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Inspired by a true story. When a group of suburban teens imitating the 'thug life' end up committing an impulsive crime, circumstances spiral out of control toward a shocking conclusion.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 204212222
UPC 025193250629
UPC 14 00025193250629
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Alan Heim - Editor
Alan Petherick - Art Director
Alan Thicke - Actor
Bruce Willis - Actor
Dominique Swain - Actor
Emile Hirsch - Actor
Harry Dean Stanton - Actor
Justin Timberlake - Actor
Nick Cassavetes - Director
Nick Cassavetes - Writer
Robert Fraisse - Cinematographer
Robert Geringer - Executive Producer
Sharon Stone - Actor
Shawn Hatosy - Actor
Sidney Kimmel - Producer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Alpha Dog] illustrates that not all master criminals are masterminds and that not all "nerds gone wild" stories have happy endings. Director Nick Cassavetes should be commended for the unflinching manner in which he tells the story - it packs a punch...Cassavetes approaches the subject matter with a clear eye and a gallows sense of humor. Most of Alpha Dog's jokes are dark, darker, and darkest. The film is designed to make viewers feel uncomfortable and it punctuates that success with a gut-punch, even though we know what's coming. Cassavetes isn't interested in generating suspense; this is more of a study of human nature. The picture he paints isn't pretty but, by all accounts, it's accurate at least insofar as generalities are concerned. Alpha Dog isn't a happy movie, but it's dramatically solid and the impressions it leaves will not be easily shaken.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review Not since David Lynch followed the sex-and-violence-drenched Lost Highway with the genial Disney film The Straight Story has there been a more stunning shift in styles than what director Nick Cassavetes exhibits in Alpha Dog. Cassavetes's previous film, The Notebook, was a sentimental romance without a cynical bone in its body, but Alpha Dog is a profane, enthusiastically hedonistic ode to teen sex and substance abuse that makes River's Edge look like Pretty in Pink. Yet while The Notebook and Alpha Dog couldn't appeal to more different demographics, they're equally satisfying in terms of performance and visual style--like the directors of the old studio system, Cassavetes is a filmmaker of enormous range, and in Alpha Dog he delivers a riveting, darkly hilarious tale of disaffected youth.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 9
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Claudia Puig, USA Today ...a gritty, gut-wrenching and disturbing film.
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...[Timberlake] manages to be both reprehensible and deeply charismatic, and winds up stealing the picture.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly In his best film to date, Nick Cassavetes directs with ferocious energy...
Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail Like "Rebel"...this film excels at capturing the nervous posturing of adolescent boys marking their territory...
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...extraordinary naturalism...a real eye-opener.

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