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Alpha Dog (2006)
USA / English
"Inspired by true events. "
A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.
Harry Dean Stanton Cosmo Gadabeeti
Alec Vigil P.J. Truelove
Alex Solowitz Bobby '911'
Shawn Hatosy Elvis Schmidt
Justin Timberlake Frankie Ballenbacher
Vincent Kartheiser Pick Giaimo
Fernando Vargas Tiko 'TKO' Martinez
Emile Hirsch Johnny Truelove
Matthew Barry Interviewer (as Matt Barry)
Bruce Willis Sonny Truelove
Frank Cassavetes Adrian Jones
Nicole Dubos Neighborhood Girl on Couch
Regina Rice Dance Bitch Girl
Laura Nativo Party Girl
Ben Foster Jake Mazursky
David Thornton Butch Mazursky
Anton Yelchin Zack Mazursky
Sharon Stone Olivia Mazursky
Olivia Wilde Angela Holden
Heather Wahlquist Wanda Haynes
Jesse Erwin Employee
Paul Johansson Peter Johansson
Danny A. Abeckaser Latino Youth #1 (as Danny Abeckaser)
James Molina Latino Youth #2 (as James A. Molina)
Nancy De Mayo Dale Dierker (as Nancy DeMayo)
Alexandra Cassavetes Jonna Kirshner (as Xan Cassavetes)
Chuck Pacheco Chucky Mota
Frank Peluso Gay 'Lumpy' Yeager
Shera Danese Abby
Greg Kean De Rosa (as Greg Williams)
Joshua Alba Klemash
Shirley Kurata Lu
Patrick Nguyen V.C.
Chris Kinkade Juergen Ballenbacher
Dominique Swain Susan Hartunian
Chris Marquette Keith Stratten
Alex Kingston Tiffany Hartunian
Amanda Seyfried Julie Beckley
Charity Shea Sabrina Pope
Bobby Cooper Bob Nolder
Stephanie A. Fowler Delores Stratten (as Stephanie Fowler)
Natasha Elliott Bathroom Party Girl
Amber Heard Alma
Janet Jones Elaine Holden (as Janet Jones Gretzky)
Alan Thicke Douglas Holden
Rick Salomon Salesman
Lukas Haas Buzz Fecske
Adrianna Belan Leigh Fecske
Holt McCallany Detective Tom Finnegan
Mario Ardila Jr. Santa Fe Kid (uncredited)
Matthew Borlenghi John Kirschner (uncredited) (as Matt Borlenghi)
Sadie Dale Dierker's Dog (uncredited)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Producer: Sidney Kimmel,Chuck Pacheco
Writer: Nick Cassavetes
A Great Film.
Having learned about the "Jesse James Hollywood" case during my junior year in high school, I'll admit that I was actually extremely disappointed to find out that a film was being made depicting the events that had happened. However, I can now say, I think differently.

The basic premise, without giving too much away, involves a drug deal gone awry. Someone isn't paying Johnny Truelove, and that someone, just so happens to have a little brother. A naive, fifteen year old, little brother (played powerfully by Anton Yelchin) who just wants to live his life. The boy is kidnapped, and held as a sort of ransom, until Jonny gets his money from boy's brother. Johnny's friends become attached to the boy, and eventually, the boy learns a life lesson.

It may all sound played out and done before, but this film is electrifying in every sense of the word. It's hardcore. It's raw. It's at times gritty. (I felt some vibes from the Larry Clark film "Bully", with the whole "kids-doing-what-they-want-anytime-anywhere thing"). You feel as though you're watching these people's lives just crumble before them, making it all the more worse is the grim reality that's stuck in the back of your mind, reminding you that this is all true. Nick Cassavetes has created such a true-to-life depiction of what happened, that it's almost frightening. You won't want to look away.

There are a few downsides however, one being the running time, either the movie was too dragged out or was just moving too slow. To me, I felt as though it could have ended fifteen minutes earlier. There's also a lot of partying, however, this being a depiction of a real life set of teenagers' lives, I can see why it was so vital towards the film. These kids have parents who do as much as they do. The parents don't care what happens to these kids, which makes it all the more terrifying. These kids are on their own. They have nowhere to run and no one to turn to for help.

With an all-star cast, and top performances all around (not a fan of Justin Timberlake? You will be after this film. Trust me) this film is one not to be missed. The ending is so shocking, that it's a wonder I didn't expect it early on. 'Alpha Dog' is an emotional roller coaster that will have you glued to the screen right from the emotional opening credits.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 6.8
Musician: Aaron Zigman
Running time: 118 min / USA
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [Swedish]
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 13:02:12