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Cujo (1983)

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Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

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Lewis Teague
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dee Wallace ... Donna Trenton
Danny Pintauro ... Tad Trenton
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Vic Trenton (as Daniel Hugh-Kelly)
Christopher Stone ... Steve Kemp
Ed Lauter ... Joe Camber
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ... Charity Camber
Billy Jayne ... Brett Camber (as Billy Jacoby)
Mills Watson ... Gary Pervier
Sandy Ward ... Bannerman
Jerry Hardin ... Masen
Merritt Olsen Merritt Olsen ... Professor
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Roger Breakstone
Terry Donovan-Smith Terry Donovan-Smith ... Harry
Robert Elross Robert Elross ... Meara
Robert Behling ... Fournier
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Storyline

Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is in turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop... the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick... Written by Miguel Cane <Stepford@yahoo.com>

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Who Let The Dog Out? See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Куджо See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,114,000, 14 August 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,200,000
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Mono | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The St. Bernard that was featured the most in the film died of bloat during production. See more »

Goofs

When Cujo initially attacks the Pinto, the car's passenger window shatters completely, but does not break. The tempered glass in all automotive side and rear windows does not have the thin plastic layer in it that keeps it intact when struck (as windshields have), and this type of glass will shatter into tiny pieces and disintegrate on impact. This is demonstrated when Mrs. Trenton uses the butt of the sheriff's revolver to shatter the Pinto's glass rear hatch, which is made of the same type of glass. See more »

Quotes

Donna Trenton: Please God get me out of here.
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The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original VHS release of the film, as well as the television version, omitted some early scenes in the film establishing the characters. Among the scenes cut are a scene of Vic Trenton and Steve Kemp playing tennis, a scene where Vic picks up Tad from daycare, and a scene where Donna and Steve are in bed and Steve starts playing a trombone while Donna gets up and goes to dress in the next room. This last scene replaces the more subtle scene of Donna and Steve making love that is featured in the VHS release. See more »

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A film that tells you that your demons will come back to haunt you.
16 July 1999 | by baumerSee all my reviews

We all know Cujo is a giant St. Bernard that has to kill because he is rabid. The film works as a horror film because of that concept, but this film and the story writer behind it believe that paybacks are a bitch. Retribution is always around the corner and when it is your time, you don't know if it is going to from a guy in a hockey mask, a massive great white shark,a 58 red and white Plymouth Fury, some idiot with long finger knives or a lovable Saint Bernard. Whatever it is though, sin always accounted for. Cujo subscribes to that theory.

Everyone that dies in this film, with the exception of maybe one, does so because they are not very likable people to begin with. They are all tainted and when Cujo gets a hold of them, we are almost glad that he wants their blood. But it is the climax of the film that is the most intriguing. Because here we have a woman who has gotten rid of her sin. But she now has to face the music not for what she is doing, but for what she has done. And if you read the book, you will see that it sticks to that theory and message much more than the film does. It is understood that Cujo has to have a happy Hollywood ending, and that is fine, but the book tells a much more clear yet paradoxically convoluted tale of a boy, his dog, and how sin is never really forgiven.

What is also great about Cujo is how it shows the dog coming unravelled. We see the transformation from lovable suck of a family dog, to vicious killing machine that has an insatiable need for blood. We see his nose get more wet, we see how certain noises bother him more and we see how much saliva this dog has stored up in his nasty mouth.

Cujo is a good movie. It is scary, especially the last half hour and it actually has a point. It also does a fairly good job of bringing King's vision to life. It is not easy to do that, after all King has a very vivid imagination. But Cujo comes close. Very close


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