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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Innocence is a dangerous friend

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Mischa Barton. See more »

Goofs

Devon refers to Baba Yaga as "he" several times and describes the character as having chicken legs, however, in Russian fairy tales/folklore Baba Yaga is an old woman and gets around by flying in a mortar and pestle, it is her house that runs about on chicken legs. 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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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products/Warner Music UK Ltd.
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Copyright Dust West Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Used by permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Brave and perceptively written drama
27 December 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

This superb film, directed by John Duigan, the gifted director of THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE, is about a friendship between a young girl (Mischa Barton of "The OC") and a free-spirited young, adult man (Sam Rockwell).

It's self-aware enough to acknowledge the inherent sensitivity of its subject matter, but it doesn't cave into conservative conclusions about how such a relationship ought to be portrayed.

At heart, LAWN DOGS is about trust, not the death of innocence or the festering political correctness all around us that sees danger in every unconventional relationship. It does touch on the subject of sexual abuse, but it doesn't come at it from the angle you'd suspect...and that's the whole point, isn't it? Sexual abuse, for the most part, usually visits as someone you've known well enough to trust completely.

Beyond its politics, this is a unique, bracing fantasy that is more European than American (or Australian) in its view world both morally and visually. The climax is an unexpected treat and its moral resolution arrives just in the nick of time.

Sumptuously photographed and written with great intelligence by Naomi Wallace, it dares to be erotic, provoking, unconventional and incisive.

Don't pass it up if you get an offer.


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