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Lawn Dogs (1997)

R | | Drama | 15 May 1998 (USA)
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When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.

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Complete credited cast:
... Devon Stockard
... Trent
... Morton Stockard
... Clare Stockard
Miles Meehan ... Billy
... Nash
... Brett
... Sean Torrance
... Pamela 'Pam' Gregory
José Orlando Araque ... Salvador the Mailman
... Trent's Mother
... Jake - Trent's Father
Odin the Dog ... Tracker
Tafeki the Dog ... Tracker
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Newly arrived in an up-market housing development, quiet ten-year-old Devon doesn't quite fit in. Ignoring the urgings of her social-climbing father, Devon chooses the company of Trent, who mows the estate's lawns, rather than of the girls her own age. Their friendship grows during her visits to his trailer home, but although it is completely innocent it is obvious that it would be unacceptable to the residents if they found out. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Innocence is a dangerous friend

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

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,859, 17 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,292, 1 November 1998
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Film debut of Mischa Barton. See more »

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At 52:00 when Trent parks the truck at the river the front of the truck is at the water line facing downhill. After Devon and Trent moon her father and Nash we see at 54:39 Trent is driving the truck forward up the hill instead of backing up it. See more »

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Devon: Once upon a time, in a far off land, lived a girl and her mother and father. Their village was surrounded by a high wall. Outside the wall was the forest, home of Baba Yaga, the witch. Baba Yaga had iron teeth like three trees. His legs were like chicken legs, and he ate little girls for dinner. But inside the wall we were safe.
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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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Written and performed by J.J. Cale
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Sam Rockwell...well...Rocks!
1 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Sam Rockwell has been had. He lit up the screen in "Box of Moonlight," is a major player in the upcoming "Midsummer Night's Dream," and yet he didn't get equal billing for screen time in either of those films. What gives? In "Lawn Dogs" Rockwell is stunning as the lawn boy who accepts a little "rich" girl as a friend and gives her a new view of the world. The movie is rich in atmosphere and color. The central Southern United States has rarely appeared so docile and yet so menacing. Every time I thought I knew where "Lawn Dogs" was going...it pulled another pleasant surprise. Mischa Barton is amazing as Devon Stockard, the little girl with more on her mind than selling cookies. This is truly one of the best American films of the 90's. If you like off-beat slices of America with a twisted view, then "Lawn Dogs" is the best movie you'll see in a long time. It is quite simply full of the magic, menace and imagination alive in the heads and hearts of little girls...about to become young women. Oh yeah, and give Sam Rockwell his due!


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