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Hounddog (2007)

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A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.


2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lewellen
Granoldo Frazier ... Band Member D (as Grenaldo Frazier)
... Grasshopper
... Buddy
... Grammie
Charlie Lucas ... Band Member A
Herman McCloud ... Band Member B
Chandler McIntyre ... Buddy's Mother
... Daddy
Robin Mullins ... Marge
... Charles
Tom Oppenheim ... Mechanic
... Bartender
... Elvis (as Ryan Pelton)
... Stranger Lady (as Robin Wright Penn)


A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every heart has an awakening. Every soul needs a song. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a disturbing sexual assault of a young girl, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hounddog  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$3,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,744, 21 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,092, 7 December 2008
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward Lachman, the original cinematographer, had to leave after two weeks of shooting to work on another film. Jim Denault shot for the next month; gaffer Stephen Thompson took over near the end of shooting. See more »


In the scene in which Dakota Fanning (Lewellen) is lying in the bed, the character played by Robin Wright Penn asks her to sing her an Elvis song. She sings part of "Can't Help Falling In Love" which was not recorded until 1961 for the movie "Blue Hawaii". See more »


Lewellen: Guess what!
Buddy: What?
Lewellen: I saw Elvis!
Buddy: Did not.
Lewellen: Did! And he blew me a kiss!
Buddy: You're a liar.
Lewellen: Am not!
Buddy: Are!
Lewellen: Am not, you stupid!
Buddy: Well, can you meet me on the bank?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »


Homage to Harry Partch
Written by Dave Soldier, Richard Lair and The Thai Elephant Orchestra
Courtesy of Mulatta Records
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Dakota is old enough to understand...
13 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

12 years old is certainly old enough to understand what rape is. Dakota is by far one of the most intelligent actresses in her field today. She's probably smarter than most of the other actors she is working with. For anyone to blindly judge what she is capable of understanding is absurd. I would gather that is is highly certain that Dakota's parents were directly involved in every aspect of this film, and that the director and other film personnel understood that this was a very sensitive subject. However, I would believe that in this country we as a society have a responsibility to not only the children, but also ourselves to stop hiding these kinds of issues. Some of the reasons there are problems with people understanding issues of this nature (rape, drug use, etc.) is because all this subject matter is considered too "taboo" to put into a mainstream film. We sugarcoat everything to the point where it ceases to have anything real about it. Dakota is one actress who, thankfully, isn't afraid to put herself out there and let it fly. She did it in Man On Fire, and this is no different. Wake up America!

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