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. White Dog is Samuel Fuller’s throat-grabbing exposé on American racism.
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A movie of mythic quality and clarity which, at the same time, is a blunt examination of society's sickness known as racism. "White Dog" presents what I'd call Real Terror, in that it takes an innocuous event like pet ownership and reveals the level of destruction unhinged hatred can bring to every-day life. The dog becomes a mythic symbol, but it's also part of a narrative that's real and tragic. Exceptional, scary.
The most poignant, emotionally resonating film about racism I've seen (it makes Robert Mulligan's To Kill A Mockingbird seem like a shallow treatise on racism, though that film does have merit as a tale of children growing up). Some people call it fascist - but if it is, it's very reluctantly so. When re-conditioning fails all you can do is defend yourself against assault.
Proficient filmmaker Sam Fuller achieves an startling Hitchcockian thriller about the poisonous sentiment of racism.
A canine is the seemingly peaceful being that encapsulates all the hate, prejudice and animosity of the white race against the minorities.
A heartbreaking parable, told with impeccable and hard-hitting style.
Sam Fuller's last great film - a bold examination of racism and psychological conditioning told in Fuller's trademarked hard-hitting, action-packed style. Some of the performances are over the top, and the script is not without its cheesy moments - but it's undeniably suspenseful and powerful.
Apart from the obvious, there is a certain psychological struggle underneath all that racist plot, concerning attitude towards something that is innocent in one perspective, and utterly evil in another. Ending with the answer mark left blank, and more questions arising, the final impression is that much deeper.