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Hounddog (2007)

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

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Granoldo Frazier ...
Band Member D (as Grenaldo Frazier)
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Buddy
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Grammie
Charlie Lucas ...
Band Member A
Herman McCloud ...
Band Member B
Chandler McIntyre ...
Buddy's Mother
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Daddy
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Marge
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Charles
Tom Oppenheim ...
Mechanic
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Bartender
Ryan Pelton ...
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Stranger Lady (as Robin Wright Penn)
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$128,092 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Morse and Robin Wright previously co-starred in 'The Crossing Guard (1995)'. See more »

Goofs

Elvis Presley's appearance singing "Houndog" on the Milton Berle Show took place on June 5, 1956. Several of the vehicles used in the movie were newer than this. The pink Desoto (or Dodge) was probably a 1956, but it's not likely that a rural Alabama woman would be driving a new car. The tow truck used to tow the Desoto was a 1957 at the oldest, and it was quite beat up. The red Pontiac at the Elvis concert was a 1959. See more »

Quotes

Lewellen: What do you want?
Charles: I want you to come in and sing with me.
Lewellen: I don't feel good.
Charles: I know, missie, I know.
Lewellen: I wanna go home.
Charles: Just come in and sing one song with me first.
Lewellen: Leave me alone.
Charles: I ain't goin' to.
Lewellen: I really don't want to!
Charles: What you gonna do with that hole? When what you love is stolen and ripped away from you, there's a hole there. You got to fill all those empty hollow places. You gotta fill 'em when they turn mean. They turn mean and eat you alive.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Stealin' Sugar
Written by Jim Ray Bates
Performed by Ray Batts
Courtesy of Hip-O Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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