Dog Days of Summer (2007)

 |  Drama  |  September 2007 (USA)
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A mysterious drifter lures two boys into uncovering the secrets of a sleepy southern town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Walden
Phil Walden / Narrator / B-Movie Director
Quincy Patch
Pastor Salem / Marty
Camille Ross
Paul Silver ...
Brock Walden
Chuck Walden
May Walden
The General
Patricia Herd ...
Marilyn Rockwell
Doc Rockwell


As Phil Walden wanders the streets of his deserted hometown, the memories of a fateful childhood summer return. The summer he grew up. The summer that turned this once idyllic paradise upside down. The summer the stranger came to town. This stranger doesn't beg for change, peddle ointments or speak soothe, Eli Cottonmouth builds models - enchanting models, and this sleepy southern town will be the perfect subject. His charm bewitches the townsfolk. His intentions concern the town fathers. And his secrecy captivates two curious boys. As Eli works to re-create the true essence of the community, the boys act as his eyes and ears. Armed with his ancient camera, they snap vignettes of small town life. But, shot-by-shot, Eli changes the way they look at the town. Childish wonderment turns to despair as the boys' eyes open to the true nature of the world around them. That understanding, and Eli's hidden purpose, threaten the existence of the entire town. Written by Anonymous

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Opening Weekend:

$2,973 (USA) (18 April 2008)


$5,383 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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Did You Know?


Colin Key also makes a cameo as the B-movie director in young Phillip and Jackson's two-legged alligator man fantasy sequence. See more »


The running shoes out of place on the hardwood floor that Jackson's dad calls him out on (11:15 to 11:30) were not the black and white ones Jackson was wearing when he came home (09:36). See more »


Version of The Dog Days of Summer (2004) See more »

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what a special film
16 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We live in eastern NC and saw this movie at the theater. What a special film! I heard the director say that this was his first film but it sure did not seem like that. He pulled a great performance out of the child actors and you could tell that Will Patton (one of our favorites) really brought his 'A' game. This movie is a really special coming of age film that really had us thinking.

A great message... and interesting story...

It kind of reminded us of Ray Bradbury story... almost like Dandelion Wine...

More than anything, it captured the laid back pace of a small southern town. This is a great 1st film.

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