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The Plague Dogs (1982)

Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Director:

Martin Rosen

Writers:

Richard Adams (novel), Martin Rosen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Snitter (voice)
Christopher Benjamin ... Rowf (voice)
James Bolam ... The Tod (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Dr. Boycott (voice)
Warren Mitchell ... Tyson / Wag (voice)
Bernard Hepton ... Stephen Powell (voice)
Brian Stirner ... Laboratory Assistant (voice)
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Lynn Driver (voice)
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Farmer (voice) (as Geoffrey Mathews)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Farmer's Wife (voice)
John Bennett ... Don (voice)
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Williamson (voice)
Bill Maynard ... Editor (voice)
Malcolm Terris ... Robert (voice)
Judy Geeson ... Pekingese (voice)
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Storyline

An animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel, about a pair of dogs (Snitter and Rowf) who escape from a research laboratory and try to survive in the wild with the help of a cunning fox (The Tod). The lab director tries to keep the escape quiet, but as an increasing number of sheep are found killed, word leaks out, together with rumors that the dogs might be plague carriers. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Escape to a different World...And share the adventure of a lifetime.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hunde sind los See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Snitter is a Fox Terrier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Powell: I think he's starting to pack it in.
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Alternate Versions

The 2008 UK Optimum DVD contains both prints of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Family Film (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Time and Tide
Composed and sung by Alan Price
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I hugged my puppy
13 April 2005 | by fox_tabathaSee all my reviews

A perfect film. Strong characters, wonderful animation; a rarity. It manages to be real; it actually CAPTURES the totality of its components without catering to any audience.

It's a difficult film to watch. You suffer alongside, vicariously. The hardships portrayed here are viciously painful. You'll hug your pets tight and be glad they wound up as your pets.

This movie is very special - considering the content, it could have easily been pandering and preachy. It manages to go so far beyond anything you've ever experienced. It's quite an achievement on every level.

It won't leave you happy, but it will affect you permanently. It is emotional, but never manipulative. It's a tragic and unrecognized masterpiece.


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