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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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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 {J-26}

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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Mischa Barton. See more »

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At around 14:20, after Devon hangs her soiled socks on the tree limb, a crew member can be seen laying on the ground, presumably holding the visible monofilament wire connected to the cookie bag that falls from her wagon. 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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Shake And Shiver
Performed by Jubilee
Courtesy of Silvertone Records, Ltd.
Written by Ross Baxter, Chris Holditch, Garron Firth and Lee Severin (as Baxter/Frith/Holdich/Severin
Used by permission of Zomba Music Publishers Ltd.
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Magical realism with a twist
9 January 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

LAWN DOGS

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

The haves and have-nots are put under the microscope in John Duigan's diverting drama LAWN DOGS, and it's the haves who come up wanting in every respect. Sam Rockwell (CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND) is the penniless gardener-cum-handyman who makes a fragile living tending the lawns of contemptuous rich folk, all of whom view him with deep suspicion whilst indulging their own dubious peccadilloes behind closed doors. Mischa Barton (THE SIXTH SENSE, TV's "The O.C.") is a lonely 10 year old girl who's been shielded from the world by her wealthy parents following a recent health scare (she has a faulty heart), but she dares to strike up a friendship with Rockwell after stumbling onto his ramshackle home in the woods, a friendship which she pursues against Rockwell's wishes, until their 'secret' is forced into the open and grossly misinterpreted by Barton's vengeful family.

While the moneyed set lives in antiseptic splendour and conceals its hypocrisy behind security measures of every description, Rockwell's character enjoys an open life in a beautiful forest environment, like the witch Baba Yaga in Barton's favourite fairy tale. In fact, there's a magical, otherworldly quality to much of the film (rendered explicit in the final reel), though the central narrative is fairly low-key and revolves around Rockwell's frequent encounters with the dissolute low-lifes who dare to think themselves superior. With his wiry frame and white trash southern accent, Rockwell strikes something of a romantic figure (watch out for his full-frontal nude scene early in the film), though he never stoops to eccentricity or excess. For one so young, Barton is excellent in such a demanding role, and she holds her own against an experienced adult cast (including Christopher McDonald and Kathleen Quinlan as Barton's narrow-minded parents, and Eric Mabius as the rich jock who can barely conceal his attraction to Rockwell). Beautiful cinematography by Elliot Davis (KING OF THE HILL).


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