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Black Dog
Black Dog
Actors: Graham Beckel, Charles S. Dutton, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis, Patrick Swayze
Director: Kevin Hooks
Genres: Special Interests
PG-13     2009

An ex-con daredevil trucker must reinfect himself with white-line fever in order to save his wife and kid from nasty gunrunners in this enjoyably mindless, twisted-metal-fest from the director of Passenger 57. Longtime MI...  more »


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Actors: Graham Beckel, Charles S. Dutton, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis, Patrick Swayze
Director: Kevin Hooks
Genres: Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Pregnancy & Childbirth, Pre & Post-Natal
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/27/2009
Release Year: 2009
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Beyond silly
Kim Paffenroth | New York | 04/02/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I watch (and love) zombie movies, so my ability to suspend disbelief or to enjoy mindless mayhem is extremely high. I don't even mind Mr Swayze in the right film. Red Dawn or Point Break? Watch them anytime. Road House or Next of Kin? Well, maybe not all the way through, but I can always make it to the next commercial break if I'm channel surfing and I see one of them. But this is so absurd, with such endless data dumps where Mr Swayze has to explain to the other characters his own back story or the inner workings of truck brakes (yawn on both counts), and with villains who are beyond comic relief to being just Darwin award winners, that it's impossible to sit through."
W. D. Grady | Columbus, MS United States | 11/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a good action movie. If you have never driven a truck, then some of the details of the film probably will be lost on you. However, anyone who likes action and the trucking lifestyle should enjoy this movie. I give it "two thumbs up.""
"Smokey and the Bandit" Revisited
Jake McKay | sumter, sc | 06/26/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Cool sountrack...nowhere near Jerry Reed's heartfelt "Eastbound and Down" or "Bandit." Most of the songs are covers.This time around the hero is driving the truck while "blocked" by a Chevy Camaro. This time around there actually is a country music star bigger than Jerry Reed as a co-star...Randy Travis.This time around the FBI is the pursuer rather than a lowly and comical "texas county mounty." 'Corruption within the the machine' is quite evident.The original additions that make this movie watchable is the fact that personal/family connections are emulated. It's not just Cletus stopping in a roadside bar making a call....then gettin beat up for his efforts. And there is no developing romance between the hero and a "hitchess" ( I miss Sally Field!).
The phone calls are reminiscent of the Alabama song "ROLL ON"! But with a different struggle for the ones at home.And as for the Black Dog...well, he's the philosophical vehicle in this film.Good flick...see it! All movies are worth seeing whether termed 'good' or 'bad.'"
An Unforgettable Ride of Explosions and High Intellectualism
Jake McKay | 12/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"From the opening scene, it becomes clear that director Kevin Hooks is going to serve up a John Woo style action flick as the backdrop for promoting his views on existentialist thought. Patrick Swayze, a God-fearing truck driver, serves as a modern day Soren Kierkegaard while the rougher Randy Travis counters as an atheistic Jean-Paul Sartre figure. Together, the two must deliver one last shipment to prevent harm to Swayze's wife (a Simone de Beauvoir lookalike) and daughter, all the while battling an angry Meatloaf, the rig-driving equivalent of Edmund Husserl. While trucking cross-country, Swayze continually posits that religious faith is central to an authentic existence through the guise of insisting on delivering the goods "according to plan". Travis (who, incidentally, provides some lovely songs on the score with his `Juan and Diego Band') believes that by accommodating the terrorists' plan, they are checking their own individualism. In other words, they are "condemning themselves to be free" by forcing themselves to make future directed choices. At a critical point, Travis says, "Let's do it, Black Dog," revealing the existentialist common ground that an individual's subjective experience is the focus of what it is to exist as a human being.

Interestingly, the daughter-mother hostage scenes reveal a Nietzche-Hume debate on the habit of causality, but I won't reveal all the best bites. Look for writers Mickelberry and Vining's subtle nod to the unfortunate young death of Albert Camus during the truck-over-the-cliff scene!"