White Dog Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 6765

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 21

Theatrical Release Date: 11/12/1982

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/02/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Horror

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Samuel Fuller

Actors: Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Burl Ives, Bob Minor, Samuel Fuller, Jameson Parker

Plot: A young actress hits a dog and soon after adopts him. Despite trying to find the owner, no one comes forward and one night a man attempts to rape her, but her new pet comes to her defense. Yet she soon finds out the dog is not ordinary guard dog but a "white dog" - programmed to attack anyone who is black. She seeks out an expert in canine training, hoping this hateful programming can be wiped out. -- Chris Kavan

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Unknown - wrote on 07/28/2012

The issue of racism is front and center here. The idea of racism being something that is taught at a young age is fully realized through this german shepherd. The human character's need to re-train the dog creates some effective emotional conflict.

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Chris Kavan
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Buried No Longer

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/17/2012

Samuel Fuller is a completely overlooked director and I'm just glad Criterion has provided the opportunity to explore his films. White Dog is story with racial implications: a young actress (Christy McNichol) adopts a dog she accidentally hit only to find out it has been trained to attack anyone who is black. She takes the white German Shepherd to an animal trainer to see if his condition can be "fixed" - Paul Winfield plays the trainer bound and determined to erase the hatred from the animal - even if it means putting his own safety on the line.

The most powerful scene in the entire movie for me was when the owner of the "white dog" shows up to reclaim his pet. He looks just like a kindly old grandpa, even has his grandkids in tow, but soon the facade falls away and the man shows his …

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