Kim Morgan
December 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

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

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