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Dawn (2003)

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Dawn is a special little girl with special needs. Born from a human father and a vampire mother who died while giving birth. Dawn requires blood to survive. She and her father travel across... See full summary »

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Jay Reel

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Jay Reel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Boucher Ray Boucher ... John
Kacie Young Kacie Young ... Dawn
Mindy Raymond ... Sarah
Jay Reel Jay Reel ... Carlton Reed
Tom Bozeman Tom Bozeman ... Sheriff J.C. Reel
Tracey Villanueva Tracey Villanueva ... Penny Little
Ben Talbot Ben Talbot ... Officer Derek Little
Ty Wiley Ty Wiley ... Rudy Little
Peggy Bozeman Peggy Bozeman ... Deborah Reed
David McCartney David McCartney ... Rufus Ethridge
Michael Murphey Michael Murphey ... Deputy Phelps
Jeremy Simpson Jeremy Simpson ... Shane
David Alexander David Alexander ... Willie
John Partida John Partida ... Billy Ed
April Nacole Reel April Nacole Reel ... Goth Girl
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Dawn is a special little girl with special needs. Born from a human father and a vampire mother who died while giving birth. Dawn requires blood to survive. She and her father travel across the country, assuming new identities and never staying in one place for very long--until a small town detective with psychic powers pays extra attention to the murder of one of his townsfolk. Written by dawn03

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Daddy's little girl is hungry.

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USA

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English

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Reel 2 Reel Pictures See more »
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(at around 58 mins) As the car drives away, there is a camera man (or director) visible in the reflection or the window. See more »

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"Thank you Sparkles the Clown" at the end of the movie is a nod to Director of Photography Mark Sawyer. See more »

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Magnificent.
15 September 2003 | by Talbot-HaynesSee all my reviews

This is the best independant movie I've seen in nearly a decade. Dawn is proof that great maverick filmmakers do exist and can produce great filmwork outside the coastal machines. It also shows up all the Hollywood "True Gritty" films where overpaid movie and TV actors pretend to be small town dwellers; the casting of real people to represent their communities gives Dawn an unimitatable realism. It is also one of the most thoughtful vampire film ever made.

To classify Dawn as a horror movie would be a mistake, though as a horror movie it's very good. This is a return to the purest elements of the Film Noir while employing a vampire metaphor. The film belongs in the same catagory as Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once and Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night, with an outlaw couple on the run for nothing else than who they are. Haunting black and white photography enforces the bleakness of having to run and hide from the world while always remaining in sight. The viewer is shown an emotional landscape filled with alienation from a life constantly desired, as well as the bonds that can be forged despite how grisley the circumstances can get.


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