White Dog

White Dog

DVD - 2008
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A German shepherd is adopted by an actress who learns that the dog has been trained to attack only African Americans. Now it's up to an animal trainer to try to change the dog.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2008.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781604651010
1604651016
Branch Call Number: WHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Janice21383
Sep 30, 2016

When White Dog was released, it was denounced for racism, evidently by people who never saw it. On the contrary, not only is it profoundly ANTI-racist, but it stirs reflection on many connected issues, from white guilt, to justice, to animal rights -- all without showing one bigot on screen. Be prepared for some 1980s cheese, and a poor performance from Kristy McNichol. I mean, almost any working performer could have given more depth to the actress who has come to love a dog almost like a child. But this is more than balanced by Paul Winfield and Burl Ives, as animal trainers taking on one piece of our racist puzzle. EXTRAS: the late screenwriter Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) dishes about writing the script with cigar-puffing auteur Sam Fuller.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 11, 2014

"That's a white dog!"
This might've done better if they'd called it "Snowfall: The Racist Dog that Bites Black People."
The great b-movie director Sam Fuller, whose career is still being assessed as his films come to DVD, worked fast and cheap and went for the throat. He's not to everyone's taste, but he was hugely influential on directors ranging from Scorsese to Wenders to Tarantino. Underneath the pulp-y exterior, was a proud liberal who often addressed racism, sexism, and injustice. Sadly, he was too much of a maverick for Hollywood and many of his films never got the attention or wide release they deserved, yet this may have strengthened the cult around Fuller. His last Hollywood film was (absurdly) accused of racism before it was even released and the studio decided to shelve it. Fuller never made an American film again and went to France to recover from his disappointment. The tireless folks at Criterion gave it a DVD release a few years ago, which is the first opportunity most have had to see it. Yes, the premise may seem a little silly: a young aspiring actress (Kristy McNichol) hits and adopts a dog, only to find that it's been trained to attack black people. She takes it to an animal trainer (Paul Winfield), who tries to "cure" it. As he always did, Fuller embraces the story and turns it into a pungent anti-racist film. Fuller fans will rejoice that this finally saw the light of day, while others can bugger off because as someone said, if you don't like Sam Fuller movies, you probably don't like movies. Look for Fuller and director Paul Bartel in small roles. Music by Ennio Morricone. Also, the dog was played by five different dogs!

Quimeras Apr 04, 2013

“White Dog” is a powerful film that shows the cruelty of teaching hate. I highly recommend this movie.

aaa5756 Jan 30, 2012

C- DVD "This is a really dumb movie!!!!"

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Aug 07, 2010

I was really moved by this film.

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