The Dog Who Stopped the War

Theatrical Release: October 25, 1985
DVD Release: May 2, 2006
The Dog Who Stopped the War


“The Dog Who Stopped the War” is the story of a war game between two gangs of children in which the victors stand to win a magnificent ice castle. One of the gangs is headed by Luke, who up until now has been the uncontested leader; the other is led by Peter and his inseparable companion, a Saint Bernard. Sophia, a newcomer to the village, soon joins Peter’s gang. This drama of friendship, rivalry and unity is bound to affect both young and old with its freshness and its honesty.

Dove Review

This is one for the kids as some parents will find it to be slow going, although it may remind them of their own childhoods. During Christmas break some local kids break into two groups to fight a war and claim the top prize, a snow fort. A boy and girl discover young love for the first time and when one of the kid’s dog, Cleo, dies in a snow collapse accident at the fort during a simulated war, the kids begin to re-examine fighting a war. It should be noted that the dubbing for the film is not very good and the lip sync is off, which does somewhat impact the emotional elements of the film.

Content Description

Sex: Boy and girl kiss.
Language: G-1
Violence: Kids use wooden swords and various weapons to fight. No one is seriously hurt.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: 4Star Home Video
Writer: Roger Cantin and Danyele Patenaude
Producer: Rock Demers
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter