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The Plague Dogs (1982)

Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Director:

Martin Rosen

Writers:

Richard Adams (novel), Martin Rosen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Snitter (voice)
Christopher Benjamin ... Rowf (voice)
James Bolam ... The Tod (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Dr. Boycott (voice)
Warren Mitchell ... Tyson / Wag (voice)
Bernard Hepton ... Stephen Powell (voice)
Brian Stirner ... Laboratory Assistant (voice)
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Lynn Driver (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Farmer (voice) (as Geoffrey Mathews)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Farmer's Wife (voice)
John Bennett ... Don (voice)
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Williamson (voice)
Bill Maynard ... Editor (voice)
Malcolm Terris ... Robert (voice)
Judy Geeson ... Pekingese (voice)
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Storyline

An animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel, about a pair of dogs (Snitter and Rowf) who escape from a research laboratory and try to survive in the wild with the help of a cunning fox (The Tod). The lab director tries to keep the escape quiet, but as an increasing number of sheep are found killed, word leaks out, together with rumors that the dogs might be plague carriers. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Escape to a different World...And share the adventure of a lifetime.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Plague Dogs See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second animated movie to be based on a Richard Adams novel and directed by Martin Rosen, and the second to feature the voices of Sir John Hurt and Sir Nigel Hawthorne. The first being Watership Down (1978). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Powell: I think he's starting to pack it in.
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Alternate Versions

The 2008 UK Optimum DVD contains both prints of the film. See more »

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Featured in South Jersey Sam: Top 13 Best Foxes (2011) See more »

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Time and Tide
Composed and sung by Alan Price
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Tragic
17 November 2004 | by the_naked_airplaneSee all my reviews

Martin Rosen's second animated film is a powerful piece, which is based on Richard Adams novel of the same name. The Plague Dogs is a very rare example of a film in the animation genre which strives for realism in the grittiest of senses. As far away from fluffy Disney films as one could imagine, this is a disturbing account of the hardships of two dogs who escape from an animal testing lab. The perceived haven of the real world soon turns out to be anything like Rowf and Snitter had hoped. However the friendship that is built through out the film between the two dogs and a rogue fox whom they meet, is touching and at times heartbreaking. To delve much further into the story would be to spoil certain aspects of the film, so that shall be left down to the viewer to discover.

Suffice to say, the main strength of Plague Dogs is paradoxically the reason the film has found itself in obscurity. To this date the original, 'uncut', version has not been released on any small screen formats (not to my knowledge at least). This strength is the bravery with which Rosen tackles the story. Resulting from this is a down beat film that isn't suitable for, nor is it likely to interest most, children. This is more than likely the reason it never found the success of Rosen's previous feature, Watership Down.

In short, this film deserves to be released in its full splendor and embraced by a whole new generation of film lovers. Anyone with a heart that isn't made of stone will get the appeal of this wonderful film.


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