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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.


Lewis Teague
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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 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


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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His bite is worse than his bark. Much, much worse... See more »


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


At one point the script for Cujo came to acclaimed horror director John Carpenter, however, Carpenter passed on directing as he didn't find the story particularly appealing. John Carpenter would later direct the Stephen King-based film Christine which came out the same year as Cujo. See more »


The scene where the dog goes through the window when the phone rings you can see a visible hand come up and pull on the dog. See more »


Donna Trenton: [Tad starts hyperventilating] Not now!
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Crazy Credits

The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »

Alternate Versions

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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Decent King Adaptation
3 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cujo (1983)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A normally friendly St. Bernard named Cujo gets rabies and goes on a killing spree. Eventually a mother (Dee Wallace) and her young son (Danny Pintauro) crosses paths with the monster and soon they're trapped in their car unable to go anywhere. CUJO isn't a complete success but there are enough effective moments to make it worth sitting through. I'm not familiar with the Stephen King story so I can't comment on how close this movie follows it but I think there are a few problems here. One problem is that we're given a pretty worthless subplot involving the wife having an affair on her husband (Christopher Stone). I'm not sure if this played a bigger part in the book but here it just basically adds minutes to the running time and in the end it really adds up to nothing. Another problem I have with the film is that it's not nearly as intense as it should have been. In order for a film like this to succeed I think it needs to keep the viewer in constant terror as soon as everything starts to happen. That doesn't happen here, although there is one attack sequence inside the car that is quite chilling. Finally, the biggest problem with the picture is that it's simply way too predictable. With that said, Dee Wallace is extremely good in her role as the mother who is forced to fight this creature to try and save her son. Pintauro is also very good in his role as the child and it's fun seeing Stone, although his role isn't that well written. As I said, there's one attack scene inside the car that is quite thrilling but the rest of them are only mildly entertaining. The final showdown does manage to be quite exciting, although by this point you're ready for anyone to win just as long as the movie comes to an end.

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Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,114,899, 14 August 1983

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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