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White Dog

Samuel Fuller

 
White Dog (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1982
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #455

Samuel Fuller’s throat-grabbing exposé 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 shepherd, 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.

Credits

DirectorSamuel Fuller
ProducerJon Davison
ScreenplaySamuel Fuller and Curtis Hanson
Based upon the story byRomain Gary
Executive producersEdgar J. Scherick and Nick Vanoff
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Production designBrian Eatwell
EditingBernard Gribble
MusicEnnio Morricone
Dogs trained byAnimal Action: Karl Lewis Miller

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the uncut version, approved by producer Jon Davison
  • New video interviews with producer Davison, co-writer Curtis Hanson, and 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 new essays by critics J. Hoberman and Armond White, plus a rare 1982 interview in which Fuller interviews the canine star of the film

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

White Dog: Sam Fuller Unmuzzled

By J. Hoberman November 27, 2008

No stranger to controversy, Sam Fuller was investigated by the FBI in late 1950, when The Steel Helmet—a priori sensational as the first Korean War film—was attacked as unpatriotic by the Hearst . . . Read more »


Film Essays

White Dog: Fuller Vs. Racism

By Armond White November 27, 2008

No movie is ahead of its time, just ahead of cultural gatekeepers. Sam Fuller knew this better than any other filmmaker after his 1982 White Dog waited almost ten years to get a theatrical . . . Read more »

Book Notes

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Juice, with Lots of Pulp: Samuel Fuller’s Brainquake

By Michael Atkinson November 05, 2014

A review of the American auteur’s posthumously published novel Read more »


Photo Galleries


Interviews

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The White Dog Speaks—to Sam Fuller

July 06, 2012

Samuel Fuller wrote this extraordinary “interview” piece shortly after White Dog was completed. It appeared in issue 19 of the journal Framework in 1982, with this introduction: “The director of . . . Read more »


Clippings

Singing Morricone’s Praises

October 23, 2009

The eighty-one-year-old Ennio Morricone has been composing hypnotic music for film since the early 1960s, for projects ranging from spaghetti westerns (his whistling, woodwindy five-note theme . . . Read more »


Clippings

SAM FULLER, “THE COMPLETE AUTEUR”

April 19, 2009

“Why Sam Fuller?” a new essay by Tag Gallagher, in the latest issue of Senses of Cinema, asks. Aficionados might wonder, why even ask? But perhaps they forget that the two-fisted termite art of . . . Read more »


News

Critics Honor White Dog Release

January 05, 2009

The National Society of Film Critics announced its 2008 awards this week, and Criterion won a special honor for the DVD release of White Dog. The esteemed organization, founded in 1966 and made . . . Read more »


Book Notes

Me and Sam Fuller

By Lisa Dombrowski December 29, 2008

It is a good time to belong to the cult of Fuller. Those of us who consider ourselves members never forget our moment of induction. Some enlisted when his films first hit the screen—lucky enough . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: White Dog Has Its Day

December 01, 2008

“In its blunt, bludgeoning way, White Dog ranks among the toughest and most probing examinations of racism in American cinema,” writes Dennis Lim in the Los Angeles Times this week, on the . . . Read more »


Video


Film Essays

White Dog: Sam Fuller Unmuzzled

By J. Hoberman November 27, 2008

No stranger to controversy, Sam Fuller was investigated by the FBI in late 1950, when The Steel Helmet—a priori sensational as the first Korean War film—was attacked as unpatriotic by the Hearst . . . Read more »


Film Essays

White Dog: Fuller Vs. Racism

By Armond White November 27, 2008

No movie is ahead of its time, just ahead of cultural gatekeepers. Sam Fuller knew this better than any other filmmaker after his 1982 White Dog waited almost ten years to get a theatrical . . . Read more »


Press Notes

New York Times Holiday DVD Picks

October 30, 2008

This week, the New York Times compiled its special annual holiday movie preview, and judging by Charles Taylor and Stephanie Zacharek’s enthusiasm for a slew of upcoming DVD releases for . . . Read more »