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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.


Deborah Kampmeier
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Fanning ... Lewellen
Granoldo Frazier Granoldo Frazier ... Band Member D (as Grenaldo Frazier)
Isabelle Fuhrman ... Grasshopper
Cody Hanford ... Buddy
Piper Laurie ... Grammie
Charlie Lucas Charlie Lucas ... Band Member A
Herman McCloud Herman McCloud ... Band Member B
Chandler McIntyre Chandler McIntyre ... Buddy's Mother
David Morse ... Daddy
Robin Mullins Robin Mullins ... Marge
Afemo Omilami ... Charles
Tom Oppenheim Tom Oppenheim ... Mechanic
Tim Parati ... Bartender
Blake Rayne ... Elvis (as Ryan Pelton)
Robin Wright ... 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


Gotta always somehow make good outta what can poison you. 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:

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Did You Know?


According to the site Slate, after playing family friendly roles for years, Dakota Fanning decided to her first controversial role as Lewellen in this film. The part of the Elvis fanatic included some very mature scenes, such as the horrifying rape of her character. The reviews at the time noted the public backlash of the role, and as Slate wrote, "Protesters of the film may be genuinely concerned that acting out a rape scene in a film is traumatic to Fanning." Fanning didn't take too well to her critics. She lashed out in a press conference in Los Angeles (via Today), "When it gets to the point of attacking my mother, my agent ... my teacher, who were all on the set that day, that started to make me mad ... They hadn't seen the movie." At the end of the day, the young, but seemingly mature beyond her years starlet felt she was leading audiences to harrowing discussions worth talking about. In an interview with The New York Times, Fanning, at just 12 years old, mused, "There are so many children that this happens to, every second. That's the sad part. If anyone's talking about anything, that's what they should be talking about." See more »


Elvis Presley's appearance singing "Houndog" on the Milton Berle Show took place on June 5, 1956. Several of the vehicles used in the movie were newer than this. The pink Desoto (or Dodge) was probably a 1956, but it's not likely that a rural Alabama woman would be driving a new car. The tow truck used to tow the Desoto was a 1957 at the oldest, and it was quite beat up. The red Pontiac at the Elvis concert was a 1959. See more »


Lewellen: Who are you? Where's my daddy?
Stranger Lady: He's in the can. He'll be out in a minute.
Lewellen: Who's the stranger lady?
Daddy: We, uh, we were waiting for you to watch Elvis.
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Crazy Credits

The film has a 2008 copyright date in the credits, despite first being shown in early 2007. See more »


Come on in My Kitchen
Written by Robert Johnson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Dakota is old enough to understand...
13 March 2007 | by trappercat2002See 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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Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hounddog See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,744, 21 September 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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