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Alpha Dog (2007)

Alpha Dog




Release Date

January 12, 2007

MPAA Rating



122 min.


Universal Pictures

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Nick Cassavetes


Sidney Kimmel, Chuck Pacheco


Nick Cassavetes



In the sprawling, privileged neighborhoods around L.A., bored teenagers with too much time and too much money string one hazy day into another, looking for the next thrill--doing suburban imitations of the thug life they idolize from rap music, video games and movies. When you're living without any consequences, anything can happen. And in the hot California summer six years ago, something did.

Inspired by true events, "Alpha Dog" follows three fateful days when the lives of a group of Southern California teens suddenly dead-ended. The film features a powerful ensemble cast including Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Emile Hirsch, Christopher Marquette, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Willis and is written and directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) controls the drugs on the well-manicured streets of his neighborhood. Where Johnny goes, the party, the girls and his loyal gang follow. When he's double-crossed over missing deal money by raging hothead Jake (Ben Foster), Johnny and his gang impulsively kidnap Jake's little brother, Zack (Anton Yelchin), holding him as a marker and heading to Palm Springs. With no parents in sight, they grow used to having the kid around, and Zack enjoys an illicit summer fantasy of drinking, girls and new experiences.

Out in the desert, Johnny and his boys lose sight that the kid is a hostage who can't just be neatly returned. As the days tick by, the options of how to get themselves out of their situation start to disappear. Good times turn bad and bad turns worse as Johnny finds himself out of his league and with no idea how to fix it...leading all these players toward a shocking conclusion they never saw coming.

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Justin Timberlake as Frankie Ballenbacher in New Line Cinema's "Alpha Dog" (2006)
Justin Timberlake in New Line Cinema's "Alpha Dog" (2006)

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“..it's dramatically solid and the impressions it leaves will not be easily shaken..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..the film's gripping final scenes do not necessarily constitute a satisfying film experience..”
by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
“..a riveting, darkly hilarious tale of disaffected youth..”
by Jim Hemphill [Reel]