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Cujo (1983)

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Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

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Lewis Teague
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dee Wallace ... Donna Trenton
Danny Pintauro ... Tad Trenton
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Vic Trenton (as Daniel Hugh-Kelly)
Christopher Stone ... Steve Kemp
Ed Lauter ... Joe Camber
Kaiulani Lee ... Charity Camber
Billy Jayne ... Brett Camber (as Billy Jacoby)
Mills Watson ... Gary Pervier
Sandy Ward ... Bannerman
Jerry Hardin ... Masen
Merritt Olsen Merritt Olsen ... Professor
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Roger Breakstone
Terry Donovan-Smith Terry Donovan-Smith ... Harry
Robert Elross Robert Elross ... Meara
Robert Behling ... Fournier
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Storyline

Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is in turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop... the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick... Written by Miguel Cane <Stepford@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Куджо See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,114,000, 14 August 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,200,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tad has a stuffed St. Bernard in his room, seen clearly in his first bedroom scene. See more »

Goofs

The blood and mud spots from Cujo jumping on the car change from scene to scene, in some cases disappearing completely. See more »

Quotes

Tad Trenton: [in the car] Can he get us in here?
Donna Trenton: No.
Tad Trenton: Can he eat his way in here? Can he?
Donna Trenton: No.
Tad Trenton: Wish he was dead.
Donna Trenton: Me too.
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »

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Most DVD prints are missing a closeup shot of Donna's face as she climaxes during a sex scene with Steve. The scene was intact in video versions. See more »

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One of the better Stephen King adaptations
27 October 2000 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

There have been alot of movies adapted from Stephen King novels or stories. Some have been good ("Carrie", "Cat's Eye", "Misery"), some have been just so-so ("The Shining", "Firestarter"), and some have been bad ("Children of the Corn", "Maximum Overdrive"). 1983's "Cujo" ranks up there as one of the good ones. It's about a sweet St. Bernard dog that turns nasty after a bat bites the big canine. After the dog turns completely evil, he terrorizes everybody in sight. This includes a woman and her young son who drive up to the house (where Cujo lives) to have her car fixed (Cujo's master is an auto mechanic). Not one person is in sight, and when Cujo shows up, the once friendly dog traps the two in their car and then viciously tries to break in. To make matters worse, the car stalls and refuses to start. "Cujo" does have a few laughable situations and there's a little stupidity thrown in at times, but overall this is a very effective horror film that did frighten me many times. Dee Wallace Stone" ("E.T.") and Danny Pintauro (TV's "Who's the Boss?") are very good as the mother and son who's little trip to get the car fixed turns into a nightmare. "Cujo" is a little well-made horror flick worth seeing.

*** (out of four)


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