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Cook County (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 December 2011 (USA)
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After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab.

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David Pomes

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David Pomes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anson Mount ... Bump
Xander Berkeley ... Sonny
Ryan Donowho ... Abe
Polly Cole Polly Cole ... Lucy
Rutherford Cravens ... Fat Earl
Makenna Fitzsimmons Makenna Fitzsimmons ... Deandra
Brandon Smith ... Wayne
John McClain John McClain ... Uncle JD
Yankie Grant ... Aunt Sally
J.D. Hawkins ... Peanut
Gary Chason Gary Chason ... Mr. Jimmy
Lisa Williams Lisa Williams ... Miss Debbie
Toby Lister Toby Lister ... Bill Jenkins
Tommy Townsend Tommy Townsend ... Pee Paw
Scott Nankivel Scott Nankivel ... Luke
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After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,579, 18 December 2011

Gross USA:

$17,977
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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An Excellent Film about the Horrors of Meth Addiction
12 March 2008 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Cook County premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. This excellent feature from first time writer/director David Pomes provides a disturbing look at the horrors of Meth addiction which, until now, has been mostly chronicled - if at all - in documentary films. There have been many excellent features on the highly cinematic issue of drug addiction including to name, but a few of the very best, Leaving Las Vegas, Trainspotting, and Requiem for a Dream. Cook County, while not quite as good as these classics, falls into their tradition.

One reason that Meth addiction seems to be underreported in the media and rarely seen on screen is that it is a problem of rural America. American films are mostly set in urban and suburban areas and often seem to be barely aware of the existence, much less the difficulties and complexities of life in rural America.

The story is a powerful one of a family in the complete meltdown of Meth addiction. The affect of the family crisis on the 6-year-old little girl are particularly disturbing to watch. The script is excellent. The characters and their relationships to each other are well-developed. The acting is excellent - particularly Ryan Donowho is particularly good.

The scenes of the characters using Meth that show how it affects their behavior and judgment are compelling and very believable. There are a few places where elements of the plot are left ambiguous and its difficult to tell if the confusion is the result of poor editing or intentional ambiguity. But these flaws are minor and ultimately unimportant.

This is an important film and it deserves wider distribution since so many people are unaware of the dangers of Meth addiction.


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