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If... Dog... Rabbit (1999)

Johnnie Cooper (Matthew Modine) served time for an armed robbery, in which his father and brother also participated. When he's released from jail, he's determined to live a normal life, and... See full summary »


Matthew Modine (as Matthew Avery Modine)


Matthew Modine (as Matthew Avery Modine)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Johnnie Cooper
David Keith ... Parole Officer Gilmore
John Hurt ... Sean Cooper
Maggie Weatherly Maggie Weatherly ... Mr. Cooper's Girlfriend
Bruce Dern ... McGurdy
Joe D'Angerio ... Angry Businessman
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Jamie Cooper
Lisa Marie ... Judy
Roger La Page Roger La Page ... Angry Driver
Zack Tiegen ... Convenicence Store Clerk (as Zach Tiegan)
Barry Del Sherman ... Robber #1 (as Barry Sherman)
Glenn Takakjian ... Robber #2
Lisa Blount ... Sarah Cooper-Toole
Nick Love ... Elliot Toole
Paul Fuemana Paul Fuemana ... Mr. Scary


Johnnie Cooper (Matthew Modine) served time for an armed robbery, in which his father and brother also participated. When he's released from jail, he's determined to live a normal life, and gets work at a gas station. But soon his brother pays a visit. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@telia.com>

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Armed robbery is the family business.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

One Last Score See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Franchise Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer, Director, and star Matthew Modine's first choices for the leads were Nick Nolte and Edward Norton. They turned it down. See more »


When Jamie is shot getting out of the car, Judy is lying shot on the ground, her leg unfolds; but when Johnny runs away after they are both dead, her leg is folded back again and she is further away from the curb than before. See more »


Mr. Villalobos: Life is too short to hurry.
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Rabbit Singing At The Crossroads
Written by Boris Zelkin and Deeji Mincey
Performed by Boris Zelkin and Arif Hodzic
Vocals by Mark Wylder
(c) 1998 Crazy Isis Music (ASCAP)/Little Elle Music (ASCAP)
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30 January 2003 | by camramanSee all my reviews

Feel like rooting for the bad guy? Then rent this movie. I loved it. As an independent it doesn't have the polish of the big budget movies, but all the qualities of a good movie it has. It brought all the essential elements of the plot together to a very interesting, tense and suspenseful end. And yes, I was rooting for the bad guy.

If...Dog...Rabbit is an interesting crime-drama about Johnnie Cooper (Matthew Modine, who also wrote and directed this movie) a convicted felon just released on parole. Parole Officer Gilmore (David Keith) has warned him (and continues through the early part of the film) to stay away from his criminally minded family. Though Johnnie has resolved in his mind to lead a clean life, his father (John Hurt) and brother (Kevin J. O'Conner) could care less. In their mind once-a-criminal-always-a-criminal. Johnnie received his prison sentence when his father and brother left him "holding the bag" from a botched robbery, so his relationship with his father is estranged. From this basic premise, a series of incidents leads Johnnie unwillingly then willingly into another crime caper.

I love the dialog. Some of it is absolutely hilarious:

Judy, "Why was your father choking you Johnnie?" Johnnie, "We were playing a little game. Seeing how long I could hold my breath."

I replayed the movie again with my headphones on and no video; I paid more attention to the details of the dialog and it's importance as the movie reached its climax.

It's not a 10 or a 9 and I'm torn between an 8 or a 7.

Thank God for independent movie makers and offering viewers such as myself a wider choice.

Okay. 8 out of 10.

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