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White Dog (1982)

PG | | Drama | 7 July 1982 (France)
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A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to attack black people.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writers:

Romain Gary (story), Samuel Fuller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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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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Trivia

The picture has sometimes mistakenly been said to have been director Samuel Fuller's first Hollywood movie in eighteen years as publicized in the original 'Variety' review and on home video sleeves. However, this is not the case, as Fuller a couple of years earlier had directed 1980's The Big Red One (1980) for Lorimar which was picked up by United Artists for theatrical release in the USA. See more »

Goofs

To make the kind dogs look angry they use something like cotton balls under the lips over the fangs. Apart from looking more warped than angry, in it the least one scene you can spot the padding. See more »

Quotes

Roland Gray: You got a four-legged time bomb!
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References Forty Guns (1957) See more »

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The dog should have earned Academy Award nomination
4 April 2003 | by Ilya MauterSee all my reviews

Quite an interesting film about a hound trained to attack black people, and a black animal trainee, Keys, played by Paul Winfield, for whom it becomes a very personal matter to do a difficult job of deprogramming a dog. Misunderstood by many as a racist film at the time it came out, now it became sort of cult-classic. The most remarkable thing about this movie is certainly the most amazing performance from the main character - which is the dog itself. Only to see this dog acting is a sufficient reason to see this film. 6/10


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