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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bruce Willis ... Sonny Truelove

Matthew Barry ... Interviewer (as Matt Barry)

Emile Hirsch ... Johnny Truelove
Fernando Vargas ... Tiko 'TKO' Martinez

Vincent Kartheiser ... Pick Giaimo

Justin Timberlake ... Frankie Ballenbacher

Shawn Hatosy ... Elvis Schmidt

Alex Solowitz ... Bobby '911'

Alec Vigil ... P.J. Truelove

Harry Dean Stanton ... Cosmo Gadabeeti

Frank Cassavetes ... Adrian Jones
Nicole Dubos ... Neighborhood Girl on Couch

Regina Rice ... Dance Bitch Girl

Laura Nativo ... Party Girl

Ben Foster ... Jake Mazursky

David Thornton ... Butch Mazursky

Anton Yelchin ... Zack Mazursky

Sharon Stone ... Olivia Mazursky

Olivia Wilde ... Angela Holden

Heather Wahlquist ... Wanda Haynes

Jesse Erwin ... Employee

Paul Johansson ... Peter Johansson

Danny A. Abeckaser ... Latino Youth #1 (as Danny Abeckaser)

James Molina ... Latino Youth #2 (as James A. Molina)

Nancy De Mayo ... Dale Dierker (as Nancy DeMayo)

Xan Cassavetes ... Jonna Kirshner
Chuck Pacheco ... Chucky Mota
Frank Peluso ... Gay 'Lumpy' Yeager

Shera Danese ... Abby
Greg Williams ... De Rosa

Joshua Alba ... Klemash
Shirley Kurata ... Lu
Patrick Nguyen ... V.C.

Chris Kinkade ... Juergen Ballenbacher

Dominique Swain ... Susan Hartunian

Chris Marquette ... Keith Stratten (as Christopher Marquette)

Alex Kingston ... Tiffany Hartunian

Amanda Seyfried ... Julie Beckley

Charity Shea ... Sabrina Pope

Bobby Cooper ... Bob Nolder

Stephanie A. Fowler ... Delores Stratten (as Stephanie Fowler)
Natasha Elliott ... Bathroom Party Girl

Amber Heard ... Alma

Janet Jones ... Elaine Holden (as Janet Jones Gretzky)

Alan Thicke ... Douglas Holden

Rick Salomon ... Salesman

Lukas Haas ... Buzz Fecske
Adrianna Belan ... Leigh Fecske

Holt McCallany ... Detective Tom Finnegan

Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst ... Bartender (as Heather-Elizabeth Parkhurst)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mario Ardila Jr. ... Santa Fe Kid (uncredited)

Matthew Borlenghi ... John Kirschner (uncredited)

Curt Clendenin ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Angela Meryl ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Berna Roberts ... Bar Girl (uncredited)

Emilio Roso ... Undercover Cop (uncredited)

Sadie ... Dale Dierker's Dog (uncredited)

Kristen Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Cassavetes 
Writing credits
Nick Cassavetes (written by)

