- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 2, 2008
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 - English
- Subtitles - English SDH - Optional
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Entertainment Weekly - 12/12/2008
"[An] uncompromising, poignant examination of racism....A gripping, meditative, and ultimately beautiful achievement..." -- Grade: A
Sam Fuller's blunt parable about racism, WHITE DOG, explores what happens when a young actress (Christy McNichol) adopts a German Shephard that has been trained to attack black people. After a number of terrifying attacks, she hires a black trainer (Paul Winfield) to rehabilitate the animal. Together, their effort to cure the white dog of its vicious upbringing becomes something an ethical experiment: can hatred be unlearned'
A trenchant moral drama that isn't subtle, or easy to forget, WHITE DOG is well aided by Ennio Morricone's fine musical score which deepens its operatic dimensions and adds a layer of psychological unease. Produced in 1982, the film's controversial subject matter caused it to be withheld from theatrical release until 1991. Loosely adapted from the memoir by Romain Gary, Fuller co-wrote the screenplay with a pre-L.A. CONFIDENTIAL Curtis Hanson.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Samuel Fuller's throat-grabbing expose on American racism was misunderstood and withheld from release when it was made in the early eighties; today, the notorious film is lauded for its daring metaphor and gripping pulp filmmaking. Kristy McNichol stars as a young actress who adopts a lost German Shepard, only to discover through a series of horrifying incidents that the dog has been trained to attack black people, and Paul Winfield plays the animal trainer who tries to cure him. A snarling, uncompromising vision, White Dog is a tragic portrait of the evil done by that most corruptible of animals: the human being.
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