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Old 04-20-2009, 01:00 PM
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Movies that have the dog die (possible spoilers?)

In virtually all movies that feature the main protagonist with a dog companion, the dog lives. Even with utter destruction happening all around, the dog manages to reunite with its master. This is something a lot of people love; no one wants the dog to die!

I was just trying to think of movies where the dog actually does die. I find that if the dog (or other animal in general) is the focal point of the movie, there's better chance that its life will tragically end (Old Yeller, Marley and Me, Charlotte's Web - spider, I know, but sad nonetheless).

Then there are movies like I am Legend (this is why I added "possible spoilers" to the thread title). My mom got word that the dog dies and refused to see the movie for this very reason.

I was just thinking, what other movies have the dog die? Also, if you have a favorite scene where you think the dog is in danger, but makes a miraculous escape/emotional rendezvous with its owner, please share that, too!
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:01 PM
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The Jurasic Park (2 or 3?) where the Rex gets to LA. They don't show it eating the dog, but they show the dog's chain hanging out of it's mouth.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:02 PM
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In Homeward Bound, Shadow looks like he's not going to make it, but then he comes in at the last minute. Yay!

Also--the dog dies in Marley and Me?! I thought this was a cute, light comedy...I had no idea. Oh well. Wasn't going to see it anyway.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:08 PM
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The all time champ of tear jerker dead dog movies IMHO is Stone Fox with Buddy Ebsen.

I don't know how to do the spoiler thing so I won't give it away but it's Old Yeller+

Oh, and Tom Hanks, Turner and Hooch also good.

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The Thing by Carpenter. Actually, I suppose in reality the dog is already dead by the time the movie starts. Its body has been taken over but there's still some substantial early bonding.

The dog makes an early miraculous escape. To survive intact while crossing miles of open, frozen wasteland while a helicopter is trying to dust you with a high powered rifle is pretty miraculous.

Then it and all the other dogs for that matter suffer a horrific death and there's no doubt that they're no longer with the living.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:11 PM
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A pit bull dies in No Country for Old Men, although I'm not sure that counts (it was, after all, trying to kill the protagonist).
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:13 PM
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Where the Red Fern Grows.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:13 PM
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Apparently, I'm Hi, Neighbor's mother, because I refused to see the movie for the same reason. Read the Marley book, teared up at the end, won't go see that one either.
And Tom Hanks and Hooch is my favorite tear-jerker dog scene. That Dogue de Bourdais (sp?) is the best worst dog ever. Marley has nothing on him. He CRUSHED people's windpipes!!!

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:14 PM
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Also--the dog dies in Marley and Me?! I thought this was a cute, light comedy...I had no idea. Oh well. Wasn't going to see it anyway.
Yup. A friend of mine had gotten together with relatives, and they planned to go out to a movie. She was going through a rough spot (still trying to cope with the surprise announcement a couple months prior by her husband that he was leaving her, and it was the Christmas season), and this looked like a lighthearted, fluffy film. Oops.

I'm trying to remember if a dog died in Mimic, or if it was just a kid or two. I do remember being surprised at the time that a Movie Kid got killed but don't recall (over a decade later) if a dog was involved too.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:17 PM
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Halloween. The neighbor's dog barks a warning that Michael Myers is lurking - then gets strangled.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:20 PM
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I was just watching The Road Warrior...or was it Mad Max??...can't really tell the two movies apart (or are they the same movie?) and I was really only half-watching it.

Anyway, towards the end of it there's a character that's going to shoot Max with a crossbow...Max's doggie jumps up to I assume protect him and the doggie gets it, albiet off screen, you just see the guy shoot the crossbow and the doggie yelps.

I almost did not watch I Am Legend because of the dog thing myself, and I kinda regretted that I did watch it--I bawled my eyes out at that part.
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A dog dies in Audition. Everything else is so horrible you barely notice it.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:28 PM
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Requisite link.



A.. look at the widdle puppy.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:33 PM
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:37 PM
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:47 PM
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I was just watching The Road Warrior...or was it Mad Max
Anyway, towards the end of it there's a character that's going to shoot Max with a crossbow...Max's doggie jumps up to I assume protect him and the doggie gets it, albiet off screen, you just see the guy shoot the crossbow and the doggie yelps.
That's in 'The Road Warrior'. *sniff* Cute little Australian Cattle Dog.

I just watched Marley and Me last weekend. I couldn't finish the book cause I knew how it ended and my old dog Gizmo wasn't doing great at the time (he's doing ok now). I thought the movie was pretty crappy, though.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:56 PM
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After watching "My Dog Skip," I recommended it to my mother. She asked me, "This isn't one of those movies in which the dog dies, is it?" I had to assure her it isn't. And he doesn't die in the movie, even though there is a scene in which Skip is injured and it looks bad for him. I know this isn't what the thread was asking, but I had to share.

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Old 04-20-2009, 02:00 PM
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The Royal Tannenbaums has a little beagle who gets plowed over by Owen Wilson.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:02 PM
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In Signs, you hear the dog die. And in Boondock Saints, you see the cat die. When I saw that, I cursed out the guy I was watching it with.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:05 PM
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A couple of dogs meet a tragic end in A Fish Called Wanda (as do a tankful of fish) (although one's opinion of 'tragic' may vary in this case ).

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Old 04-20-2009, 02:15 PM
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Does Watchmen count, or do the dogs have to die of natural causes?
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:24 PM
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The dogs that are tracking Rambo in First Blood get it.

Not all 8 of the dogs in Eight Below make it back.

