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The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The story is centred 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.

  1. Martin Rosen

    Director, Writer

  2. Richard Adams


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Hurt

    John Hurt

    Snitter (voice)

  2. Christopher Benjamin

    Christopher Benjamin

    Rowf (voice)

  3. James Bolam

    James Bolam

    The Tod (voice)

  4. Nigel Hawthorne

    Nigel Hawthorne

    Dr. Boycott (voice)

  5. Warren Mitchell

    Warren Mitchell

    Tyson / Wag (voice)

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The Plague Dogs
The Plague Dogs



Status Released

Release Information

  • December 17, 1983


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

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