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C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the invention from him.


Don Chaffey


Dick Robbins (screenplay), Duane Poole (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Eure ... Brian Foster
Valerie Bertinelli ... Casey Norton
Conrad Bain ... Ralph Norton
Chuck McCann ... Brooks
Red Buttons ... Bracken
Larry Bishop ... Ken Sharp
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Flower
Jim Backus ... Mr. Gibbs
Robert Q. Lewis ... Merkle
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Head Engineer
William Flatley William Flatley ... 1st Engineer
Dinah Anne Rogers Dinah Anne Rogers ... 2nd Engineer
James Reynolds ... Reporter
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Storage Foreman (as Joe E. Baker)
Phil Adams Phil Adams ... 1st Hood


A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the invention from him.

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When *he* takes a bite out of crime, the bad guys beg... for mercy! See more »


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C.H.O.M.P.S. El super perro See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was the first of a proposed film deal with Hanna-Barbera and American International Pictures. Joseph Barbera approached his friend Samuel Z. Arkoff about producing live-action films, although Barbera's partner William Hanna and other people working at Hanna-Barbera were none too eager to venture into anything outside of animation. Arkoff was enthusiastic about the ideas presented by Barbera, and planned on doing 9 films together, "C.H.O.M.P.S." being the first. However, due to creative differences, and the resulting film's anemic box-office performance, the film deal between Hanna-Barbera and AIP was canceled. See more »


When C.H.O.M.P.S. rips the roof from the car that Ken Sharp is driving, it is clearly not the same car that Sharp was seen getting into just moments before. See more »


Brian Foster: I call it my Canine Home Protection System or C.H.O.M.P's for short
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Alternate Versions

There is a G rated version which omits one instance of profanity. See more »


Referenced in The Room (2003) See more »

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Good fun for kids
28 April 2005 | by cozmiccharly1See all my reviews

C.H.O.M.P.S. isn't the greatest kid-geared film made, but it is a lot of fun to watch. It's especially fun if you're a dog lover. The idea of a robotic home-security dog that follows number-based commands may have been a bit far-fetched in 1979, but it could be an actuality in the near future. Aside from one serious curse word ("s***", which is why it's rated PG) spoken in the mind of a neighboring dog, C.H.O.M.P.S. is harmless, less violent, & more imaginative than most "children" films nowadays. Yes, it is dopey, but what the heck - it's a cute film for kids & doesn't try to be anything else. Simple, innocent entertainment. The dog is cuddly, the acting is mediocre (several then TV stars are in it - Jim Backus, Conrad Bains, the guy from Land of the Lost, Valerie Bertinelli, Red Buttons, etc.), but it's an enjoyable film if your expectations aren't too high. Give it a chance.

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