Produced by
Matthew Barry .... co-producer
Robert Geringer .... executive producer
Marina Grasic .... executive producer
Nancy Green-Keyes .... co-producer
Andreas Grosch .... executive producer
Brad Jensen .... associate producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... executive producer (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Sidney Kimmel .... producer
Jan Korbelin .... executive producer
Todd Lewis .... line producer: additional photography
Steve Markoff .... executive producer
Michael Mehas .... associate producer
Chuck Pacheco .... producer
Frank Peluso .... associate producer
Andreas Schmid .... executive producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Matthew Barry 
Nancy Green-Keyes 
Production Design by
Dominic Watkins 
Art Direction by
Alan Petherick 
Set Decoration by
Fainche MacCarthy 
Costume Design by
Sara Jane Slotnick  (as Sarah Jane Slotnick)
Makeup Department
Gracie Atherton .... makeup artist: Ms. Stone
David A. Brooke .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as David Brooke)
Linda De Andrea .... hair stylist: Ms. Stone
Yuri Everson .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Stephanie A. Fowler .... key makeup artist
Steve Frakes .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Robert Freitas .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Rob Freitas)
Rebecca George .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Alec Gillis .... special makeup effects artist
Zoe Hay .... makeup artist: additional photography
Bill Jacob .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Matthew Killen .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Steve Koch .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... makeup department head (as Eryn Krueger)
Mike Larrabee .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Mike Manzel .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Brandon Messersmith .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Steven Munson .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Steve Munson)
Bunny Parker .... department head hair
Gerald Quist .... makeup artist: Mr. Willis (as Gerry Quist)
Justin Raleigh .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Shannon Soucie .... key hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Ms. Stone
Garth Winkless .... makeup effects crew: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Kerstin Dyroff .... production manager: VIP
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... unit production manager (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Todd Lewis .... production supervisor
John Michaels .... production supervisor: VIP
Zara Park .... post-production supervisor: Modern VideoFilm Inc. (as Zara Roberts)
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
Howard Young .... production supervisor: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julia Patricia Butler .... dga trainee: additional photography
Xan Cassavetes .... second unit director
Vernon Davidson .... second assistant director (as Vernon A. Davidson)
Christophe Le Chanu .... second assistant director: day Player
Jay Ostrowski .... second second assistant director
David Ticotin .... first assistant director (as David A. Ticotin)
David Ticotin .... first assistant director: second unit (as David A. Ticotin)
Kea Watson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Laine Abramson .... set decorating buyer: additional photography
Abu Bekka .... sculptor
Mark Boucher .... stand-by painter
Otto Broberg .... assistant property master (as William 'Otto' Broberg)
Otto Broberg .... assistant property master
John Brunot .... on-set dresser: additional photography
Richard Brunton .... lead man: additional photography
Satcha Congdon .... foreman: additional photography
Dale DeStefani .... construction coordinator (as Dale DeStephani)
Gerald Gates Jr. .... paint foreman: additional photography (as Gerald Cates)
M. Marcos Gonzalez .... gang boss
Omar Guerrero .... labor foreman: additional photography
Scotty Guyson .... assistant props: additional photography (as Scoyy Guyson)
Jill Haber .... painter: additional photography
David Harris .... greensman (as Paul 'David' Harris)
Amy Heinz-Barnett .... set designer (as Amy Heinz)
Eric Hill .... set dresser: additional photography
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master (as Jonathan Hodges)
Stephen Kelley Jr. .... set dresser
Trevor Larkin .... assistant props: additional photography
Alejandro Luna .... set dresser
Tom Meyer .... production designer: additional photography
Michelle Millay .... sculptor
David M. Milstien .... set dresser: additional photography
Douglas A. Mowat .... set decorator: additional photography (as Doug Mowat)
Christopher Neely .... set dresser: additional photography
Fred O'Connor .... gang boss: additional photography
Catherine Pryor .... set dresser
Buddy Ray Reynolds .... assistant props (as Buddy Ray Reynolds-Maichel)
Jill Rolie-December .... set decoration buyer (as Jill Michaela Rolie)
Karina Romeo .... property master
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser: additional photography (as Kelton Schultz)
Bruce S. Seymour .... on-set dresser (as Bruce Seymour)
Jeff Shewbert .... propmaker gangboss
Mark Summitt .... propmaker foreman (as Mark Woody Summitt)
William Swartz .... set dresser: additional photography
Samuel J. Tell .... set dresser: additional photography (as Sammy Tell)
Joshua Towers .... set dresser (as Josh Towers)
Phil Tubach .... lead man
Rick Valencia .... painter
Mark Wagner .... set dresser
Tom Watson .... lead painter
Douglas Womack .... construction coordinator: additional photography (as Doug Womack)
Jonah Markowitz .... art director: reshoots (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... dubbing recordist
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Robert Batha .... sound effects editor
Kelly Cabral .... adr editor
Kelly Cabral .... dialogue editor
Kelly Cabral .... sound designer
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
David Holmes .... cableperson
Mark Jennings .... boom operator
Jeff Malham .... re-recording engineer
Aynee Osborn .... assistant sound editor (as Aynee Osborn Joujon-Roche)
Laura Rush .... cableperson
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Unsun Song .... dubbing recordist
Christopher Sposa .... boom operator (as Chris Sposa)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Lauren Stephens .... adr editor (as Lauren J. Stephens)
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor (as Lauren J. Stephens)
