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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 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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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Mono | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The feature film debut for star Daniel Hugh Kelly. See more »

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When Donna and Tad are in the car, Tad begs his mom to try turning on the car again. You can see Tad cross his fingers before Donna asks him to. See more »

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[Donna & Tad have just arrived at Joe Camber's home, but no one is around]
Donna Trenton: Well, looks like we've arrived, Tadder.
Tad Trenton: Yeah, but is anyone home?
[Donna gets out of the car]
Donna Trenton: Hello?
Tad Trenton: I can't get my seatbelt off!
[Donna gets back into the car & starts helping Tad trying to get the belt loose, which she finally does]
Tad Trenton: I wish Dad would get a new car.
Donna Trenton: So do I.
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Alternate Versions

The original VHS release of the film, as well as the television version, omitted some early scenes in the film establishing the characters. Among the scenes cut are a scene of Vic Trenton and Steve Kemp playing tennis, a scene where Vic picks up Tad from daycare, and a scene where Donna and Steve are in bed and Steve starts playing a trombone while Donna gets up and goes to dress in the next room. This last scene replaces the more subtle scene of Donna and Steve making love that is featured in the VHS release. See more »

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Pretty good Stephen King adaption
5 August 2016 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

1983 was a bit of a bumper year for cinematic versions of Stephen King novels. In that year alone we had Christine and The Dead Zone as well as Cujo. It would probably not be unfair to say that Cujo is the least good of the three but in all honesty there isn't a great deal in it, with all being pretty effective and nicely varied horror films. Out of those three, and unlike most King horror films in general, Cujo is not a supernatural horror movie and is based on a plausible idea. A woman and her young son become trapped in their broken down car in a remote junkyard when a St. Bernard dog, made rabid by a bite from an infected bat, lays siege to their vehicle in a murderous mood.

This one could be described as a high concept movie given the very basic nature of its set-up. In order to pad things out to feature length and to add some depth, we have quite a bit of character development in the first half of the movie, which focuses mainly on a dysfunctional family and the dramas that surround them. Once the action moves to the junkyard though, most of this is largely forgotten and the film essentially becomes an 'animal-attack' horror-thriller. Dee Wallace does some good work as the mother who has to deal with the trauma while having to comfort her young son, who it has to be said is involved in some pretty intense looking scenes which may have been quite full on for the young actor involved. But the scary scenes were often achieved by very clever editing, after all a St. Bernard is hardly the most threatening of beasts to base a horror movie on. The fast and clever edits do make this creature seem genuinely menacing. Less successful though was the soundtrack which compromised of a considerable amount of really terrible music which would have been better suited to a daytime TV melodrama than a suspenseful and thrilling feature film. But on the whole, this is a pretty decent and lean effort that gets the job done quite effectively.


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