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Hounddog (2007)

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Granoldo Frazier ...
Band Member D (as Grenaldo Frazier)
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Buddy
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Grammie
Charlie Lucas ...
Band Member A
Herman McCloud ...
Band Member B
Chandler McIntyre ...
Buddy's Mother
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Daddy
Robin Mullins ...
Marge
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Charles
Tom Oppenheim ...
Mechanic
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Bartender
Ryan Pelton ...
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Stranger Lady (as Robin Wright Penn)
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A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Every heart has an awakening. Every soul needs a song. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a disturbing sexual assault of a young girl, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,744 (USA) (21 September 2008)

Gross:

$128,092 (USA) (7 December 2008)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Deborah Kampmeier wrote the script in 1996. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Dakota Fanning (Lewellen) is lying in the bed, the character played by Robin Wright Penn asks her to sing her an Elvis song. She sings part of "Can't Help Falling In Love" which was not recorded until 1961 for the movie "Blue Hawaii". See more »

Quotes

Stranger Lady: Lewellen, I'm sorry. I just... I had some things I had to tend to back at home.
Lewellen: [mimicking her] Oh, I just had such busy, busy things to do. I just forgot all about 'em, plumb forgot. Silly me.
Stranger Lady: I'm sorry. I shouldna said that about your daddy, that he was gonna leave with me. He didn't say that.
Lewellen: Oh, I've known your daddy for a long, long time. He's always comin' back. I didn't just meet your daddy at some local bar like I did this man towin' my car. I've known him for a long time. Oh, rescue me!...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Searched the Whole World Over
Written by Phyllis Otis (as Phillis Otis)
Performed by Big Mama Thornton
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Ultimately very disappointing.
24 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bad film. It is not really Dakota's fault, but to be honest I wasn't really impressed with her this time around. I felt like she was a little too much, a little too melodramatic, and definitely not as real as she is in her other films. The real problems with this film lie in the directing, the script, and the pacing. It's poorly filmed (though beautifully lensed), the script panders to too many stereotypes to even enumerate, and even though it's very short, it crawls along.

All the controversy about the rape is unfounded, too, because it actually is only a very small piece of the movie. You see her face twice and her hand once, and you hear her. I'd say it was 45 seconds. Maybe not even that long.

Anyways, color me disappointed. Definitely not worth all the hype, and I really wish Dakota could have found a better filmmaker(s) and film(s) during all the time she wasted as this film sat in preproduction. I hope this doesn't affect her career too much.


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