White Dog
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A powerful saga about racism. Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) hits a handsome white dog with her car one night and then nurses it back to health. One day, the theretofore mild-mannered dog saves her life by viciously attacking and killing a rapist who breaks into her home. Lucy discovers that the dog has been trained to attack black skin. She consults an animal trainer, Carruthers (Burl Ives), who urges her to have the dog exterminated. But a maverick black trainer, Keys (Paul Winfield), who has tried before to break the training of such dogs but never succeeded, steps in. ~ Michael Betzold,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film has a TV-movie cheesiness overruled by Fuller's expert deployment of the camera, brisk pacing and committed performances."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Hate is a dog from hell in White Dog, Samuel Fuller's abused and abandoned late-career masterpiece about homegrown racism."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"As they say in Arkansas: this dog don't hunt."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Sat on the shelf at Paramount for ten years... and was not shown in U.S. cinemas until it received retrospective festival screenings."
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A misunderstood masterpiece - not just a poignant movie about racism, but also a stellar example of how genre film can be effectively used to address a society's ills."
‑ Brian Juergens, CampBlood.org
"A simply told story that says more about racism than many NAACP-approved films."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A powerful, inspired critique of racism, tapping into the relationship between humans and animals in a way that places it within the ranks of cinematic masterpieces..."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
"one film that will never make it into the Animal Planet lineup."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Compelling oddball thriller about a racist dog who only attacks blacks is directed by the always interesting Sam Fuller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There is no excitement to these scenes -- which is as it should be. The filming is sparse, with no clutter."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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