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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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Granoldo Frazier ...
Band Member D (as Grenaldo Frazier)
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Charlie Lucas ...
Band Member A
Herman McCloud ...
Band Member B
Chandler McIntyre ...
Buddy's Mother
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Robin Mullins ...
Marge
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Tom Oppenheim ...
Mechanic
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Bartender
Ryan Pelton ...
Elvis
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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.

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Taglines:

Every heart has an awakening. Every soul needs a song. 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 USA:

$13,744, 21 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,092, 7 December 2008
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1.85 : 1
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David Morse and Robin Wright previously co-starred in 'The Crossing Guard (1995)'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Grasshopper: Hey there, you girl and boy! What were you doin' back there?
Lewellen: Nothin'.
Grasshopper: I saw you. You were stealin'. Do you confess to me that you were stealin'?
Lewellen: Yes.
Grasshopper: Mam.
Lewellen: Yes, mam.
Grasshopper: My grandmother and my grandfather said that while I'm here stayin' with them, I am not to play with you. But I've decided I will play with you. My name is Gwendolyn, but you may call me Grasshopper.
LewellenBuddy: [laughing] Grasshopper?
Grasshopper: What can you do?
Buddy: She can do Elvis.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Homage to Harry Partch
Written by Dave Soldier, Richard Lair and The Thai Elephant Orchestra
Courtesy of Mulatta Records
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Amateur rubbish
4 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was very, very disappointed. First up let me say the rape scene was completely irrelevant to the rest of the story - it seemed very much out of place and like it was just inserted to generate controversy. The film had some tolerable aspects - I like parts of the cinematography - but the music seemed badly chosen and there were a few scenes where the editing didn't seem right - it seemed choppy, done in a hurry (maybe to cut out bits which would have been offending, and pretend they were never shot). Dakota is an astounding actress, but this was one of her weakest roles yet, probably because the inexperienced director was unable to guide her performance. (I thought the same about Robin Wright Penn.) The other child actors appeared to have been equally badly guided, and they don't have the experience of Fanning to be able to give good performances. It was horrible watching some of the scenes they had to do. The worst part of the film was the boring, long and pointless storyline. It was degrading. There was no triumph over adversity, definitely no escapism, no big moral issues that seemed to have been dealt with. This is an over-hyped, amateur hack film that should not be seen by audiences anywhere.

(Oh, and the Q&A was terrible. I hadn't known there would be one, yet it seemed suspiciously staged with audience plants - yes it really did seem like that. Also a nasty dig at Abigail Breslin, who seems to have done much better this year than Dakota.)


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