Lauren Stephens .... sound effects editor (as Lauren J. Stephens)
Carolyn Tapp .... adr recordist
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Ed White .... sound mixer
Craig Woods .... sound mixer
Julie Altus .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Konarzewski .... adr mixer: Vancouver (uncredited)
Daryl Lathrop .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Cooley .... special effects: additional photography
Timothy B. Graham .... special effects
Tom Seymour .... special effects key (as Thomas Seymour)
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Roger Ames Berger .... digital intermediate iq artist: Modern VideoFilm Inc.
Michael Caplan .... visual effects producer: Engine Room
Eric Heavens .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
Andrew Honacker .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
Michael Kirylo .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
Robyn Marie Kralik .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
Mike Larrabee .... paint supervisor
Dave Piedra .... digital effects artist: Engine Room (as david O. Piedra)
Jared Sandrew .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
John Scheer .... digital intermediate iq artist: Modern VideoFilm Inc.
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor: Engine Room
Dan Schmit .... visual effects
Gregory S. Scribner .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
Cyrena Vladish-Addison .... visual effects coordinator: Engine Room (as Cyrena Addison)
Ulf Wallin .... visual effects still photographer: Engine Room
Dan Williams .... digital intermediate iq assistant: Modern VideoFilm Inc.
Stephen Wilson .... digital effects artist: Engine Room
Justin Denton .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Patrick Paul Mullane .... digital compositor: Engine Room (uncredited)
Rob Reinhart .... digital artist (uncredited)
Chuck Toussieng .... visual effects (uncredited)
Robert Alonzo .... stunts
Clayton J. Barber .... stunt double: 'Jake' (as Clayton Barber)
Andy Dylan .... stunts (as Andrew Sheehy)
Greg Fitzpatrick .... stunts
Cody Gill .... stunt double: 'Zach'
Daniel Hernandez .... stunts (as Danny Hernandez)
Ralf Koch .... stunts
Angela Meryl .... stunts
Huan Quang Nguyen .... stunts
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunts
J.J. Perry .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunt coordinator
Nathan Siebring .... stunt double
Kofi Yiadom .... stunts
Chris Daniels .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ralf Koch .... stunt double: Emile Hirsch (uncredited)
Tom McComas .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Matthew Rugetti .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jon Valera .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Barbor .... electrician
Joseph E. Bates .... grip: additional photography (as Joseph Bates)
Bobby Brown .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, additional photography
Kevin Chickanis .... grip: second unit
Robert Chinello .... second company grip: additional photography (as B.C. Chinello)
Jeffrey N. Civa .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Jeff Civa)
Steve Colgrove .... electrician
Tim Collins .... dolly grip
Tim Collins .... dolly grip: additional photography
Nicholas Davidoff .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Suzanne Dietz .... camera loader
Gordon Tadd Eto .... electrician: additional photography (as Tad Eto)
Mark Fellman .... still photographer: additional photography
Craig Garfield .... grip
Craig Garfield .... grip: additional photography
Michael E. Gips .... electrician: additional photography (as Michael Gips)
Michael Gulbin .... grip (as Mike Gulbin)
Mitch Gulbin .... grip: additional photography
Jeffrey M. Hall .... chief lighting technician (as Jeffrey Hall)
Timothy Hedgecock .... best boy electric (as Tim Hedgecock)
Michael Herron .... video assist operator: additional photography
Chris Hill .... video playback operator: additional photography
Lamar D. Houston .... electrician: additional photography (as Lamar Houston)
Vessie Kazachka .... camera loader: additional photography
Francis Kenny .... director of photography: additional photography
Kia Kiso .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, additional photography (as Kia Dawson)
Jack Kohtala .... grip: additional photography
Richard Lamphiear .... electrician: additional photography
Yaron Levy .... electrician (as Ron Levy)
Willie Mann .... grip: additional photography (as William Mann)
Greg McEachen .... electrician: additional photography
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
John Pirozzi .... director of photography: second unit
Geoff Regan .... video playback operator
Eric Roizman .... camera operator: "b" camera, additional photography
Alfredo Rosado .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography
Ann Rosencrans .... electrician
T. Daniel Scaringi .... key grip (as T.D. Scaringi)
Lee Schmicker .... best boy electrician: additional photography
Mick Spitalnick .... grip
Phoebe Sudrow .... camera assistant: second unit
Stephen J. Ullman .... camera operator: "a" camera
Grady Upchurch .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gil Valle .... second company grip
Lieven Van Hulle .... video assist operator
Doug Wall .... grip (as Douglas L. Wall)
Doug Wall .... grip: additional photography (as Douglas L. Wall)
Greg Williams .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography
Abbe Wool .... electrician
Kai Steven Christensen .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Korner .... electrician (uncredited)
Ralph Mendoza .... aerial photographer: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Steve Randolph .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Scott Blasko .... extras casting assistant (as Scott R. Blasko)
Lisa Hamil .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucinda Campbell .... costume supervisor
Amber Jordyn .... key set costumer
Shirley Kurata .... set costumer
Marta Villalobos .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Shawn Broes .... digital intermediate editorial: Modern VideoFilm Inc.
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant: EPC
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist: Modern VideoFilm Inc. (as Joe 'Bubbles' Finley)
Jim Flynn .... assistant editor
Justine Halliday .... assistant editor
Chris Jacobson .... digital intermediate imaging: Modern VodeoFilm Inc.
Brad McLaughlin .... post-production assistant
Pat Repola .... vice president of post-production: Modern VideoFilm Inc.
