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Man's Best Friend (1993)

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A dog turns from man's best friend into man's worst nightmare as he attacks everything that moves.

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John Lafia

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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 ... 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 ... 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 »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tod kommt auf vier Pfoten See more »

Filming Locations:

Sierra Madre, California, USA

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,974,636
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Dolby SR | DTS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The dog used to portray the DNA-altered dog is a Tibetan Mastiff. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Jarret: When you think of guard dogs, you first think of German Shepherds: they are smart, lethal... but not good enough. Now we developed the new Emax3000. They are totally obsolete.
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TV version also has an extended scene where Lori is taking out the trash and finds the empty box of the poison that Perry tried to poison Max with, while Rudy is making his milk shake. See more »

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Referenced in The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) See more »

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Puppy Love
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Martin Blasick (as Marty Blasick)
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Good "B" movie about a girl who befriends a research dog.
21 November 2004 | by ElvesBrewSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that can entertain you as long as you don't get too critical. The basic premise of the story line is a good one but as with many low budget Sci-Fi films there are flaws in the telling.

The biggest flaw is in the title itself. Being as this dog befriends Ally Sheedy's character and basically snarls at all the men it come across the film probably should have been called "Woman's Best Friend" or better yet "M.A.X.".

Other than the title though the movie is basically a good film and you have to get pretty picky to find any real problems with it. It's not a great movie but it has some good scares, moments of comic relief, and some cool special effects.

I don't know why this film has gotten such a low over-all rating. I know that IMDb ratings tend to average a bit on the low side but still this movie deserves a lot better than a 4.4. I have given the film a 7 and feel this movie is good enough to add to any one's DVD library if found at budget prices.

Definitely worth a rental if you haven't already seen it.

EB


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