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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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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

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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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Actor Brian Cox is in three movies named Red. in Red (2008) as Avery Ludlow and in Red (2010) and Red 2 (2013) as Ivan. See more »


Avery Ludlow: My my. My my. You've had yourself quite a day. Quite a day.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


Written by Rick Garcia and Rene Reyes
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The best adaptation of Jack Ketchum's novel so far.
15 October 2008 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Jack Ketchum's brilliant novel tells the story of an elderly man Avery Ludlow,who has a dog named Red he loves more than life.A simple lonely man he has few good things in his life after losing family members tragically years before.On the day he takes his dog fishing with him,three young boys come along,rob him and shoot his dog for no reason. After this cold-blooded murder he tries to seek justice,but two of the boys are coming from a rich and powerful family.Each thing he tries is thwarted until he takes matters into his own hand.The climatic outburst of violence is inevitable..."Red" is a slow-moving and meditative drama punctuated with sudden explosions of violence.The acting by Brian Cox is phenomenal,the supporting cast is also splendid.Overall,"Red" is a sad and beautiful story about a man and his dead dog.Thank You very much Lucky McKee and Trygwe Aliester Disen for such powerful piece of work.I have seen "The Girl Next Door" and "The Lost",but "Red" is the best adaptation of Ketchum to date.I'm glad that I saw it in the cinema during 2008 Warsaw Film Festival.

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