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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.

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

Naomi Wallace
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mischa Barton ... Devon Stockard
Sam Rockwell ... Trent
Christopher McDonald ... Morton Stockard
Kathleen Quinlan ... Clare Stockard
Miles Meehan Miles Meehan ... Billy
Bruce McGill ... Nash
David Barry Gray ... Brett
Eric Mabius ... Sean Torrance
Angie Harmon ... Pamela 'Pam' Gregory
José Orlando Araque José Orlando Araque ... Salvador the Mailman
Beth Grant ... Trent's Mother
Tom Aldredge ... Jake - Trent's Father
Odin the Dog Odin the Dog ... Tracker
Tafeki the Dog Tafeki the Dog ... Tracker
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Storyline

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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Drama

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyepkutyák See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Rank Organization's last film and so the final time their famous gong man is to be seen introducing a movie. See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
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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Alternate Versions

There is an alternate version where all or most of the profanity has been dubbed over with less extreme words. Also, during the sex scene, Trent and Pam are wearing clothes as opposed to them being nude in the original. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Rock The Boat
Written by Wally Holmes
Performed by The Hues Corporation
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Ok movie, but VERY misrepresented on the packaging
8 March 2004 | by paintbrush_2003See all my reviews

From the picture on the cover (see the picture on the main details page!) and reading the back of the video jacket for this movie, I expected this to be a film about suburban wives sleeping with the hired help. Nope. It's a movie about a slightly sick [in the mental and physical sense] young girl [about 10 or 11 years old?] who befriends one of the guys hired to mow the lawns in her gated community. While the guy is reluctant at first, the friendship that forms between them is actually fun to watch. That's what makes the movie interesting. But while the end has to do with the class system talked about on the video jacket, this is a story about the girl and her "lawn dog" friend, with the parents and their repressive lifestyle being almost incidental to the story until the end. This is an interesting movie to watch, but I wish the people who write the blurbs on the video jackets would actually WATCH the movies once in a while.


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