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White Dog (Criterion Collection) (1982)

Cast: Kristy McNichol, Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, more...
Director: Samuel Fuller, Samuel Fuller
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Cult, Drama, Horror, Suspense/Thriller, Politics and Social Issues, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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A little-seen film, suppressed by Paramount studio executives and never released theatrically in the U.S., this drama is a powerful saga about racism. Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) hits a handsome white dog with her car one night and then nurses it back to health. One day, the theretofore mild-mannered dog saves her life by viciously attacking and killing a rapist who breaks into her home. Lucy discovers that the dog has been trained to attack black skin. She consults an animal trainer, Carruthers (Burl Ives), who urges her to have the dog exterminated. But a maverick black trainer, Keys (Paul Winfield), who has tried before to break the training of such dogs but never succeeded, steps in. Director Sam Fuller had made other controversial films, but this one frightened studio executives, who deep-sixed it. It was hailed by critics when it was released in Europe. ~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Made the studio execs uncomfortable. by 1angryscot November 3, 2009 - 6:24 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The GreenCine viewer's assertion that the film was nixed by Paramount not for its content but for its (alleged) awfulness is absurd. One may well feel White Dog is a bad film, but Paramount panicked because of its racially charged story. That it an incontrovertible fact.

Wins Award for Worst Acting & Animal Makeup by JThompson4 February 13, 2009 - 6:11 AM PST
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film was not deep-sixed by Paramount for dicey content, but for it's simplistic metaphors, abominable acting, and embarrassing stage makeup for the canine actor (he looked to be wearing my four year old nephew's vampire teeth, and uncomfortably at that.) Probably would have killed Kristy's performance career had it been released.

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(Average 6.76)
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