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Front cover from the VHS video (Swedish)
Directed by Lewis Teague
Produced by Robert Singer
Daniel H. Blatt[1]
Written by Stephen King (novel)
Lauren Currier
Starring Dee Wallace-Stone
Danny Pintauro
Daniel Hugh Kelly
Ed Lauter
Music by Charles Bernstein
Cinematography Jan de Bont
Editing by Neil Travis
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Republic Pictures (under Paramount Pictures--current distributor)
Artisan Entertainment (2003 DVD)
Lions Gate Entertainment (2007 DVD)
Release date(s) July 15, 1983 (limited);[2] August 12, 1983 (wide)
Running time 91 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Gross revenue $21.2 million

Cujo is a 1983 horror film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It was directed by Lewis Teague from a screenplay by Lauren Currier. The film was #58 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.



Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace-Stone) is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is in turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber (Billy Jayne) is a young boy and a son of a mechanic (Ed Lauter) whose only companion is a St. Bernard named "Cujo." Cujo is bitten by a bat with rabies and his behavior begins to change. When Donna and her young son Tad drive out to the home where Cujo and his owners live, the gentle Cujo has been driven insane by rabies and has killed one of his owners. Worse, their car gives out near the mechanic's house, and Donna and Tad are trapped inside while the massive dog waits outside, attacking repeatedly.

Awards and nominations

Saturn Award
  • Best Horror Film (nominated)
Young Artist Awards

Best young supporting actor in a motion picture (Danny Pintauro) (nominated)


Reviews of the film were mixed, and a more recent collation of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes has earned Cujo a "rotten" rating of 58%. Eleanor Mannikka of the New York Times wrote that:

Cujo is not as menacing or frightening as other film adaptations of King's popular stories and especially can not compare to the 1976 Carrie...His condition deteriorates as he attacks people again and again, until finally, mom Donna Trenton and her son Tad are trapped inside the family car with Cujo lurking nearby, set to kill them any way he can. A showdown is inevitable but is just as predictable as the rest of the film.


Though Warner Bros. originally distributed the film theatrically, and for a time, held original home video rights, the main rights actually originally stood with the producing company, Taft Entertainment (under copyright holder Sunn Classic Pictures). Taft's productions were distributed on TV and home video by its subsidiary, Worldvision. In 1991, Worldvision was sold to Spelling Entertainment Group. Spelling Entertainment folded Worldvision's output into the Republic Pictures library (which at that time was a subsidiary of Spelling).

Finally in 1994, Viacom (parent company of Paramount) bought Republic/Spelling Entertainment. Therefore, Paramount/Viacom (via Republic) now owns the theatrical rights to Cujo while Trifecta Entertainment & Media (which handles the television side of the Republic theatrical holdings) syndicates for television, and Lionsgate (after consuming Artisan Entertainment, which originally distributed the Republic Pictures library on home video due to a deal with Viacom) distributes the movie on home video.

Universal owns home video rights for Cujo in the United Kingdom and other European countries while Paramount owns Region 4 home video rights.


Actor Character
Dee Wallace-Stone Donna Trenton
Danny Pintauro Tad Trenton
Daniel Hugh Kelly Vic Trenton
Christopher Stone Steve Kemp
Ed Lauter Joe Camber
Kaiulani Lee Charity Camber
Billy Jayne Brett Camber

See also


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