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Red (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  20 January 2008 (USA)
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A reclusive man sets out for justice and redemption when three troublesome teens kill his dog for no good reason.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. McCormack
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Jack Ketchum ...
Bartender (as Dallas Mayr)
Gun Shop Manager
Gun Shop Clerk


An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means available to him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They should have told the truth.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rastros de Vingança  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,176 (USA) (8 August 2008)


$3,176 (USA) (8 August 2008)

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Lucky McKee was the original director and had been shooting for weeks when he was fired and replaced by Trygve Allister Diesen for unknown reasons. Angela Bettis (a frequent McKee collaborator) was also attached to the project, playing the role of 'Carrie', but was fired and replaced by Kim Dickens for, again, unknown reasons. See more »


Avery Ludlow: Her burns were so bad they wouldn't let me hold her. In the end I did anyway.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


Written by Rick Garcia and Rene Reyes
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A Man, His Dog and His Quest For Justice
27 April 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While fishing in Miller's Band with his dog Red, the lonely widower and owner of a small general store Avery Ludlow (Brian Cox) is surrounded by three teenage thieves seeking money and without any reason, one of them shoots Red on the head. Avery investigates the empty cartridge and finds the owner of the shotgun Danny McCormack (Noel Fisher), his brother Harold (Kyle Gallner) and their friend Pete Doust (Shiloh Fernandez). Avery seeks out Danny's father Michael McCormack (Tom Sizemore) that is a corrupt businessman expecting excuses and punishment for the boys, but he finds an arrogant man that does not pay attention to his complaints about the cruelty of Danny to his dog. He decides to sue Danny using his friend and lawyer Sam Berry (Richard Riehle), but Mr. McCormack uses his political influence to obstruct justice. The reporter Carrie Donnel (Kim Dickens) makes a program for TV showing the cruelty of the offender and how justice does not work, but again Mr. McCormack affects her work. However, Avery does not give up of his quest for justice.

Yesterday I saw the trailer of "Red" and I liked what I saw, so I decided to watch this movie expecting to see a sort of "Death Wish". However the story is a powerful drama with a complex lead character performed by the veteran Brian Cox. In this regard, it is great to see the quest for justice of an old man against the corrupt system ruled by money and influence. The cast is superb, with Noel Fisher perfect in the role of the mean Danny, and Tom Sizemore in an awesome performance in the role of the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Unfortunately the conclusion is not well resolved and quite pointless. The Brazilian title misleads the viewer, giving a wrong idea of the plot. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Rastros de Vingança" ("Tracks of Revenge")

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