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Dogtown (1998)






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A failed actor discovers how little it takes to be a V.I.P. in a small town -- and what can happen when you abuse that small amount of fame -- in this independent drama. Philip Van Horn (Trevor St. John) left his tiny hometown of Cuba, Missouri, to move to Hollywood, with big dreams of making it as an actor. Thirteen years later, Philip has nothing but a handful of walk-ons and bit parts to show for his ambitions, and he returns to Cuba to visit his mother Rose (Karen Black) feeling like a failure. However, most of the locals treat him as if he's a big shot -- after all, he's been in movies with Jeff Bridges and Molly Ringwald, so he must be some sort of star, right? Philip knows better, but he doesn't let on, since he hopes his new reputation in town will attract the attention of Dorothy (Mary Stuart Masterson), his unrequited crush from high school who still lives in Cuba. However, the last 13 years have been much crueler to Dorothy than Philip; she's now a depressed, alcoholic hairdresser involved with Ezra (Jon Favreau), a racist thug who thinks that blacks are to blame for his inability to get out of town. Dorothy and Philip soon fall into a romance, which does not please Ezra, who already has a number of local drug dealers after him. Karen Black and writer/director George Hickenlooper both won awards for their work on this film at the 1998 Hermosa Beach Film Festival.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: George Hickenlooper
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002


Harold Russell
as Blessed William
Price Carson
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Dogtown

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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
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George Hickenlooper's "Dogtown" rests in the long, lean shadow of Peter Bogdanovich's classic "Last Picture Show."

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Dogtown

Not a bad movie. Jon Favreau was the best actor, followed by Mary Stuart Masterson. Not a very happy picture though. I like the score by Steve Stevens; sounds like a cross between Neil Young and Sheryl Crow, in places. Sheryl Crow is from Missouri.

Jim Brosnan

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