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Red (2008)

A reclusive man sets out for justice and redemption when three troublesome teens kill his dog for no good reason.

Writers:

Stephen Susco (screenplay), Jack Ketchum (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cox ... Avery Ludlow
Noel Fisher ... Danny
Kyle Gallner ... Harold
Shiloh Fernandez ... Pete
Kim Dickens ... Carrie
Marcia Bennett ... Emma
Richard Riehle ... Sam
Tom Sizemore ... Mr. McCormack
Ashley Laurence ... Mrs. McCormack
Robert Englund ... Mr. Doust
Amanda Plummer ... Mrs. Doust
Keith Buterbaugh ... Dean
Jack Ketchum Jack Ketchum ... Bartender (as Dallas Mayr)
Delaney Williams ... Gun Shop Manager
Tate Ellington ... Gun Shop Clerk
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Storyline

An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means available to him. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

They should have told the truth.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Brian Cox has been in three movies named "Red". The others being RED (2010) and RED 2 (2013). He also appeared in Red Eye (2005). See more »

Quotes

Carrie Donnel: How come you don't have any pictures of your sons?
Avery Ludlow: I don't have any sons.
Carrie Donnel: Yes, you do. Sam told me.
Avery Ludlow: He shouldn't have.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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Written by Rick Garcia and Rene Reyes
Performed by THE GREEN CAR MOTEL
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A nuanced story and mesmerizing performance make this a must see
16 July 2008 | by Craig_McPhersonSee all my reviews

Brian Cox is ranked among the best character actors in the business. Yet, for all his talent, he's seldom chosen as a leading man, instead being called upon to fill supporting roles as far ranging as the original Hannibal Lecter (Manhunter) to William Wallace's dad in Bravehart and William Stryker in X2, the X-Men sequel, among only a few of his 134 roles thus far. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see him handed the lead in Red, a mini-masterpiece of one man's quest for justice which screened at the 2008 edition of Montreal's Fantasia film festival.

Directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee (May, The Woods), and based on a story by Jack Ketchum, Red tells the story of aging war vet Avery Ludlow (Cox), whose only remaining companion after a life of tragedy, a dog named Red, is brutally killed by a group of teens. Built upon a remarkably rich, layered and textured script by Stephen Susco (The Grudge), the story doesn't play out as your simple paint-by-numbers revenge thriller. Instead, it unfolds slowly and all too realistically as Ludlow seeks redress, not revenge, from the wealthy father of two of the boys (Tom Sizemore in full sleaze mode), only to be rebuffed by parents and legal channels alike. Even when these attempts fail, Ludlow, ever the civil citizen, tells his story to the local TV news, and launches a lawsuit against the killers.

Drawing parallels between teen dog killer Danny McCormack (Noel Fisher) and Ludlow's chilling account of how his own son single handedly destroyed his family, we're presented with a man whose motivation for justice is driven in large part by a belated attempt to right the wrongs of his past. So much so, in fact, that in the absence of his companion dog, the quest for justice virtually becomes Ludlow's reason for living, to the point where it practically consumes him.

Cox's performance here is nothing short of breathtaking. He carries this movie on his back and is in every scene, mesmerizing you with his nuanced portrayal of a lonely man to whom tragedy has bequeathed a host of inner demons to torment him in his twilight years.

Don't mistake Red for lesser fare such as Death Wish or The Brave One. While it is constructed around a fairly simple premise that on the surface appears primed to appeal to the base human desire for revenge, the story here is so much more than that, and to give it short shrift and dismiss it as mere manipulative movie making would be to miss out on a story and performance that is a true must see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,176, 10 August 2008

Gross USA:

$4,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,617
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Billy Goat Pictures, Tenk See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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