Ed Thompson .... digital intermediate imaging supervisor: Modern VideoFilm Inc.
John Orland .... post poduction consultant (uncredited)
Brian Singbiel .... editorial production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Wenger .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Kyle Alexander .... key assistant location manager: additonal photography
Michael Bergemann .... location manager: Palm Springs (as Mike Bergemann)
Curtis Collins .... location manager: additional photography
Stephen Fischer .... assistant location manager
Paul Schreiber .... location manager
George J. Tasch III .... assistant location manager: Palm Springs (as George J. Tasch)
Scott Trimble .... assistant location manager
Wade Whitman .... location manager
Scott Trimble .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Paul Bushnell .... composer: additional music
Steve Dewey .... electronic music programmer (as Stephen Dewey)
Ismael Gallegos .... additional orchestrator
Paul Graham .... composer: additional music
Ayana Haviv .... singer: ensemble (voice)
Mateo Laboriel .... composer: additional music
Jeffrey Potokar .... assistant music editor (as Jeff Potokar)
Satnam Ramgotra .... musician: percussion
Angie Rubin .... music editor
Michael Stern .... music scoring mixer
Michael Stern .... music scoring recordist
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer
Michael Jay .... additional music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James C. Alford .... driver (as James Alford)
Henry Bautista .... transportation captain
Ronald Blay .... driver (as Ronnie Blay)
Dave Calaway .... driver
Robert C. Cawley .... driver (as Bob Cawley Sr.)
Delbert Clough .... driver
Kelly Colgan .... driver
Eric Compton .... driver (as Buck Compton)
Howard Brady Davidson .... transportation coordinator (as Howard B. Davidson)
Luis Esteban .... transportation office coordinator
Michael D. Kuljis .... driver (as Michael Kuljis)
David Machado .... driver
David Menapace .... driver (as David A. Menapace)
Samuel W. Moore .... driver
John Morello .... driver
Dale Moser .... driver
Thomas O'Donnell .... driver
Neil Scognamiglio .... driver
James Sherwood .... driver
Ross Lasi Tanoai .... driver (as Ross 'Lasi' Tonai)
Jim Frear .... transportation captain (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Andrew Balek .... production office assistant
Beth Bargas .... first assistant accountant (as Beth A. Bargas)
Damian Baxter .... production office assistant
Samuel Bayer .... title designer: main and end titles (as Sam Bayer)
David Bond .... production staff
David Bond .... assistant: Mr. Cassavetes, additional photography
Josef Brandmaier .... production advisor
Page Buckner .... product placement and clearances (as N.C. Page Buckner)
Eric Burrows .... security (as Eric Walton Burrows)
Jeanne Byrd .... script supervisor (as Jeanne Byrd Hall)
Melanie Callaghan .... production assistant
Tia Cardello .... animal wrangler
Sarah Clifford .... animal coordinator
W. Ty Crawford .... key set production assistant
McDermott Will Emery .... tax advisor: VIP
Heidi Falconer .... unit publicist
Frank Fattori .... production office assistant
S.J. 'JoJo' Fieger .... production coordinator
Nancy A. Flint .... studio teacher
Ted F. Gerdes .... legal clearance: Gerdes Law
Jeff Grimm .... production assistant: additional photography
Justin Haut .... assistant production coordinator
Zach Hunt .... production assistant: additional photography
Derek Hurd .... craft service
Frank K. Isaac .... completion bond: International Film Guarantors Inc. (as Frank Isaac)
TJ Jackson .... office production assistant (as Tim Jackson)
TJ Jackson .... office production assistant
Sarah Jensen .... production assistant
Fallon Johnson .... production assistant: additional photography
Ryan Krayser .... production assistant (as Ryan M. Krayser)
Josh Kuhn .... craft service (as Joshua Kuhn)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Matthew Troy Littrell .... craft service assistant
Kellie Lumb .... executive assistant: Steve Markoff
Stephen Monas .... production counsel: Business Affairs Inc. (as Steve Monas)
Ken Mowe .... title designer: main and end titles
Eva Neufahrt .... production controller: VIP Medienfond (as Eva-Marie Neufahrt)
Berit Norrenberg .... legal advisor: VIP (as Berit Wetzel)
Frank Peluso .... assistant: Mr. Cassavetes
Christy Powers .... set medic
Ramona Reed .... payroll accountant: additonal photography
Mike Revell .... production accountant (as Michael J. Revell)
Matt Rosen .... production counsel: Business Affairs Inc.
Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor .... tax advisor: VIP
Amy Smolev .... payroll accountant
Zachary Steinback .... production office assistant
Babette Stith .... script supervisor: additional photography
Allen E. Taylor .... production controller
Heather Tyler .... accountant: post-production
Mark Van Horne .... laboratory contact
Davanee Wahlquist .... production assistant
Joan Weidman .... completion bond: International Film Guarantors Inc.
Jennifer E. Welch .... production secretary
Karla Withrow .... production assistant
Anthony Woods .... set medic: additional photography
Howard Young .... accountant: additional photography
Matthew R. Zboyovski .... production assistant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Sarah Clifford .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Stephen J. Eads .... assistant: Bruce Willis (uncredited)
Oscar J. Flores .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Jason Aaron Goldberg .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Florian Harms .... legal counsel: VIP (uncredited)
Debi Karolewski .... assistant: Sharon Stone (uncredited)
Nick Lee .... stand-in (uncredited)
Deane Madsen .... photo double: Anton Yelchin (uncredited)
Sunny Malick .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Myke Mansberger .... studio services manager (uncredited)
Randy McKenney .... stand-in (uncredited)
Aaron Merrell .... production finance: SKE (uncredited)
Ezna Sands .... story consultant (uncredited)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Ryan Tighe .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Trujillo .... layout board (uncredited)
Samuel Bayer .... thanks (as Sam Bayer)
Courteney Cox .... thanks (as Courteney Cox-Arquette)
Vincent Laresca .... thanks
Tzi Ma .... thanks
Ziggy Marley .... thanks
Bruce McNall .... thanks
Joe Pesci .... thanks
Matthew Rugetti .... thanks
Martin Scorsese .... thanks (as Marty Scorsese)
Jon Valera .... thanks
Musetta Vander .... thanks

