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Black Dog (1998)

Ex-truck driver Jack Crews (Patrick Swayze) has just been released from prison for vehicular manslaughter after losing control and hitting a stranded motorist. His family is in danger of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Jack Crews
Meat Loaf ... Red
Randy Travis ... Earl
Gabriel Casseus ... Sonny
Brian Vincent ... Wes
Graham Beckel ... Cutler
Brenda Strong ... Melanie
Rusty De Wees Rusty De Wees ... Junior
Cyril O'Reilly ... Vince
Erin Broderick Erin Broderick ... Tracy
Charles S. Dutton ... Ford (as Charles Dutton)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... McClaren
Lorraine Toussaint ... Avery
Hester Hargett Hester Hargett ... FBI Tech
Stuart Greer Stuart Greer ... Trooper
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Storyline

Ex-truck driver Jack Crews (Patrick Swayze) has just been released from prison for vehicular manslaughter after losing control and hitting a stranded motorist. His family is in danger of losing their house, so he takes a job from his boss driving a truck up from Atlanta "off the books". Little does he know, the trailer is loaded with illegal artillery, and Red (Meat Loaf) is hell bent on hijacking it. Jack teams up with Earl (Randy Travis) to deliver the load and save his family. Written by Ian O.

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The only way to stay alive is to keep moving. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of action violence, and for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Universal

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alto riesgo See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,809,375, 3 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,829,351, 5 July 1998
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Swayze went thru a real truck driving school to earn his Class A CDL (commercial driver's license). See more »

Goofs

When Sonny and Jack open the back door of the trailer to examine the contents, the black dog barks several times as it comes out, but its mouth isn't moving. See more »

Quotes

McClaren: Mr. Crews, we were wondering if you wouldn't mind driving the truck cab to the impound yard
Tracy: Can we please... Can we... Can we dad
Jack Crews: I don't have a license
McClaren: The way I understand it from Agent Ford
[Ford gives Jack the license]
McClaren: you do
[McClaren hands him the keys]
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Written by Bobby Carmichael and Leslie Satcher
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"I'm just here to drive".
29 November 2014 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

You get plenty bang for your buck in the on-the-road action joint "Black Dog". Ex-con Jack Crews unwillingly agrees to drive a semi-trailer loaded with illegal weapons from Georgia to New Jersey in order to save his family. While it might be a one-idea action fling, it's got enough gusto and energy making it predictably routine, but still rousing Mack truck ride packed with smashing stunt work that's nothing short than spectacular. Total destruction follows. It's dangerous and it shows (look at the chase through the hills), as the imagery is important due to its simplicity. The script is thick with drama, but this never takes away from the thrills or the build of them. Even though the ending was overly cheery for my liking. Patrick Swayze emit's a natural coolness to his laid-back ex-con character that sure knows how to handle a rig. Then chuck in the villains (hit-men, bikers and FBI) who hound Swayze, where you have the larger-than-life Meat Loaf and the usual twists and turns. Distinguishable, but competently done and very exciting as we get the screeching guitar riffs to remind us that.

"That son of a b!tch can drive"


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