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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.

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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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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 »


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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

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1.85 : 1
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The mailman scene is featured in the movie Friday (1995). 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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Alternate Versions

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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Cocomotion
Written by Michael Lewis, Laurin Rinder, Merria Ross
Performed by El Coco
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* *1/2 out of 4.
9 September 2002 | by brandonsites1981See all my reviews

Dog that has had genetic experiments conducted on it is saved by a news reporter investigating a sciene lab. However, the dogs genetics have been mixed with several other animals and it kills anything or anyone that gets in the way of him and his new owner. Fun premise with some creative moments goes down the path you would expect, but still is entertaining anyway. The cast is used to little effect as this is a showcase for the dog.

Rated R; Violence and Profanity.


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