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A young security guard works the late shift at the Driftwood Inn along with a desk clerk and a married night maid with whom he is having an affair in whatever room is available. Unexpectedly, his brother and his lover, who used to be the guard's girl friend, show up at the motel. Turns out the two have been robbing convenience store and want the guard to join them to steal the motel safe after the Fourth of July when it will be at its fullest. Past history surfaces as jealousies mar the group's plans. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Surprisingly good modern noir.
28 October 2005 | by (Bismarck, North Dakota USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this at a Bismarck theater when it was making the rounds. Unfortunately, all I have left is fond memories, a poster I bought afterward, and a desire to see the film again. Alas, it is nowhere to be found.

It was over five years ago that I saw this, so my memories are hazy, but previous comparisons to "Blood Simple" are not too far off, although Blood Simple was much less subtle. I actually enjoyed Dead Dogs a bit more because it was understated in its humor. I'd never seen any of the actors before, but they were all excellent, as was the directing, production design, and photography. If you are into true black-and-white noir, I can't recommend this enough. Good luck trying to find it anywhere now though.


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