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Cold in July (2014)

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Cold in July is a movie starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ann
... Dane
... Burglar
... Price
... Jordan
... Valerie
... Jack Crow
... Kay
... Ted
... Russel
Kris Eivers ... Detective
Joseph Harrell ... Officer Kevin
... Officer #1
... Female Officer
... Freddy
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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.

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How many men can one bullet kill?

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Crime | Thriller

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

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31 December 2014 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$65,000, 6 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$414,623, 4 July 2014
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The movie playing in the drive-in theater is Night of the Living Dead. See more »

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Russell says he hasn't seen his son (25-30) since he was the same age as Dane's son (5 or 6). He then agrees to go to the cemetery to identify him! How would he know what he would look like? See more »

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[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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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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Bowling Ball Blues
Written and Performed by Mack Fields
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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A Taut and Unsullied Thriller- Great Independent Cinema
25 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

A neo-noir directed by Jim Micklee based on a novel by Joe Lansdale, a dark, grim and gritty tale of retaliation and retributions. The ramifications of a murder, lead to the carnage and involved people can go at any length. This is not your usual thriller but a compelling mysterious story which keeps us at the edge of our seats.

Set in 1989 Texas, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) a common family man, one night defensively guns down an intruder. The police quickly identify the corpse as a wanted criminal and bury him. Richard still feels the remorse of killing a human being and goes to the cemetery where the dead man's father Ben Russell (Sam Shepard) threatens to kill Richard's young son. In order to save his family Richard takes police help however consequently he unfolds some secrets, now Richard and Ben will take the assistance of a brash private detective, Jim Bob (Dan Johnson), to crawl to the core of Richard's uncertainty.

The narrative is paced with lots of twists and turns to keep us engaged throughout the run time of 150 minutes. The minute details of 80's Texas are just impeccable. The screenplay will keep you on your toes as the tension builds subsequently. The overwhelming final shot portrays a brutal and stylized violent scene which is fresh and instinctual. However, some of the details are missing here as the some unexplained loose ends which are not tied and there should have been a better female cast.

The performances are brilliant, Hall is stellar as a protective family man and the transformation his character is immaculate. Shepard is remarkable as a distressed father, looking for his son. Johnson is a scene stealer having as much fun as anyone can within such confine.

Cold in July is a captivating experience with tense and unsettling tone. The independent cinema is at its best.

My Vite 7.5/10


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