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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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1982 (UK) 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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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 US version is heavily cut. UK EMI release was not cut. See more »


Soundtracks

Time and Tide
Composed and sung by Alan Price
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What do you get when you put The Secret of NIMH and Watership Down together...
8 February 1999 | by LynxanSee all my reviews

The Plague Dogs is not your kids film, as a matter of fact, I couldn't see a kid wanting to see this at all. But this isn't a bad thing, this movie isn't even trying to be a kids film to start with, the film holds you and does not let go. This tale of two dogs's adventues to try and stay alive and stay out of the testing center they were in at the beginning and while many wouldn't agree with me, this film ends the only way it could (though you have to read the book to understand it).

Much like Watership Down, the things they had to cut out are minor, but there are times you'll scratch your head wondering why they said that, but I can tell you, if you want to know, READ THE BOOK!!!

This is one of the finest flicks ever made, simple as that

P.S. one of the soldiers is voiced by Patrick Stewart, not brought up on the earlier screens


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