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Alpha Dog (2006)

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Biography, Crime, Drama |

Alpha Dog is a American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes based on the true story of the kidnapping and murder of Nicholas Markowitz in 2000. It was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on January 12, 2007. Starring Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Wilde, and Amanda Seyfried with Harry Dean Stanton, Sharon Stone, and Bruce Willis.

In 1999, Johnny Truelove is a young drug dealer living in the San Gabriel Valley, in Southern California. His father, Sonny, supplies him with marijuana, which Johnny distributes to his gang of friends, which include Frankie Ballenbacher, Johnny’s right-hand man; Tiko Martinez, the muscle of the group; Elvis Schmidt, a ridiculed member of the group who is indebted to Johnny; and Jake Mazursky, a short-tempered junkie who is also in debt with Johnny.

Jake goes to his parents’ home in Claremont and makes a failed attempt at borrowing money from his father Butch and stepmother Olivia, who themselves are dealing with their other rebellious son: Zack Mazursky, Jake’s younger half-brother who looks up to him. That night, a fight breaks out between Jake and Johnny when the former tries to pay Johnny only part of his debt. After back and forth escalating retaliation, Johnny brings Frankie and Tiko to go and confront Jake in person, but when they arrive at his apartment he is nowhere to be found.

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Nick Cassavetes

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Harry Dean Stanton, Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis

Cast:

Bruce WillisSonny Truelove
Matthew BarryInterviewer (as Matt Barry)
Emile HirschJohnny Truelove
Fernando VargasTiko ‘TKO’ Martinez
Vincent KartheiserPick Giaimo
Justin TimberlakeFrankie Ballenbacher
Shawn HatosyElvis Schmidt
Alex SolowitzBobby ‘911’
Alec VigilP.J. Truelove
Harry Dean StantonCosmo Gadabeeti
Frank CassavetesAdrian Jones
Nicole DubosNeighborhood Girl on Couch
Regina RiceDance Bitch Girl
Laura NativoParty Girl
Ben FosterJake Mazursky
David ThorntonButch Mazursky
Anton YelchinZack Mazursky
Sharon StoneOlivia Mazursky
Olivia WildeAngela Holden
Heather WahlquistWanda Haynes
Jesse ErwinEmployee
Paul JohanssonPeter Johansson
Danny A. AbeckaserLatino Youth #1 (as Danny Abeckaser)
James MolinaLatino Youth #2 (as James A. Molina)
Nancy De MayoDale Dierker (as Nancy DeMayo)
Xan CassavetesJonna Kirshner
Chuck PachecoChucky Mota
Frank PelusoGay ‘Lumpy’ Yeager
Shera DaneseAbby
Greg WilliamsDe Rosa
Joshua AlbaKlemash
Shirley KurataLu
Patrick NguyenV.C.
Chris KinkadeJuergen Ballenbacher
Dominique SwainSusan Hartunian
Chris MarquetteKeith Stratten (as Christopher Marquette)
Alex KingstonTiffany Hartunian
Amanda SeyfriedJulie Beckley
Charity SheaSabrina Pope
Bobby CooperBob Nolder
Stephanie A. FowlerDelores Stratten (as Stephanie Fowler)
Natasha ElliottBathroom Party Girl
Amber HeardAlma
Janet JonesElaine Holden (as Janet Jones Gretzky)
Alan ThickeDouglas Holden
Rick SalomonSalesman
Lukas HaasBuzz Fecske
Adrianna BelanLeigh Fecske
Holt McCallanyDetective Tom Finnegan
Heather Elizabeth ParkhurstBartender (as Heather-Elizabeth Parkhurst)
Mario Ardila Jr.Santa Fe Kid (uncredited)
Matt BorlenghiJohn Kirschner (uncredited)
Curt ClendeninBar Patron (uncredited)
Devin KaminAdditional VO (uncredited)
Angela MerylParty Girl (uncredited)
Bernadette PerezBar Girl (uncredited)
Emilio RosoUndercover Cop (uncredited)
SadieDale Dierker’s Dog (uncredited)
Kristen WilliamsReporter (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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