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Dead Dogs (1999)

A young security guard works the late shift at the Driftwood Inn along with a desk clerk and a married night maid with whom he is having an affair in whatever room is available. ... See full summary »

Director:

Clay Eide

Writer:

Todd Bulman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Leroy Reynolds Joe Leroy Reynolds ... Tom (as Joe Reynolds)
Jay Underwood ... Derek
Margot Demeter ... Carmen
John Durbin ... Gordon
Suzanne Carney Suzanne Carney ... Diane
Joel Jahnke Joel Jahnke ... Detective Jenkins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Copp ... Jimmy the store clerk
Betty Gard Betty Gard ... Landlady
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A young security guard works the late shift at the Driftwood Inn along with a desk clerk and a married night maid with whom he is having an affair in whatever room is available. Unexpectedly, his brother and his lover, who used to be the guard's girl friend, show up at the motel. Turns out the two have been robbing convenience store and want the guard to join them to steal the motel safe after the Fourth of July when it will be at its fullest. Past history surfaces as jealousies mar the group's plans. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bismarck, North Dakota, USA See more »

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Production Co:

One Eight Five Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Solid Piece of Film Noir
18 November 1999 | by marty-112See all my reviews

Film is currently doing the film festival circuit (prize winner in Seattle). I caught it at a one night only Bismarck screening. In the Q&A following the screening, the director claimed that the only thing holding up distribution is the difficulty of distributing a black & white feature. This seemed silly to all in attendance as the stark palette was essential for the film's bleak vision. Think "They Drive By Night" or "Night of the Hunter" or "Touch of Evil" (the latter two mentioned as influences by the filmmakers) and try to image color film. Doesn't work does it?

My impression: the film was well written, surprisingly well acted for the budget (one of those productions where everyone is paid in beer), and very professionally crafted. Reminiscent of the neo-noir breakthrough "Blood Simple" without the flamboyant camera theatrics. Heck, even the music was effective.

***1/2


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