... makeup artist: Speedy
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... hair stylist
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... makeup artist
Kevin Yagher .... special makeup effects
Production Management
Robert Engelman .... unit production manager
Joe Fineman .... executive in charge of post-production
Ric Keeley .... post-production supervisor
Cindy Lovelady .... executive in charge of production (as Cindy Hornickel)
Deborah Moore .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benita Allen .... first assistant director
Jeff Rafner .... assistant director
David Spitzer .... assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
Sharon E. Alshams .... lead set designer
Scott Edward Collins .... set dresser
Tom Craig .... set dresser
David Cunningham .... carpenter
Anna Czerwatiuk .... set dresser
J. Gregory Evans .... set dresser
Jonathan Josell .... art department coordinator
Christopher Neely .... set dresser
Gregory R. Wolf .... property master
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Jim Brookshire .... dialogue editor
Harry Cohen .... special sound designer
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
Bess Hopper .... foley artist
Steve Nelson .... sound mixer
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Ann Scibelli .... sound effects editor
Cathie Speakman .... dialogue editor
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven D. Williams .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Mark R. Byers .... special effects assistant
Frank Ceglia .... special effects coordinator
Claire Flewin .... puppet fabrication
Fred Folger .... mechanic
Paul H. Haines Jr. .... special effects assistant
Greg Aronowitz .... special break-away props (uncredited)
Robert Lindores .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Scott Billups .... visual effects
Peter Webb .... visual effects
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Rick Barker .... stunts
Bob Black .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Martin Bresin .... stunts
Moore Brian .... stunts (as Brian Joseph Moore)
John Cann .... stunts (as John Caan)
Frank Ceglia .... stunts
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts (as Scott Cook)
Jake Crawford .... additional stunt coordinator: stunts
Everett Creach .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
David Deleissegues .... stunts
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Donna Keegan .... stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunts
Jack Lilley .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Bobby Porter .... stunts (as Bobby M. Porter)
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Clint Rowe .... stunts
Scott Rowe .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts (as Dan Wynands)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bahara .... first assistant camera: second camera
Matthew J. Curry .... additional second assistant camera
John Ditomaso .... electrician
Mark Fellman .... still photographer
Loren Hillebrand .... dolly grip
Dawn Jones .... second assistant camera (as Dawn Laurel)
Peter Schmitt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joseph M. Setele .... first assistant camera (second unit)
Charles M. Smallwood .... best boy grip
Scott E. Steele .... camera operator: "b" camera
David W. Strong .... best boy electric
Don Telles .... grip
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera
Troy White .... electrician
Jay W. Yowler .... gaffer
Phillip Darlington .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Djokovich Digby .... set costumer
Sandy Kenyon .... wardrobe assistant
Michelle Jade Lee .... costume supervisor
Linda L. Meltzer .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Leigh Davis .... assistant film editor
Jill Dole .... additional editor
Tzarina V. Edillon .... apprentice editor
Lisa Linder .... assistant film editor
Vartan Nazarian .... editorial apprentice intern
Meghan L. Noble .... assistant film editor
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Music Department
Martin Blasick .... music producer: "Puppy Love"
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Transportation Department
D.J. Gardiner .... driver
Other crew
Keith Bauer .... animal trainer
Steve Berens .... animal trainer
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Janna Crawford .... puppeteer (as Janna Leann Crawford)
David Deleissegues .... animal trainer
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer
Thomas Floutz .... puppeteer
Nicole Hannah .... animal expert
Anne E. Hart .... production coordinator
Haley McLane .... script supervisor: re-shoots
John Palmerton .... assistant production coordinator
Jacobus Rose .... production executive
Clint Rowe .... animal trainer
Scott Rowe .... animal trainer
Judith Saunders .... script supervisor
Erik Schaper .... puppeteer
Frank Schmidt .... animal trainer
Russell Shinkle .... puppeteer
Steven Shkolnik .... location manager
David Stinnett .... puppeteer
N. Brock Winkless IV .... puppeteer
Marsha Zvonkin .... production accountant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Fred Folger .... mechanic (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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Rated R for terror and violence involving a household pet
87 min | Argentina:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Kevin Yagher built the Max puppets as well as creating the make-up special effects.See more »
DR. JARRET:We're not talking *man's best friend* here!".See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The House That Freddy Built (2006) (V)See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Good "B" movie about a girl who befriends a research dog., 21 November 2004
Author: Will Carroll (ElvesBrew) from Pacific NW, USA

This is one of those movies that can entertain you as long as you don't get too critical. The basic premise of the story line is a good one but as with many low budget Sci-Fi films there are flaws in the telling.

The biggest flaw is in the title itself. Being as this dog befriends Ally Sheedy's character and basically snarls at all the men it come across the film probably should have been called "Woman's Best Friend" or better yet "M.A.X.".

Other than the title though the movie is basically a good film and you have to get pretty picky to find any real problems with it. It's not a great movie but it has some good scares, moments of comic relief, and some cool special effects.

I don't know why this film has gotten such a low over-all rating. I know that IMDb ratings tend to average a bit on the low side but still this movie deserves a lot better than a 4.4. I have given the film a 7 and feel this movie is good enough to add to any one's DVD library if found at budget prices.

Definitely worth a rental if you haven't already seen it.


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