Dogs are subjected to unnatural indignities before dying in Alien3 and The Hulk.

And of course, any movie with dogfighting (Fresh, Amores Perros) will have a dead canine or two.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:26 PM
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I'm sick of these motherfuckin' dogs on this motherfuckin' plane!
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:27 PM
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I'm sick of these motherfuckin' dogs on this motherfuckin' plane!
He did get payback for what he did for that dog, though.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:32 PM
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A dog dies as a key plot point in the new short "Tender as Hellfire"
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:45 PM
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Holy cow! Just realized nobody mentioned Jaws yet. Mars Attacks!, too.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:53 PM
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The animated film The Plague Dogs ends with an assumption that the two canine protagonists die -- drowning while trying to escape the Biritsh military. The novel contains an extra chapter in which the dogs are rescued by a passing boat but the film gives no hint to that.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:54 PM
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After watching "My Dog Skip," I recommended it to my mother. She asked me, "This isn't one of those movies in which the dog dies, is it?" I had to assure her it isn't. And he doesn't die in the movie, even though there is a scene in which Skip is injured and it looks bad for him. I know this isn't what the thread was asking, but I had to share.
Actually, I believe he does die. But of old age--not some horrific accident or rabies. Its after the boy is grown.
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I'm not sure what happened to that puppy in Apocalypse Now, but the outlook wasn't looking rosy.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:44 PM
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Actually, I believe he does die. But of old age--not some horrific accident or rabies. Its after the boy is grown.
I know. But his death isn't depicted in the movie. It's just mentioned by the character that the dog lived to see him off to college and lived to a ripe old age. It's not a dramatic scene important to the plot. It's not a tragic death like Old Yeller's.

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:05 PM
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In The Osterman Weekend, not only does the dog die, its head gets chopped off and then put in the refrigerator.
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I know. But his death isn't depicted in the movie. It's just mentioned by the character that the dog lived to see him off to college and lived to a ripe old age. It's not a dramatic scene important to the plot. It's not a tragic death like Old Yeller's.
Yeah. I mean, we accept that dogs are going to die eventually. Having to kill your own dog that's gone rabid after it saved your life is pretty horrifying, though.

This wasn't a movie, but the book Where the Red Fern Grows is another sad one with not one, but TWO doggie deaths. I cried.
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T2, but it's off screen, IIRC.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:50 PM
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Yeah. I mean, we accept that dogs are going to die eventually. Having to kill your own dog that's gone rabid after it saved your life is pretty horrifying, though.
That's correct. My mom didn't want to watch the movie if it showed the dog dying a tragic death before the movie's end. She wasn't interested in watching a sad movie. I had to spoil it for her. The dog gets hurt and its life is in jeopardy, but survives for many more years and dies a natural death. Of course the death of any animal is sad, but an animal dying in a horrible accident or as a result of a human killing it is ten thousand times more upsetting.
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T2, but it's off screen, IIRC.
The more I think about this, the less sure I am.
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:14 PM
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Well, thank goodness the dog didn't die in the movie they made out of Harlan Ellison's A Boy and His Dog, y'know?
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:24 PM
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I love that movie.

"She may have had bad judgment, but she had really good taste."
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:31 PM
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39 posts and no mention of Snakes on a Plane?

What is wrong with you folks?


ETA: Oops. I see that a tangential reference was made. Never mind. My faith has been restored.

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Old 04-20-2009, 05:44 PM
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The more I think about this, the less sure I am.
In the original release, the dog's death isn't shown or implied. It's only in the extended version that Robert Patrick goes outside to the pen where John's dog Max is barking up a storm and kills him, though it's not especially graphic - Patrick reaches down out of frame, the barking abruptly ends with a yelp and a crunching sound, and Patrick examines a torn-off dog collar.
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:59 PM
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Dances with Wolves

Granted Two-socks wasn't a pet dog or nothing, but I have seen that movie probably 20 times, and I have never actually seen that scene
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The "dog" (he's a genetic manipulation creation that looks like a dog) dies at the end of Man's Best Friend
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In the original release, the dog's death isn't shown or implied. It's only in the extended version that Robert Patrick goes outside to the pen where John's dog Max is barking up a storm and kills him, though it's not especially graphic - Patrick reaches down out of frame, the barking abruptly ends with a yelp and a crunching sound, and Patrick examines a torn-off dog collar.
Thank you, that explains my confusion. I don't feel so addled now.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:58 PM
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...and what's that bad scifi movie from 3-7 years ago that involves young people wandering about a dark tunnel or cave when they discover the dog is dead but being moved about by the monster/alien that infected him? The fur ripples when someone goes to pet him...I think it stared an actor(s?) from a show on the WB/CW.
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In "War the the Roses", it's my contention that the dog was originally eaten, but they chickened out.
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In "War the the Roses", it's my contention that the dog was originally eaten, but they chickened out.
Yeah, I noticed that, too. Although the dog gets a one-second shot establishing that Kathleen Turner didn't kill it, there is no barking or other indication even while Danny Devito and the housekeeper try to break into the house.
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Just thought of one I can't believe we didn't think of yet: Vacation.
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One of the best movies featuring the death of a dog is Fresh.

It really is a pivotal scene in the movie and rather a shocking one. My wife hates the movie for that scene, but I felt it was an important insight into the motivation of the lead character.
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In "War the the Roses", it's my contention that the dog was originally eaten, but they chickened out.
You just reminded me of another one: Urban Legend. It's not eaten, but it is cooked.
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