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Red (2008)

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. Doust
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 USA:

$3,176, 10 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,176, 10 August 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lucky McKee was the original director and had been shooting for several 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 »


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Despite a few tweaks here and there, this was very faithful to the source novel and is definitely worth your time.
11 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

After seeing the trailer for this a few weeks ago, I decided to read the source novel before going to the movie. Jack Ketchum's novel is a pretty taught thriller that stays very realistic in telling its tale of an old man's increasingly frustrating attempts to get justice for his senselessly murdered pooch, but the book does feature a gratuitous romantic entanglement and a final chapter that could have been completely excised with no loss of the story's narrative power; the final chapter goes on after the real climax to the story and is in fact more of an epilogue than a proper ending, but it unnecessarily gives the reader an all-too-tidy three-way happy ending with an incongruous bit of tragedy thrown in for good (?) measure. Thankfully the novel's problems were carefully considered and left out of the film, even to the point of losing or consolidating some of the minor characters with no harm done to the overall story.

This is a textbook example of exactly how to handle a novel-to-screen adaptation, and I'd wager that author Jack Ketchum is more than pleased with the translation. Brian Cox — always a consummate actor — turns in one of his best performances, and the whole cast is equally game, especially two of the boys involved in the attempted robbery and pet-slaying. And for those expecting a seventies-style vengeance flick filled with wall-to-wall guns-a-blazin', I'd advise you to check your expectations at the door. The pursuit of justice follows very legal steps until it's apparent that such an approach won't amount to anything, but even when it gets rough the story stays completely believable. One of the year's best films, and that's no lie.

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