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Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity
USA:122 min | USA:117 min (Sundance Film Festival) | Germany:118 min | Argentina:122 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #42022)
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54 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
An important film that is emotionally heart wrenching and devastating, 16 October 2006
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the World Premiere of "Alpha Dog" at the Sundance Film Festival. This is a tough review to write because I certainly don't want to spoil it. Someone said, "The film was amazing, heart wrenching towards the end, and very very well done," I agree with that 100%. Especially the heart wrenching description. I'll say this right now. Nothing, NOTHING prepares you for the climax of the film. And what's absolutely amazing is that, being based on a true story, we already know going in how it ends. Can you imagine what an amazing feat of film-making that is? To make a movie, where many KNOW the ending going in, and yet walk away feeling so emotionally devastated and drained that it's hard to talk about afterward?

I was blown away. Absolutely blown away. Even knowing all that I knew, the story, the actors, the characters, even knowing all that, the emotional wave that takes over and propels the film through its last act is just beyond any words. I can truly say that I will remember the ending of this film for the rest of my life. Throw away everything you THINK this film is about. Because it is not. I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen to me emotionally and I was absolutely devastated. This film MUST be seen.

My biggest fear is that people won't go to see this film because of preconceived notions about what it involves. The other is that they won't stay with it long enough to see the real story develop. In my opinion, this is not about drug dealers or white suburban kids acting tough or sex or drugs or a gang that lived lives of excessive behavior. This is not an R-rated Afterschool Special on the dangers of spoiled youth running wild. Or a bunch of kids who went bad. Yes, all these elements are there and play a part. But anyone who thinks that's the essence of the story, and doesn't give it a chance, will miss out on what I believe is one of the most moving and powerful sequences ever captured on film.

