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Cold in July (2014)

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When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.


Jim Mickle
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinessa Shaw ... Ann
Michael C. Hall ... Dane
Ken Holmes ... Burglar
Nick Damici ... Price
Brogan Hall ... Jordan
Rachel Zeiger-Haag ... Valerie
Lanny Flaherty ... Jack Crow
Kristin Griffith ... Kay
Happy Anderson ... Ted
Sam Shepard ... Russel
Kris Eivers Kris Eivers ... Detective
Joseph Harrell Joseph Harrell ... Officer Kevin
Joe Lanza ... Officer #1
Soraya Butler ... Female Officer
Wyatt Russell ... Freddy


When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

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How many men can one bullet kill?


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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USA | France



Release Date:

31 December 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlód w lipcu See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,000, 6 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$414,623, 4 July 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the main characters enter the building for the final confrontation, the song, 'Wait', by White Lion can be heard playing somewhere in the building. See more »


When Ben calls Freddy he hangs up when he hears his voice verifying that they have the right house. He earlier said he hadn't seen his son since he was a small boy, how would he know what an adult Freddy sounds like? See more »


[first lines]
Ann: [urgently whispering in the dark] Richard. Richard.
Richard Dane: [stirring awake] Yeah?
Ann: I think I heard something.
Richard Dane: [runs to a box in the closet and shakily loads his gun] Stay here...
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Written by Osbie McClinton
Performed by James Carr
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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An Endless Orgy Of Twists & Turns That's Definitely Worth A Shot.
25 November 2014 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

An endless orgy of twists & turns that begins & ends with a bullet being fired, Cold in July isn't an easy film to pin into any genre because it starts as one thing, then changes its course around the middle, seems to be heading in the direction you predicted but once again takes an unexpected turn to become something else entirely.

Set in 1989 Texas, the film tells the story of a local civilian who's all over the news after killing an intruder in self-defence, only to find his family being stalked by the ex-con father of the deceased. However, the two soon find themselves being misled by the police & with the help of a private investigator try to uncover the real truth.

Co-written & directed by Jim Mickle, this indie keeps shifting its gear which stacks up pretty well in the end as the aura of tension that's present in the film throughout its runtime is nerve-wracking. Camera-work is expertly handled, editing is really good, background score nicely compliments the whole narrative & the tone shifts are carried out in a manner that pulls the viewers in than out.

Coming to the performances, the film boasts a badass cast in Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard & Don Johnson and the trio are fabulous in their given roles. Hall plays an everyman & it is through him that we enter into the story, Shepard chips in with a strong performance as well but it's Don Johnson who impresses the most & steals every scene he's in with effortless finesse.

On an overall scale, Cold in July is a tense, gripping & expertly narrated indie that offers an immersive drama which eventually culminates on a highly satisfying & emotionally rewarding note. Worthy of a wider audience & definitely one of the finest films of the year, not to mention one of the coolest as well, Cold in July is certainly worth a shot & comes highly recommended.

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