Hounddog (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  22 January 2007 (USA)
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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
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)

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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: Where's Vernon?
Wooden's Boy: He's gone.
Lewellen: But I heard they weren't movin' till next week.
Wooden's Boy: Naw.
Lewellen: You the Wooden's Boy?
Wooden's Boy: Yeah, how'd you know?
Lewellen: Vernon told me your face was... I mean, I don't know. Vernon told me you me you was takin' over.
Wooden's Boy: Where are the empties?
Lewellen: By the screen door. You know Elvis is comin' to town. I'm gonna sing for him.
Lewellen: [singing] Well, they said you was high class. Well, that was just a lie. You ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine. You ain't nothin' but a hounddog, cryin'...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »


Heartbreak Hotel
Written by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and Elvis Presley
Performed by Dakota Fanning
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Great movie not pointless at all not gross
28 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was really an excellent movie. Anyone who says this movie was pointless or boring I don't have any idea why. This movie was the complete opposite, I think it was the first movie I've seen in a long time that had a point and was not mindless or boring.

I'm a fourteen year old and the movie was great, it was very relatable even though I haven't been through any sexual abuse.

If a movie can relate to me so deeply even though I didn't grow up in that time period, grew up in New York City, and did not go through some of the things she went through then I really think it's an excellent movie.

The content was not disturbing to me at all in a sense most people say. I think most people who say it's disturbing haven't seen the movie because yes, it is very real and true but not gross. I think it's great the director/writer touched on the subject of sexual abuse in such a great way because that subject is not brought up often in our society but it's something that is happening.

I was not sure of seeing this movie-not because of the rape scene because I knew people were making such a big deal of it but because of the other comments about how the movie wasn't going anywhere or was pointless. But I was so surprised that they were so wrong and that for me and from what I could see in the audience it was the complete opposite of pointless.

Bottom line if you haven't seen the movie already and aren't sure if you ant to go and see it, go and see it. I wasn't sure if I should see this movie either but it turned out to be one of the best movies I've seen in a long time with great writing, directing, and acting. Very real but not gross or disturbing and a story that needed to be told.

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