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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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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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How did a crime with this many witnesses go so far? 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

Almost at the end of the film you can hear 'Say Goodbye Hollywood' by Eminem, which is a actual reference to the real life Johnny Truelove (Jesse James Hollywood) See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, when Trulove and his girlfriend are "trying" to have sex, the song "Slither" by tech N9ne is playing, and the video is on television. The song appeared on the album "Absolute Power," which was released in 2002. 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 »

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References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Sacrifice
Written by Shawn Murphy, Cornell Saluone, Mark Thomas, Eric Angulo & Gunner Olsen
Performed by Numbs
Courtesy of Position Music
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Cassavetes should have stayed on task.
14 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Maybe I just had to wait too long for this one to finally come out. I have never been a Justin Timberlake fan, but he was one of the best things about this movie. You cannot dislike him in this. He does a good job of showing us the moral dilemma he is twisting in. I always love Emile Hirsch but found this character a little one dimensional. Gone were the moments where you can see everything he thinks and feels on his face as when he portrays Z-boy Jay Adams or as Tim Travis in "Imaginary Heroes." He is supposed to be the heartless bad guy in this and since he is portraying a real person perhaps the flatness of this character is due to an accurate depiction of real life Jesse James Hollywood. What this character lacks in emotion, others, such as "Susan" and "Keith," give us a bit more to watch. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone are believable most of the time, but some moments feel incongruent (Stones final scene for example was over the top and in such a bad way). Likewise Ben Foster's Jake Mazursky is all over the place as a strung out-stressed out loser that starts the whole mess. He has moments of brilliance but otherwise he's just too much. The movie is way too long and tries to focus on every player in this truly tragic story. I would have liked more of Anton Yelchin's Zach and more of the emotional battles of the key characters and far less of the get high and blast out violent rap while insulting our sex partners in front of the whole gang. The story itself is captivating, but the movie tries too hard to do too much and gets in its own way. Yet I don't feel cheated out of the ticket price.


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