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Hounddog (2007)

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A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Granoldo Frazier ...
Band Member D (as Grenaldo Frazier)
Charlie Lucas ...
Band Member A
Herman McCloud ...
Band Member B
Chandler McIntyre ...
Buddy's Mother
Robin Mullins ...
Tom Oppenheim ...
Ryan Pelton ...
Stranger Lady (as Robin Wright Penn)


A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Gotta always somehow make good outta what can poison you. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a disturbing sexual assault of a young girl, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hounddog  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$3,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,744 (USA) (19 September 2008)


$128,092 (USA) (5 December 2008)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Headlines about the rape scene came out on July 21, 2006, the very day that the movie wrapped filming. See more »


In the scene in which Dakota Fanning (Lewellen) is lying in the bed, the character played by Robin Wright Penn asks her to sing her an Elvis song. She sings part of "Can't Help Falling In Love" which was not recorded until 1961 for the movie "Blue Hawaii". See more »


Lewellen: [to a picture of Elvis] I love you, Elvis.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »


There Will Be Peace in the Valley for Me
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Performed by Melonie Daniels
Produced by Meshell Ndegeocello + Charles Haynes
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Pointless, useless hillbilly portrait...
13 July 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A barefoot, backwoods pre-teenage girl in the 1950s Deep South, in love with Elvis Presley's music and with a budding interest in boys, comes-of-age one summer after her father is struck by lightning, leaving her vulnerable to the elements. Dakota Fanning attempts to carry this heavy-handed vehicle all by herself, but it's an impossible task. Writer-director Deborah Kampmeier has no sense of character development, and her timing and details seem askew (at one point, Elvis appears on an old TV set, but obsessed fan Dakota barely seems to take notice). The film garnered a bit of film-festival backlash after news of a rape scene involving Fanning was leaked to the press, but that sequence isn't nearly as disturbing as an earlier one where Grammie Piper Laurie stares strangely at the youngster standing up in the bathtub (is Kampmeier trying to say this girl isn't safe around anybody?). The locations are well-captured, and there are nice supporting performances from Afemo Omilami as a black horse trainer who introduces Fanning to the blues and Robin Wright Penn as the child's promiscuous aunt. Otherwise, these muddled results are entrenched in murky waters. *1/2 from ****

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