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Pound (1970)

X | | Fantasy | 1970 (USA)
In a pound, eighteen dogs wait to be adopted.

Director:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)

Writer:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Madden Joe Madden ... Colonel
James Green James Green ... Honky Killer
Mariclare Costello ... Honky Killer's Wife
L. Errol Jaye L. Errol Jaye ... Police Chief
Carolyn Cardwell Carolyn Cardwell ... Keeper
Charles Dierkop ... Airdale
Lawrence Wolf Lawrence Wolf ... Mexican Hairless
Ching Yeh Ching Yeh ... Siamese Cat
Marshall Efron ... Dachshund
Eric Krupnik Eric Krupnik ... Montana Sheepdog
Elsie Downey Elsie Downey ... Mutt Bitch
Chuck Green Chuck Green ... Mutt
Don Calfa ... Italian Terrier
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... Boxer
Carolyn Groves Carolyn Groves ... Pedigreed Bitch
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In a pound, eighteen dogs wait to be adopted.

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A new kind of film by Robert Downey ("Putney Swope") See more »

Genres:

Fantasy

Certificate:

X
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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The film was written and directed by Robert Downey, Sr., father of Robert Downey, Jr. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.135 (2012) See more »

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Theme From Pound
Written and Performed by Charley Cuva
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A unique and innovative film which deserves a second chance.
14 October 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

See the amazing Robert Downey Sr.'s chimerical POUND, and experience the happy-sadness of a single night in a city dog-pound from a canine point-of-view.

One of the director's stronger works, POUND is a brilliantly conceptualized semi-experimental film which is well-played by the entire cast. Each performer is in the role of a dog(sans costume), written in respect to specific characteristics of their breed/type(staunch, high-flown pedigree, agreeable dim-witted domestic mutt, world-wise elder, ruffian homeless mongrel, etc.). The bizarre, obstreperous script crackles with zippy dialog and trenchant witticisms, but the thrust of the matter is the disconcerting collective trepidation of impending doom(and the dogs know that some among them are at an advantage, as puppies, pure-breeds, and lost domestics are less likely to be "put down" than the age-advanced, sickly, or mongrel types). We sympathize with these characters, and share their apprehension as the clock ticks away to their potential fate.

An ingenious experiment commendably executed(if a bit stagy at points), POUND has sadly slipped through the cracks into oblivion...let's hope it soon finds it's way back home.


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