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Alpha Dog (2006)

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Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sonny Truelove
... Interviewer (as Matt Barry)
... Johnny Truelove
... Tiko 'TKO' Martinez
... Pick Giaimo
... Frankie Ballenbacher
... Elvis Schmidt
... Bobby '911'
... P.J. Truelove
... Cosmo Gadabeeti
... Adrian Jones
Nicole Dubos ... Neighborhood Girl on Couch
... Dance Bitch Girl
... Party Girl
... Jake Mazursky
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1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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12 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,411,750, 14 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,229,325, 18 February 2007
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Trivia

The film begins with actual home video of some of the cast members when they were children. Anton Yelchin is the last child shown. See more »

Goofs

When Jake Mazursky gets into the fight at the party while looking for Truelove, he is hit with a glass bottle, and his head begins to bleed. At the end of the fight, there is no blood or any sign that he was hit by the bottle. See more »

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Sonny Truelove: You wanna know what this is all about? You can say it's about drugs or guns or disaffected youth, or whatever you like. But this whole thing is about parenting. It's about taking care of your children. You take care of yours, I take care of mine.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the following caption appears: 'For Nicky, May Your Slumber Be Blessed'. 'Nicky' is Nicholas Markowitz, the 'true' name of ill-fated Zack Mazursky played by Anton Yelchin. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake/Lady Gaga (2011) See more »

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Daddy's Job
from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Written by George S. Clinton
Courtesy of New Line Productions, Inc.
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Powerful movie filled with great performances
30 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Surprisingly powerful film with strong performances from a huge cast of recognizable faces. Gritty and unsettling how far this "kidnapping" goes which hits home at the end when the audience is told what happened to everyone involved.

It's a fact based drama surrounding a middle class drug dealer and his gang of 20-ish friends who kidnap the teenager brother of a client who owes them money and refuses to pay. Some big surprises in the acting department from a very likable Justin Timberlake and also Anton Yelchin. Ben Foster is F'n crazy but in an awesome way, he continues to impress me the more I see of him and then there's Sharon Stone -Wow, crazy lady in the fat suit. As an FYI The F-word and its derivatives is said 411 times in this movie. 7/11/14


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