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Dogtown (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | October 1997 (USA)
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Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Cochrane ... Curtis Lasky
David Shackelford ... Jessie Jim
Trevor St. John ... Phillip Van Horn
Price Carson ... Cab Driver
Karen Black ... Rose Van Horn
Bradford L. Schlei Bradford L. Schlei ... Terry (as Brad Lindsley)
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Sara Ruth
Ryan James Ryan James ... Young Phillip
Jennifer Ingersoll Jennifer Ingersoll ... Young Dorothy (as Jennifer A. Ingersoll)
John Livingston ... Ted Essig
Harold Russell ... Blessed William
Gary Walkow Gary Walkow ... Balding Man
Theodore Clarfield Theodore Clarfield ... Young Ezra
Blayn Barbosa Blayn Barbosa ... Young Curtis
Jon Favreau ... Ezra Good
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Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like some kind of celebrity and movie star. He uses it to impress his (and everybody's) school love Dorothy, her life now a grey boring experience. Written by Anonymous

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Two guys. One girl. Someone loses.

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Drama | Romance

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anexitilos erotas See more »

Filming Locations:

Torrance, California, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Harold Russell's final film appearance. See more »

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At least twice, Ezra Good (Jon Favreau) refers to his car as a Trans Am. The car he is shown driving is actually a Camaro. See more »

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Referenced in Fastlane: Wet (2002) See more »

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Is That Me That You See?
Written by Bob Merrill
Published by Golden Bell Songs (ASCAP)
Courtesy of All Nations Productions
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Catch it on IFC or DVD--It's worth Watching
6 July 2004 | by uberlibrarianSee all my reviews

Dogtown is the meandering story of a young man (Philip)who returns to his hometown after 12 years of trying to make it in Hollywood. Everyone in his hometown of Cuba thinks he's a big star and asks him about the famous people he's met, but Philip was just another dream-chaser, and he's come home to lick his wounds.

While he's home, he sees what has become of all the people he went to school with: the pretty cheerleader, the athlete, and the unknowns. Maybe seeing what they've made of their lives helps him to make sense of his own.

The acting is mostly pretty good and interesting. It's interesting to see Jon Favreau as the young, greasy ex-athlete. Karen Black gives a fine performance as Philip's mother.

Overall--it's not phenomenal, but worth seeing.


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