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White Dog

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White Dog

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
90 minutes
performer:
Kristy McNichol, Burl Ives, Paul Winfield
director:
Samuel Fuller
author:
Samuel Fuller, Curtis Hanson
genre:
Horror

We gave it an A

Famously suppressed in America, White Dog, Samuel Fuller’s uncompromising, poignant examination of racism, was deemed too incendiary for a sensitive public and too unmarketable for a studio seeking ”Jaws on Paws.” Centering on an adopted German shepherd trained to attack black people, Fuller’s unjustly withheld film is a gripping, meditative, and ultimately beautiful achievement that, as co-writer Curtis Hanson says in the compelling EXTRAS, studied bigotry as a learned poison — a sickness tough to cure. Restored and presented in its uncut original version, this is an inspired accomplishment by one of our greatest pulp philosophers. A