Alpha Dog

(USA/Germany, 2005, 115 minutes)

A teenage L. A. drug dealer and his gang of friends get in way over their heads when a minor debt blows into a major beef and they unwittingly kidnap a young man. Intriguing true-crime melodrama that loosely fictionalizes a real-life case, but despite very strong acting from fresh talent it tends to fall on the side of the moralizing cautionary tale.

Universal Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment present a VIP Medienfonds 2/A-Mark Entertainment production. Starring Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Emile Hirsch, Christopher Marquette, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Lukas Haas, Alex Kingston, Harry Dean Stanton, Dominique Swain, David Thornton, Heather Wahlquist, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Solowitz, Fernando Vargas, Olivia Wilde; with Sharon Stone; and Bruce Willis. Directed and written by Nick Cassavetes; produced by Sidney Kimmel, Chuck Pacheco; music by Aaron Zigman; director of photography (DeLuxe, widescreen), Robert Fraisse; production designer, Dominic Watkins; costume designer, Sara Jane Slotnick; film editor, Alan Heim.


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