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A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 5.8/10 (12,771 voted)

Lewis Teague

Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro

Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is a turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop… the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick…

Writers: Stephen King, Don Carlos Dunaway


Dee Wallace

Donna Trenton

Danny Pintauro

Tad Trenton

Daniel Hugh Kelly

Vic Trenton

(as Daniel Hugh-Kelly)

Christopher Stone

Steve Kemp

Ed Lauter

Joe Camber

Kaiulani Lee

Charity Camber

Billy Jayne

Brett Camber

(as Billy Jacoby)

Mills Watson

Gary Pervier

Sandy Ward


Jerry Hardin


Merritt Olsen


Arthur Rosenberg

Roger Breakstone

Terry Donovan-Smith


Robert Elross


Robert Behling


From Stephen King's novel comes a chilling tale of a quiet New England town and a horrible evil in the dead of Summer

Release Date: 12 August 1983

Filming Locations: Glen Ellen, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000


Opening Weekend: $6,114,000
(14 August 1983)
(1239 Screens)

Gross: $21,200,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


After the film Dee Wallace went on record saying she hoped she'd never see another Pinto in her life.


Crew or equipment visible:
When Vic is at the elevator, about to leave the hotel, and Roger is talking to him, one or two crew members are reflected in the picture hanging on the wall next to the elevator.


Nope. Nothing wrong here.

User Review

A film that tells you that your demons will come back to haunt you.

Rating: 7/10

We all know Cujo is a giant St. Bernard that has to kill because he is
rabid. The film works as a horror film because of that concept, but this
film and the story writer behind it believe that paybacks are a bitch.
Retribution is always around the corner and when it is your time, you
know if it is going to from a guy in a hockey mask, a massive great white
shark,a 58 red and white Plymouth Fury, some idiot with long finger knives
or a lovable Saint Bernard. Whatever it is though, sin always accounted
for. Cujo subscribes to that theory.

Everyone that dies in this film, with the exception of maybe one, does so
because they are not very likable people to begin with. They are all
tainted and when Cujo gets a hold of them, we are almost glad that he
their blood. But it is the climax of the film that is the most
Because here we have a woman who has gotten rid of her sin. But she now
to face the music not for what she is doing, but for what she has done.
if you read the book, you will see that it sticks to that theory and
much more than the film does. It is understood that Cujo has to have a
happy Hollywood ending, and that is fine, but the book tells a much more
clear yet paradoxically convoluted tale of a boy, his dog, and how sin is
never really forgiven.

What is also great about Cujo is how it shows the dog coming unravelled.
see the transformation from lovable suck of a family dog, to vicious
machine that has an insatiable need for blood. We see his nose get more
wet, we see how certain noises bother him more and we see how much saliva
this dog has stored up in his nasty mouth.

Cujo is a good movie. It is scary, especially the last half hour and it
actually has a point. It also does a fairly good job of bringing King's
vision to life. It is not easy to do that, after all King has a very
imagination. But Cujo comes close. Very close