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Man's Best Friend (1993)

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A genetically engineered dog escapes from the science facility where it was created. A family takes it in unaware of its deadly instincts which soon emerge. The scientist who created the dog tries to find it before its too late.

Director:

John Lafia

Writer:

John Lafia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Sheedy ... Lori Tanner
Lance Henriksen ... Dr. Jarret
Robert Costanzo ... Detective Kovacs
Fredric Lehne ... Perry
John Cassini ... Detective Bendetti
J.D. Daniels J.D. Daniels ... Rudy
William Sanderson ... Ray
Trula M. Marcus Trula M. Marcus ... Annie
Robin Frates Robin Frates ... Judy Sanders
Rick Barker ... Mailman
Bradley Pierce ... Chet
Robert Arentz Robert Arentz ... EMAX Security Guard
Cameron Arnett ... Dog Catcher #1
Adam Carl Adam Carl ... Dog Catcher #2
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Mugger
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Storyline

A genetically mutated dog is stolen from the lab of mad scientist Dr. Jarret by news reporter/animal rights advocate Lori Tanner, who conceals it from the police in her home. The dog, Max, endowed with intelligence and other special abilities, is at first lovable, but also proves to be a ferocious, unstoppable killer. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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His bark isn't half as bad...as his bite! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror and violence involving a household pet | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Max chases Dr. Jarrett and Laurie's car down the street and jumps on it, causing it to crash into the EMAX building, he actually jumped onto the padded roof of a stationary car that was on a slow moving flatbed of a truck. The trainers, off camera, were on the roof of the car with Max and safety precautions were taken so that Max couldn't fall off either side of the car. Max was not on the car when it actually turned over. See more »

Quotes

Lori Tanner: [Reffering to dog food] This stuff is so disgusting.
Annie: Wait till he goes to the bathroom.
[Lori laughs]
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Alternate Versions

The version on USA Network includes scenes cut from the theatrical Version:
  • A scene where Lori and her boyfriend Perry are on couch on the first night with Max outside the patio door, where Lori remarks "look how he become attached to me already."
  • A scene where Lori does her last story on Max, just after Max dies in the scene in the Lab before we cut to three month later, where Lori meets with Rudy to show her the puppies.
  • Scene where Ray has his balls bitten off by Max is cut, jumps right to Emaxx lab scene right as Max goes for Ray.
  • In the TV Version, the scene when Max escapes, when Lori and Anne are in the lab when Dr. Jarret throws down his duffles to the floor as max ignores his commands to "enter" He says "damn it" instead of his real words "God damn it".
  • The scene of the mutilated mugger is removed; all you see are the detectives looking at the dead body.
  • The scene where Lori and Anne are trying to escape from Emaxx after being caught by the guard, when they reach parting elevator doors, revealing Dr. Jarret, "great" is substituted for Anne's original response, "shit".
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Connections

Featured in What Makes Fido Run? (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Puppy Love
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Martin Blasick (as Marty Blasick)
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User Reviews

I want that dog!
13 October 1999 | by Katie-33See all my reviews

I was highly disappointed to see that the dog who plays Max in this film is not credited anywhere on the IMDB page - and he was the best actor in the whole darn movie! The whole half-dog/half-human brain thing (at least I think that's what it was supposed to be) was pulled off incredibly well by this pooch. I mean, he had EXPRESSIONS! When he looked up at Ally Sheedy's boyfriend after he tried to slip him some spiked dog chow - that LOOK! GRRRR!!! It was great! That dog should get an Oscar! ;-)


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man's Best Friend See more »

Filming Locations:

Sierra Madre, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,861,079, 21 November 1993

Gross USA:

$12,974,636

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,974,636
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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