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White Dog (1982)

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A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to attack black people.

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Samuel Fuller

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Romain Gary (story), Samuel Fuller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Julie Sawyer
Christa Lang Christa Lang ... Nurse
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Vet
Jameson Parker ... Roland Grale
Karl Lewis Miller Karl Lewis Miller ... Attacker
Karrie Emerson ... Sun Bather
Helen Siff ... Pound Operator (as Helen J. Siff)
Glen Garner Glen Garner ... Pound Worker (as Glen D. Garner)
Terrence Beasor ... Pound Driver
Tony Brubaker ... Sweeper Driver
Samuel Fuller ... Charlie Felton
Marshall Thompson ... Director
Paul Bartel ... Cameraman
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... Assistant Director
Neyle Morrow ... Soundman
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Storyline

Deprogramming a dog who kills Blacks is the ultimate challenge for an unorthodox African-American trainer. When a young Hollywood actress finds the injured stray, she nurses it back to health, not knowing it's a "White Dog" trained by a racist to attack only Blacks. Julie's appalled when the otherwise gentle, white German Shepherd breaks out, then returns from his nighttime foray dotted with human blood. Julie desperately races from trainer to trainer, advised to kill her pet, until the top Hollywood canine expert refers her to his former protégé, Keys. Written by David Stevens

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...Trained To Kill [Video Australia] See more »

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Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A fehér kutya See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name of the movie that animal trainer Carruthers (Burl Ives) said he helped John Wayne win his Best Actor Academy Award (Oscar) for by handling the snakes was True Grit (1969). See more »

Goofs

Just before the White Dog finally takes the hamburger from his trainer, he looks up at him, and just under his lip, shows the edge of the prosthetics that hold his cheeks in a snarl. See more »

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Roland Gray: You got a four-legged time bomb!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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I thought I lived in the United States.
30 July 2005 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

Where are all the protesters who gather whenever some idiot tries to censor artwork or expression that is contrary to American culture? None of them seem to have shown up when this great work was put on the shelf, then later chopped up. Europeans, with an open eye to American society (only due to the benefit of being distant), were able to see this film with honesty. I say this because that's where it was shown uncut and critically acclaimed.

The truth is that it is a statement about and against racism, completely misunderstood by the civil rights groups and the others who opposed it. It is a good, hard look at the way racism is propagated in America, through the training of not only this one single dog, but of young people by racist adults and peers as the young people mature into adulthood. It tackles the subject with an honesty that is sadly missing in the statements of most anti-racist organizations.

Most groups prefer to gloss over the true causes of racism with platitudes, and a few often have a political agenda that promotes socialistic ideals, so they really don't give full attention to the true causes of racism. Everybody now is so afraid of offending anybody else, that everything becomes a watered-down, grayish, inoffensive litany no more bothersome than grouchiness. Sam Fuller stated in film what it really is, and that is that people learn from others throughout childhood, not always by overt indoctrination but by subtle methods, to think in stereotypical and racist terms. Not just whites thinking of blacks as uneducated gangster-rappers, but also those who think of Native Americans as lazy drinkers, Italians as loud-mouthed mob disciples, country folks as hillbilly trailer trash, and so on.

And Hollywood does little of significance to dispel this, because they mostly grind things down to these kind of stereotypes to fit into the 2-hr film story mode that they like, which is long on violence, sex and action, and short on character. It's easier that way. Thanks to Sam Fuller for his courage.

ADDENDUM: I had the opportunity to see this again recently after 25 years, and it is still as powerful as I remembered. It does have a B-movie quality to it, a roughness that actually makes it better than if it had been a polished film. The final sequence remains as terrifying as anything I've seen in any type of film, horror, suspense, Hitchcock, and so on. And it has a fabulous music score by Ennio Morricone. I'd confidently call this one a must-see!


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