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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

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 ... 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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Companion. Protector. Killer. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

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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Trivia

Kevin Yagher built the Max puppets as well as creating the make-up special effects. 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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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Cocomotion
Written by Michael Lewis, Laurin Rinder, Merria Ross
Performed by El Coco
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Not enough Henriksen is the biggest problem ...................
14 March 2011 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

This mutated dog sci-fi/ horror / black comedy requires complete suspension of disbelief, and if you can live with that premise, you will find "Man's Best Friend" entertaining. Although Lance Henriksen receives second billing, his screen time is somewhat disappointing. The sci-fi element is never explored, giving way to "Cudjo"-like maulings and some moments of "dark comedy". There is a little too much cutesy stuff involving the genetically engineered dog, but overall other than the lack of Henriksen, this is a totally acceptable time waster. The dog is really the star, with the actors assuming a secondary role. - MERK


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