I'll tell you right now that I was not expecting this film to turn out the way it did. I don't want to give too much away, but director Nick Cassavetes has described it as an ensemble cast, and I agree somewhat. Nobody is really "the star" of the film. If we break it down into 3 acts, here is how I would describe it, if I absolutely had to answer that question.

ACT 1: Emile Hirsch -- the story centers on him, to some extent.

ACT 2: Justin Timberlake -- the story moves to his character. I was actually surprised at how his role begins to grow as Emile's "diminishes." Although remember, these are just very rough opinions on my part.

ACT 3: And THIS was the big surprise for me -- Anton Yelchin. At one point I actually heard myself saying in my head that he is the star of this movie, if there is one.

I could go on...Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Chris Marquette, Sharon Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Dominique Swain, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Willis...I put them in alphabetical order because it wouldn't be fair to rank them. All turn in shockingly powerful performances. But the story is not about Emile's character. It's not about Justin's character. It is about Anton's character. That was the biggest surprise for me and I was not prepared for how emotional the film would get towards the end. As director Nick Cassavetes himself said in the Q&A after the screening, Anton is "the heart and soul of the film." Just a is very hard to watch in parts. The bottom line is this: the first act of the film sets the scene for what these guys' lives were like. The language, the violence, the drugs, the sex, they were all a part of their lifestyle and it is not sugarcoated. But more importantly, it is an assault on the senses because without it, the rest of the film -- and the emotional impact it has -- wouldn't be as believable. You have to experience how sick these guys' behavior was on a daily basis to appreciate and understand how sick were the actions they take later in the film. And it's the actions that they take later in the film that are at the heart of what the movie is about.

The first half of the film is hard to sit through. But the second half makes it all worth it. You cannot get the goose bumps and feel the emotions and the heartbreak of their crime without knowing how depraved these guys were. It is a film with one of those moments -- about halfway through the film, just when you think you know what it's about, just when maybe you're starting to wonder if it's really going to be worth watching, that feeling begins to come over you. That feeling that says, "ohhh wait a minute. NOW I see what's going on here." Then the tears start to well up as you begin to realize what this is really all about.

Once the real story starts to unfold, you forget about the language and the violence and the drugs and the sex. Because now you have entered their world, and the emotional impact of what comes later is just heart wrenching. This is one of those rare films that deserve the label "important." It is polarizing, to be sure. It's not everyone's cup of tea. But if you keep an open mind and are willing to suspend disbelief for a couple of hours (although, ironically, this is based on a true story) you will be moved, you will be affected, and you will be changed. "Alpha Dog" will do that, and that's a rare feat of film-making.

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