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Cold in July (2014)

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When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

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In 1989, in the east of Texas, Ann Dane overhears a noise during the night and awakes her husband Richard Dane. He picks up his gun and stumbles with a burglar in the living room and accidentally shoots and kills the intruder. He is identified by the police as the wanted criminal Freddy Russell, but Richard is affected by the incident. Richard goes to the cemetery to see Freddy's burial and his father Ben Russell, who is also a criminal on parole, talks to Richard and asks for his son. Richard brings his son from the school and meets his wife at the police station, but the police inspector Ray Price cannot do anything to help him. Soon Richard finds that someone has broken in his house and the police officers stake out the place. However Ben breaks in the house but escapes. Ray calls Richard to tell him that Ben was arrested in Mexico and the case is closed. While leaving the station, he sees a picture of Freddy Russell and he realizes that he is not the burglar. Richard ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for disturbing bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$65,000 (USA) (6 June 2014)

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$414,623 (USA) (4 July 2014)
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True to the setting of the story in 1984, Michael C. Hall's character can be heard watching the premiere of the short-lived 1984 television series The Master (AKA Master Ninja) on his living room television in one scene. Lee Van Cleef can be heard talking to the bartender. See more »

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There is a CSX train. CSX operates on the east coast, where the movie was filmed, but has never operated in Texas, where the movie is set. See more »

Quotes

Russel: [On his son being a serial murderer] You know when a dog bites you... you can either chain him up... or shoot him
Richard Dane: [Shocked] You're gonna kill your own son?
Russel: I can't well chain him up now... can I?
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References The Master: Max (1984) See more »

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Written and Performed by Glen Morris
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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Gritty, brutal, and intense. Cold in July delivers
27 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cold In July marks the fourth and most mature feature for director Jim Mickle, bringing electric performances and palpable suspense to an otherwise unoriginal premise. What sets this film apart from other films like it, such as Cape Fear, is the performances. Michael C. Hall gives one hell of a performance, letting the audience see a vastly different side of him. He generates a leading man quality in this film that, in my opinion, he has never done before. From the straight-out-of-the-80s mullet, to the tight Wrangler jeans, Hall fits the mold of an ordinary man from small town Texas in the 80s and does so very subtly without us ever thinking to ourselves that this man was Dexter. As much as I liked Hall's performance in this film, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson steal the film. Without giving too much away, Shepard and Johnson are two of the seediest dirty characters not in a Rob Zombie film. Each scene between Shepard and Hall generates a palpable tension that would be difficult to do with any other actors in their parts, respectfully. The story is interesting from jump street, its a familiar type of story but it has so many great twists and turns that you can't help but fall in love with it. The score here is also immersing. It rings back to Blood Simple, or John Carpenter's Halloween. It really throws us right into 1989 and does so with such grace that it really needs some attention. Jim Mickle proves here that he is a director to be reckoned with. As a fan of his previous films, Stakeland and We Are What We Are, I was excited to see this film. However, walking out of Cold In July made me ecstatic to see what he does next. Overall, Cold In July is brutal, unrelenting backwoods mayhem with great performances and plot twists galore. It definitely lives up to the hype and I highly recommend it.


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