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White Dog [WS] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [English] [1982]
  • SKU: 9671078
  • Release Date: 12/02/2008
  • Rating: PG
  • 4.0 (1)
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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the uncut version, supervised and approved by Producer Jon Davison
  • New video interviews with Davison, Co-Writer Curtis Hanson, and Director Sam Fuller's widow, Christa Lang-Fuller
  • An interview with dog trainer Karl Lewis Miller
  • Rare photos from the film's production
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by critics J. Hoberman and Armond White, as well as a 1982 piece in which Fuller interviews the canine star of the film


White Dog
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kristy McNichol
    Kristy McNichol - Julie Sawyer
  • Paul Winfield
    Paul Winfield - Keys
  • Burl Ives
    Burl Ives - Carruthers
  • Jameson Parker
    Jameson Parker - Roland Gray
  • Lynne Moody
    Lynne Moody - Molly

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