Monday, October 31, 2016

White Dog (1982)

A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to kill Black people.
Unusual drama with a strong but pessimistic anti-racist message; cheaply made, but effectively so.
Halliwell*: "Oddball thriller that attracted unjustified criticism as a racist work, which prevented it from obtaining a proper release."
Maltin**1/2: "Interesting but downbeat drama, undeserving of the controversy and preposterous charges of racism that kept it from being released." 

Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "After finally finding somebody to direct this controversial project, Paramount chickened out and decided not to release it. White Dog has played to good reviews in Europe..."

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