The other day I had the opportunity to see a cinematic masterpiece available on Netflix instant watch and decided to partake.
White Dog is a 1982 American drama film directed by Samuel Fuller using a screenplay written by Curtis Hanson loosely based on Romain Gary‘s 1970 novel of the same title. The film depicts the struggle of a dog trainer named Keys (Paul Winfield), who is black, trying to retrain a stray dog found by a young actress (Kristy McNichol), that is a “white dog”—a dog trained to viciously attack any black person. Fuller uses the film as a platform to deliver an anti-racist message as it examines the question of whether racism is a treatable problem or an incurable condition.
If you think you’d enjoy the tale of a misguided young white woman willing to risk it all to save a racist German Shepard, then this is the movie for you. I didn’t watch the entire film, but what I did see was hilarious. If you don’t want to see a movie that has racist dogs, gratuitous use of fake blood on a white dog so that you can see the handprints od the person who applied it, sappy 80s anti-racism messages, and motherfucking BURL IVES, then we can’t be friends anymore.