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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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Nature created him. Science perfected him. But no one could control him. 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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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: You see, Max is a clone; he's not you typical dog. He's a genetic cross breed.
Detective Kovacs: A mutt.
Doctor Jarret: No, I do not mean a mutt, sir. Look around you. Each animal has a specific desirable trait, which is dedicated to their survival. If You took the D.N.A. from each, and genetically spliced it into a breed of a dog, you would have a magnificent creature.
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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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Featured in Phelous & the Movies: Man's Best Phriend (2012) See more »

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Puppy Love
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Martin Blasick (as Marty Blasick)
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This one's a woofer !
24 March 1999 | by PhroggySee all my reviews

"Beethoven" meets "Cujo" ? Anyway, this is one of the most manipulating movie I've seen in a long time. Since the producers doesn't want to alienate the "Beethoven" audience, of course, the dog kills only "bad guys", which is supposed to make everything alright ! The "cute" scenes and the "horror" scene never really mixed and, anyway, this one left me with the feeling of having been taken for a dope by the whole production. This one has got dog breath, and it stinks to high heaven.


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