White dog 1982

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A young actress takes in a white dog, unaware that it's been trained to attack black people on sight.

Starring:
Kristy Mcnichol,Christa Lang
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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White dog

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Samuel Fuller
Starring Kristy Mcnichol, Christa Lang
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Batchelor on 12 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
this is a powerful film that handles the subject a racism far better than most. It is heartbreaking to watch this innocent dog
that has been abused and brainwashed to hate black people. The fact that curing this dog of racism would be the
biggest weapon against those that train these dogs really gets you thinking.I really don't know how anyone can brand
this film as racist as the films sole purpose is to remove that hate from the dog.
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Format: Blu-ray
Emotional and controversial, White Dog is not a Cujo style horror. Nor is it as racially controversial as its history would make it seem, as far more hard-hitting films about race have made their point more succinctly than this. However, it is well directed and gripping.
When an aspiring actress hits a runaway dog with her car, she adopts it to save it from being put down at the dog pound, and it proves to be a loving and life-saving pet. Unfortunately, it quickly dawns on her that something is wrong, and after a few savage displays of aggression it becomes clear she's adopted an attack dog that was trained by racists to attack black people.
Unwilling to lose hope, she entreats a black animal trainer who usually works for movie productions to try to recondition the dog out of his dangerous training. Much of the movie is set around the tension and anticipation of whether the animal can be saved and made to represent less of a danger to society.
The acting can occasionally be a tiny bit less convincing than these days (but by no means bad), and some of the scenes aren't filmed with the slick camerawork and tension you'd expect these days, but it's a raw and emotional thriller with some standout sequences and a real punch to the gut. More drama/thriller and with some frightening and well handled messages about the widespread mayhem caused by breeding hate, this is a film worth watching.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Atli Hafsteinsson on 7 July 2011
Format: DVD
White Dog is not an easy film to sit through and it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way for a simple reason; it hits close to home. Racism did exist back then just like it does now and the film strips the idea of racism down to its simplest, by showing it for what it is; fear. And what clearer way to demonstrate this but centering the film around a dog who was raised to fear and attack black people on sight.

Kristy McNicol has a natural, easy-going screen presence and delivers a solid performance as an actress whose adopted stray turns out to attack people. She is appalled when her loving, good-natured German Shepherd disappears and comes back stained with blood. When she takes him to a trainer to be rehabilitated, she learns that he doesn't attack just anyone, only black people. Since pupphyhood, the dog was habitually beaten and taught to associate black people with being attacked, until he attacks any black person on sight, before they get him. This is racism stripped to its barest; fear, taught to us, handed down by those we learn from. But can a simple creature like this dog be taught to overcome his fear? That's the task that the trainer, played by Paul Winfield, is set with. If he can cure this dog of his racism, then why can't people?

White Dog was controversial on its release, in fact some people insisted on branding it as a racist movie. There is nothing racist about it, except that it exposes the tumour in our society that is racism and what it essentially is. Things like this really have happened, racists trained their dogs to perform these terrible acts. White Dog is clever because the subject of racism isn't beaten over the viewer's head. The dog is the perfect demonstration of this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zen Kiddo on 13 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Enough has probably been said about the movie in other reviews, I juts wanted to take an opportunity to make a comment on the blu-ray transfer... which in my opinion looked great. It's well worth an extra couple of quid to buiy the blu-ray version as I see someone else has posted a review that mentions the DVD quality isn't great. The book which comes as part of the blu-ray is also really good and even features an interview with the dog!!

Why the movie was banned at the time, I couldn't comment.. seems to have been a bit of sensationlism I think. When I have recommended the movie to people most have 'guffawed' the storyline and made out like I endorsed racism just by buying it! However upon watching it, pretty much everyone has agreed that it is a really powerful movie and - for lack of more appropriate term - have 'enjoyed' it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By chiron on 18 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film has to be the MOST UNDERRATED film of alll time. It is absolutely brilliant and if people were,nt so blinkered in their out look of ths subject matter then maybe it might get the appreciation it so wholly deserves. Paul Winfield is the guy in the film who try,s to get the seed of evil out of the dogs brain, [ he is a black guy trying to teach a dog taught to attack black people , to be normal again] Just watch it and see how good and also how sensitively it handles the subject.
10 OUT OF 10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 6 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This and Shock Corridor, I can happily say I'm a fan of this Samuel Fuller fella. A White Dog is a dog that has been trained to attack Black people and trainer, Keys (Paul Winfield) wants to cure a beautiful white German Shepard of its sickness. It’s instantly apparent why this is one of the most controversial American films of the 1980's as it goes for the jugular of racism, an issue that has rarely been attacked in cinema so aggressively.

An intense film at the best of times, White Dog is at its most unbearable in the sequences where Keys is training the dog with a full body protective suit and the longer he spends with the dog the more of the suit he takes off. There’s a visceral quality to the film that depicts this sick dog as a monster, a menace that wouldn't seem out of place in a slasher film. A theory that is validated by the camera work. In the scenes before the dog reveals its blood thirst the camera tracks behind him like John Carpenter did with Michael Myers in Halloween. Quietly observing this white dog stalk pray only to appear later with his fur covered in blood. Fuller knows what to show and what not to show. And when he does show the dog attacks, he does so to reveal just how deep the dog’s hate goes.

He who elevates White Dog from a timely rally against racism to a film that connects beyond that surface discomfort is Paul Winfield. His performance as the animal trainer Keys is psychical and impassioned, there’s a fierce determination in his eyes that makes you believe in him even when the dog kills. Many would have the dog put down, it’s a great testament to his (and to a lesser extent Kristy McNichol (Julie)) presence that you believe in his ability to achieve the impossible.

White Dog is incredibly intense film-making from Samuel Fuller and one of the great overlooked American films. And its not dated a day either, just as challenging a film then as it is now.
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