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Encyclopedia > The Plague Dogs (film)
The Plague Dogs
Directed by Martin Rosen
Produced by Martin Rosen
Written by Martin Rosen (screenplay)
Richard Adams (novel)
Starring John Hurt
Christopher Benjamin
James Bolam
Nigel Hawthorne
Warren Mitchell
Bernard Hepton
Brian Sterner
Penelope Lee
Geoffrey Mathews
Barbera Leigh-Hunt
John Bennett
John Franklyn-Robbins
Bill Maynard
Malcolm Terris
Judy Geeson
Patrick Stewart
Music by Patrick Gleeson
Distributed by Nepenthe Productions
Release date(s) October 21, 1982 (West Germany)
December 17, 1983 (USA)
Running time 103 min (82 for cut version)
Country UK
Language English
IMDb profile

The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The film was written for screen, directed and produced by Martin Rosen, who also directed Watership Down, the film version of another novel by Adams. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 411 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (580 × 846 pixel, file size: 221 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Poster for The Plague Dogs (film). ... Moishe Rosen Moishe Rosen (born 12 April 1932) is the founder and former President of Jews for Jesus, an evangelical missionary organization working to persuade Jewish people that Yeshua (the Hebrew/Aramaic name preferred for Jesus by the Messianic movement) is the promised Messiah. ... Richard George Adams (born May 9, 1920) is an English novelist who is best known for two novels with animal characters, Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. ... John Vincent Hurt CBE (born January 22, 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated English actor. ... Christopher Benjamin is a British actor, born 27 December 1934 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. ... James Bolam (born June 16, 1938 in Sunderland, England) is a British actor, perhaps most associated with his portrayal of the lovable layabout Terry Collier in the hit BBC sitcoms The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. Much like his fellow Likely Lad Rodney Bewes, Bolam was... Sir Nigel Hawthorne, CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was a renowned English actor. ... Warren Mitchell, (born 14 January 1926, Stoke Newington, London) is a British-born actor with Australian citizenship. ... Bernard Hepton (born October 19, 1925 in Bradford, England) is a British actor. ... For other people named John Bennett, see here. ... John Franklyn-Robbins is a British actor whose career began in 1964 and will be appearing the forthcoming film, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass. ... Walter Frederick George Williams (born 8 October 1928), more commonly known as Bill Maynard is a British actor who played Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the television series, Heartbeat, and earlier Selwyn Froggit in the sitcom Oh No! Its Selwyn Froggit. ... Judy Geeson (born September 10, 1948 in Arundel, Sussex) is an English actress. ... Patrick Stewart OBE (born July 13, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated English film, television and stage actor. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // January 11 - Production begins on the Star Wars film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... The Plague Dogs is the third novel of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down. ... Richard George Adams (born May 9, 1920) is an English novelist who is best known for two novels with animal characters, Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. ... Screenwriting refers to the art and craft of writing screenplays. ... Martin Rosen is a British film director and producer. ... Watership Down is an animated film directed by Martin Rosen and based on the book Watership Down by Richard Adams. ...

The film's story is centered on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, the film highlights the cruelty of performing vivisection and animal research for its own sake (though Martin Rosen said that this was not an anti-vivisection film, but an adventure), an idea that was only recently coming to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s. Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... For other uses of lab, see Lab. ... Etymologically, Vivisection refers to the dissection of, or any cutting or surgery upon, a living organism. ... Filmed by PETA, Covance primate-testing lab, Vienna, Virginia, 2004-5. ...

The theme song, Time and Tide, was composed and sung by Alan Price. Alan Price (born April 19, 1941 in Fairfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear, England) is a musician, songwriter, and actor. ...



Although using hand-drawn animation, the story doesn't shy away from depicting the violence and cruelty the dogs encounter throughout the story. Traditional animation, also referred to as classical animation, cel animation, or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ...

Rowf (a labrador-mix) and Snitter (a smooth fox terrier) are two of many dogs used for experimental purposes at an animal research facility in the Lake District of north-western England. Eager to escape the tortures of life inside the facility, an escape is managed. Initially relieved and eager to experience their new freedom the dogs are soon faced, not only with the realities of life in the wild, but with another more terrifying realization — they are being hunted by their former captors. Labrador (also Coast of Labrador) is a region of Atlantic Canada. ... Common nicknames Foxie, SFT, Smooth Country of origin England Classification and breed standards The Smooth Fox Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50...

Edited versions

There are two versions of the film: An 82 minute version and a 103 minute version. The only country currently offering the full length film on DVD is Australia.[1]

Many missing scenes are completely harmless and were only removed to reduce running time, however, one scene from the full length film was removed because of its shocking content. After a scene of Ackland, the bounty hunter, falling from a crag whilst trying to shoot the dogs it is seen that he is clearly killed by the fall. One dog slowly moves towards the body. In the full length film this scene is followed by a shot in which a helicopter flies over the snow-covered crags and valleys, cutting to a disturbing close-up shot of Ackland's body, ripped to shreds. It is clear that the dogs have eaten the corpse.[2]


  1. ^ 07/06/2005 Archives: "Martin Rosen's Plague Dogs comes to DVD - UNCUT!". 07/06/2005 Archives: "Martin Rosen's Plague Dogs comes to DVD - UNCUT!". Retrieved on 9 November 2006.
  2. ^ The Plague Dogs - The Deleted Material. The Plague Dogs - The Deleted Material. Retrieved on 13 September 2006.

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