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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hunde sind los See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second animated movie to be based on a Richard Adams novel and directed by Martin Rosen, and the second to feature the voices of Sir John Hurt and Sir Nigel Hawthorne. The first being Waterschapsheuvel (1978). 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

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Soundtracks

Time and Tide
Composed and sung by Alan Price
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Heartwrenching
21 July 2003 | by John-SearleSee all my reviews

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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