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Dog Eat Dog (2016)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 11 November 2016 (USA)
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A crew of ex-cons are hired by a Cleveland mafioso to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Edward Bunker (based on the novel by), Matthew Wilder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Troy
Willem Dafoe ... Mad Dog
Christopher Matthew Cook ... Diesel
Omar J. Dorsey ... Moon Man
Louisa Krause ... Zoe
Melissa Bolona ... Lina
Reynaldo Gallegos ... Chepe
Chelcie Lynn Chelcie Lynn ... Sheila (as Chelcie Melton)
Bruce Reizen Bruce Reizen ... Maurie
Jeff Hilliard Jeff Hilliard ... Gun Enthusiast
Ali Wasdovich ... Melissa
Louis Perez ... Mike Brennan
Magi Avila ... Nanny
Tevis R. Marcum ... White Power Inmate
Todd Emmett ... Prison Skin Head
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Storyline

Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.

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Grabs you by the lapels and keeps moving, never lagging, never dull. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cane mangia cane See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,404
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe previously co-starred together in "Wild At Heart" (1990). Additionally, Dafoe starred in "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000), which was co-produced by Nicolas Cage. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, Diesel goes into a supermarket. The manager spots Diesel's gun and calls the police. The manager's tie is worn long and ends several inches below his waistline. In the next shot, outside. and the subsequent shot, back inside the store, the tie is around level with his waistline. See more »

Quotes

Troy: You ever been inside, Reverend? In the joint?
Charles: Yes, sir.
Troy: Well, then you know. Guy who has a past, guy who's made mistakes. They say they forgive you, but they never do. They're always lookin' at ya, tryin' to catch ya at something. All we want... heck, all anybody wants, is justice.
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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #45.10 (2016) See more »

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I expected far worse than this
26 March 2017 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

First, I read the Eddy Bunker's novel and this was the best experience in my reader's life. An authentic, realistic, fierce crime story, written by an authentic ex con who spent more than ten or fifteen years of his life in jail. This movie is adapted from the novel. The book, I repeat, is really a high grade crime drama, describing true portrait of mobsters. But when I heard that Nick Cage was in the run, and also read the first critics, I was damned afraid of what I was going to see. I thought about a sort of dark comedy, light written, supported by superficial performances. OK, let's be clear and fair, the film is far from the book, speaking of the character's real nature, it doesn't describe them the same than the novel does. Not entirely. Maybe David Ayer or another director really in love with Bunker's book would have given a better job. But after seeing it, I am overall satisfied with the result. After all, all Cage's films since two decades now are nearly all craps.

Do not be too hard with this film, please.


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