Sam Fuller has not lost any audacity in choice of subject matter: Romain Gary's novel about a stray German shepherd who turns out to have been trained from birth to attack black people. (Paul Winfield is the deprogrammer on whom rests all hope for reconciliation between the races.) In his directorial dotage, however, and outside the old studio system, he has lost something in confidence and control. The attack scenes still have (beg pardon) plenty of bite; the Big Ending is indistinguishable from self-parody. Hectored initially with accusations of racism(!), the movie went virtually unreleased theatrically for a decade, though it was shown in that time on TV. With Kristy McNichol, Jameson Parker, and Burl Ives. (1982) — Duncan Shepherd
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