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Alpha Male (2006)

R | | Drama | 18 March 2008 (USA)
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Alpha Male is the story of family life. It is a film about the force of personality, family politics, repressed emotions, great love and devastating loss.

Director:

Dan Wilde

Writer:

Dan Wilde
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jennifer Ehle ... Alice Ferris
Patrick Baladi ... Clive Lamis
Amelia Warner ... Elyssa Ferris
Arthur Duncan Arthur Duncan ... Young Jack Ferris
Katie Ann Knight Katie Ann Knight ... Young Elyssa Ferris (as Katie Knight)
Danny Huston ... Jim Ferris
Ewan Stewart ... Hilary Benz
Trudie Styler ... Brede Norton
Mark Wells ... Jack Ferris
Jemma Powell ... Maliika
Ellis Hollins Ellis Hollins ... Nathan Lamis
Eugene Simon ... Young Felix Methuselah
Mark Heap ... Darwin
Stirling Gallacher ... Dr. Bullmore
Christopher Egan ... Felix Methuselah (as Chris Egan)
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Storyline

Father Ferris' successful packaging business earns his family a luxurious life on a splendid country estate. However, an incurable disease daily diminishes him, then kills him. In complex scenes from several points in time, we observe his three kids forced to grow up fatherless, Jack explicitly being appointed to step into his father's shoes. When his mother decides to marry Clive Lamis, Jack resents and resists, but is too young, so finally moves out and proves himself a business talent worthy of his father. At Jack's 21st birthday, his mother finally gets him to attend a grand garden party in his honor, before he leaves for China indefinitely. Yet things work out surprisingly, as family ties entangle them still. Written by KGF Vissers

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When family is all we have.

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Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kyriarho arseniko See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Dysfunctional Family Is Examined
7 November 2008 | by Neil TurnerSee all my reviews

An upper middle class English dysfunctional family is examined while the time switches back and forth from the past to the present.

In the present, Alice is seen begging her son, Jack Ferris, to attend his twenty-first birthday party that she and her husband, Jack's stepfather, are giving. It is clear that Jack dislikes his stepfather and has long been estranged from his mother.

Jack's sister, Elyssa Ferris, still lives at home and seems to maintain a respectful, yet distant relationship with both her mother and stepfather.

Time returns to when Jack and Elyssa were pre-adolescents, and we see the relationship between the children's father - now dead. Jim Ferris is definitely an alpha male being a success in business and expecting exemplary achievements and behavior from his children.

It is clear from their actions that, even though they love their father, and he loves them, that these two children have serious emotional and adjustment problems. A weakness in the storyline of the film is exposed here as Jim Ferris doesn't appear nearly as domineering and controlling enough to foster the abhorrent actions of his children - especially those of Elyssa. Most of this horrible behavior exposes itself after Jim's death.

This film is well acted by all of the players and beautifully produced, but the extreme actions of the two children - both and youths and adults - are not fully justified based upon the events witnessed by the viewer. Never-the-less, it is an interesting and entertaining film.


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