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Alpha Dog (2006)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  12 January 2007 (USA)
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A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Interviewer (as Matt Barry)
Fernando Vargas ...
Tiko 'TKO' Martinez
Bobby '911'
P.J. Truelove
Cosmo Gadabeeti
Adrian Jones
Nicole Dubos ...
Neighborhood Girl on Couch
Dance Bitch Girl
Party Girl


1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jesse James Hollywood  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,411,750 (USA) (12 January 2007)


£1,955,182 (UK) (18 May 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first of two films starring both Emille Hirsch and Ben Foster. They would later star together in Lone Survivor. See more »


The Grn Apple Tree baseball tee worn by Frankie late in the film was sold in the mid 2000's. See more »


[first lines]
Sonny Truelove: You wanna know what this is all about? You can say it's about drugs or guns or disaffected youth, or whatever you like. But this whole thing is about parenting. It's about taking care of your children. You take care of yours, I take care of mine.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the following caption appears; For Nickey, May Your Slumber Be Blessed ('Nickey' is Nicholas Markowitz...the 'true' name of ill-fated Zack Mazursky played by Anton Yelchin) See more »


References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »


Written by Stacy Landis, Aaron Henderson & R. Swinton
Performed by Skatterman & Snug Brim
Courtesy of Strange Music, Inc.
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13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That last reviewer is nuts. I wasn't even in the mood to see this kind of a film, but I really got into it and enjoyed myself! Yes, there is a lot of cussing, but the movie is rated R, so it's lot as though it came as a surprise. These characters are freaking drug dealing gang members, for crying out loud--what else would one expect? The acting was excellent, with Justin Timberlake surprising me the most. I didn't think I'd be able to take him seriously, but his performance really was the standout of the film. The characters, for the most part, aren't likable, but very realistic and well-played.

The premise, of course, is based on a true story, but in my opinion was very well put-together so that it wasn't dull in any way, shape, or form. To me, it felt like a better-quality, more entertaining version of films like "Bully" and "Havoc".

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes true-crime dramas.

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