The Plague Dogs (1982)

PG-13   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Drama


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


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  • John Hurt and Christopher Benjamin in The Plague Dogs (1982)
  • John Hurt and Christopher Benjamin in The Plague Dogs (1982)
  • John Hurt and Christopher Benjamin in The Plague Dogs (1982)
  • John Hurt and Christopher Benjamin in The Plague Dogs (1982)
  • John Hurt and Christopher Benjamin in The Plague Dogs (1982)
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Director:

Martin Rosen

Writers:

Richard Adams (novel), Martin Rosen

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21 July 2003 | John-Searle
10
| Heartwrenching
I have never been a fan of anthropomorphism in film. Talking animals bug me. Most Disney work is likeable fluff with little substance and loads of Hollywood phoneyness. These aforementioned films are formulaic and frankly rather drab. But the Plague Dogs...the Plague dogs is an exception. The story of two infected dogs who escape from a containment facility is the most heart wrenching story I think I have read, and the film recreates that world perfectly. It is not that there is a bleeding heart liberal inside of me and I would stress that I am not a member of PETA. utr this film hurts. What makes this film hurt so damned much is that there is no option for the characters. You love them immediately for their innocence and nobility. You feel for them because they have no ability even if freed to make anything of their freedom. The dogs are our children. And the world they exist in, is our world, one we have allowed to stand. The Plague Dogs creates a world where the finest of our emotions falls short of saving the day. It creates a world where good things lose and die and bad things remain in control of the world, where friendship can fail, and even the trickster loses...and yet...the beauty of the story is how the best of our emotions, even though they will not neccessarily win the day, can make an ending bearable. Though this ending left me drained and hollow. This movie has the ability to shatter a viewer.

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