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Alpha Dog (2006)

Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

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Tiko 'TKO' Martinez
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Pick Giaimo
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Bobby '911'
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P.J. Truelove
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Adrian Jones
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Neighborhood Girl on Couch
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Storyline

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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One crime. 3 days. 38 witnesses. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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

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12 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,411,750, 14 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,229,325, 18 February 2007
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Trivia

Frankie (Justin Timberlake) mentions he has an anxiety problem. He plays another character in Black Snake Moan (2006) named "Ronnie" with an anxiety problem. See more »

Goofs

Characters play the game F.E.A.R., which was released in 2005. See more »

Quotes

[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 Nicky, May Your Slumber Be Blessed'. 'Nicky' is Nicholas Markowitz, the 'true' name of ill-fated Zack Mazursky played by Anton Yelchin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The 24th Annual NERF Product Expo (2012) See more »

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Pool Party
Written by Aaron Zigman & Mateo Laboriel
Performed by Mic Holden
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Good...disturbing.
13 January 2007 | by 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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