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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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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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Trivia

Stephen King has stated that he feels Dee Wallace gives the best performance in this film of any film or TV adaptation of his books, including Kathy Bates's Oscar-winning turn in Misery (1990). 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

Vic Trenton: There are no real monsters.
Tad Trenton: Except for the one in my closet.
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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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Referenced in Remington Steele: Illustrated Steele (1985) See more »

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Cujo Rolled Over!
19 August 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

This adaptation of the bestseller by Stephen King about a rabid St. Bernard can best be described as humdrum film-making. It is not a bad film nor a good one, but it certainly is rather pedestrian. Basically a woman and her son are stranded in a pinto(what a fate!) while a ferocious St. Bernard waits for them to come out. The whole first half of this movie(minus the two minute explanation of how Cujo became rabid) is really about nothing related to the dog. The pinto needs repairs. The little boy sees imaginary monsters in his closet. A woman wins a lottery. Dee Wallace has an affair with a local handyman. A guy on TV keeps talking about cereal. I know...it sounds oh so exciting. After 40 minutes of this we get the first murder by the dog(the victim just happens to be the guy that played Perkins, the Jungle Cat, on Sheriff Lobo). Overall the acting was mediocre. How many ways can Dee Wallace distort her face and scream? Now to give credit where credit is due, the dog is indeed impressive. He is enormous and looks very scary when covered in blood, sweat, and drool. And some of the moments in the car are well-crafted scenes of suspense. But as a whole, the film really doesn't offer much more than you would expect from this type of film. For me it offered even less than what I expected.


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