Alpha Dog

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Universal Pictures Released 2007

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Director:
Nick Cassavetes
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

Alpha Dog is a 2007 crime drama about Jesse James Hollywood, the youngest person to ever be on the FBI's most wanted list. The film uses alternate names to protect the innocent, but Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) is based off of Hollywood. The film follows the young drug dealer and his circle of gang member friends in a suburban neighborhood in Claremont, CA. His friends include Frankie Ballenbacher (Justin Timberlake), Tiko Martinez (Fernando Vargas), and Elvis Schmidt (Shawn Hatosy). Bruce Willis plays the role of Johnny's father. The film follows the story and events in the year 2000 that lead up to the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Zack Mazursky, the younger brother of Jake Mazursky who happens to owe Johnny a lot of money. When Jake refuses to pay Johnny the money owed, Johnny kidnaps Zack and holds him for ransom. Oddly, the kidnapping turns into a friendship between Johnny and Zack, but one that never-the-less ends in Zack untimely death.

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  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    Writer-director Nick Cassavetes' sprawling dramatization recklessly blurs the line between reconstruction and reality in ways that are admittedly interesting, if more than a little...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The cretins rule in Alpha Dog, which has much the same entertainment value you get from watching monkeys fling scat at one another in a zoo or reading the latest issue of Star maga...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    In a film with several over-the-top characters bordering on camp, Timberlake's Frankie is the only one who approaches three dimensions, adept at convincingly dishing out some of th...

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Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

Sonny Truelove

Ben Foster (I)

Ben Foster (I)

Jake Mazursky

Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch

Johnny Truelove

Shawn Hatosy

Shawn Hatosy

Elvis Schmidt

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Olivia Mazursky

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Frankie Ballenbacher

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Drama

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Crime