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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: Fuller Vs. Racism

By Armond WhiteNovember 27, 2008

No movie is ahead of its time, just ahead of cultural gatekeepers. Sam Fuller knew this . . . Read more »


Film Essays

White Dog: Sam Fuller Unmuzzled

By J. HobermanNovember 27, 2008

No stranger to controversy, Sam Fuller was investigated by the FBI in late 1950, when The . . . Read more »

Book Notes

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By Michael AtkinsonNovember 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 . . . 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 . . . 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. . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Features

Me and Sam Fuller

By Lisa DombrowskiDecember 29, 2008

It is a good time to belong to the cult of Fuller. Those of us who consider ourselves members . . . Read more »


Video


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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

White Dog: Fuller Vs. Racism

By Armond WhiteNovember 27, 2008

No movie is ahead of its time, just ahead of cultural gatekeepers. Sam Fuller knew this . . . Read more »


Film Essays

White Dog: Sam Fuller Unmuzzled

By J. HobermanNovember 27, 2008

No stranger to controversy, Sam Fuller was investigated by the FBI in late 1950, when The . . . 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 . . . Read more »