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Hounddog [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dakota Fanning , Piper Laurie , Deborah Kampmeier    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dakota Fanning, Piper Laurie, David Morse, Robin Wright Penn, Granoldo Frazier
  • Directors: Deborah Kampmeier
  • Writers: Deborah Kampmeier
  • Producers: Deborah Kampmeier, Darren VanCleave, Gabrielle Berberich, Henri M. Kessler, Jen Gatien
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hannover House
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NGQ70M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dakota Fanning (Man on Fire; The Runaways; Now is Good) stars in this controversial 2007 coming-of-age drama film written, directed, and produced by Deborah Kampmeier. She plays Lewellen, a precocious, troubled young girl living in 1950s-era Alabama who seeks solace in the music and movement of Elvis Presley. Also starring David Morse, Piper Laurie & Robin Wright Penn.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good film 26 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
despite the comtroversy surrounding this film i decided to watch it anyway and how glad i am that i did. it was very well made and contained some brilliant acting by the entire cast especiialy from the young Dakota Fanning who turned in a very impressive performance. i would recommend this film without hesitation. the only down point is that it does suffer from a lull in the middle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Rising Star 15 April 2010
By roger13
Format:DVD
I watched this upon recommendation from a friend and I'm pleased that I did. Miss Fanning's performance throughout this film is exceptionally mature and bodes well for her future in the industry.

The subject matter is downbeat so the film could not be described as a 'feelgood' movie. However, the writers keep things moving and hold your interest to the end. Some debate has centred around a short rape scene involving the central character but this is handled well, is not graphic or revealing, and is essential to the plot.

All in all, a worthy effort which showcases Dakota Fanning's talent to good effect.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Controversial and wonderful 9 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
The controversy surrounding this film has meant that its release was a long drawn out process. A shame therefore that as a result, the brief but emotional rape scene which overshadowed the whole production, has detracted from the wonderful performances.
It has been argued that this did Dakota Fannings career no good - time will tell. What is certain, is that her performace was stunning and easily worthy of an award. But the establishment would never reward a film with such a delicte subject matter.
If you like films with stong acting and lovely cinematography, this will definately appeal. Some tissues required.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  101 reviews
313 of 343 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the prudish critics 25 July 2009
By johnny Rotten - Published on Amazon.com
In case you are not aware, this film was slammed down really hard by the professional critics in general, earning something like %16 on rotten tomatoes (that's a really, really poor rating). The reason behind this immediate outrage against the film is quite obvious: we live in a society that is overly paranoid about childhood sexuality - the most taboo of all topics. This film isn't the least bit afraid to portray a 12 year old girl who is blooming sexually and exploring the power and creativity of (as well as learning the horrible dangers of) her sexuality. The fact that said girl is America's beloved, sweet Dakota Fanning only made the pill all the more bitter for the critics to swallow.

If you ask me, Fanning's character is amazingly realistic. Wake-up-call to the world: girls don't suddenly become sexual at 18! Of course a 12 year old can be curious, of course a 12 year old can be sexy. The fact that Dakota is walking around in her panties throughout most the film is realistic too, at least it would have been during that era in the poverty-stricken deep south, as are many other details in this movie, like the way the adults don't take issue with a 12-year-old taking a sip of beer or puffing a cig. And moreover, if you see a girl playing in her panties and it bothers you so much, I think it says more about your own sexual issues than the movie's.

The movie has a beautiful message about art through suffering. But it also has many other themes, among them childhood innocence and gender roles. I think even the harshest critic will agree that Dakota does an amazing job (she really just might be the greatest child actor of all time). Above all I enjoyed the film's beautiful cinematography & color palate - calm blues and soft browns and dusty yellows throughout. The night scenes with the fireflies are especially magical.
109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of a young girl 15 May 2009
By Ankur Mukherjee - Published on Amazon.com
To be honest, I was very amazed, shocked and surprised. I didn't have a lot of expectations from this film, but after a few glimpses, I realized its always good not to have any expectations at all, because when you get more than expected, you feel good. This film is one gem of a film. Its very rare you come across a strong and different film like this. Dakota is very daring, very matured young lady, she gives a very smart performence, I have really started to adore her. Her chemistry with her father (played by David Morse) in the film is excellent. The film will steal your breath and heart away. I now really see that 2008 definately has some really good films to offer, the rape scene I believe was quite natural, it was quite valid for the theme of the film. This film is excellent in every sence, not so often is a film with so much perfection knocks at your tv screen. Beautifull locations of the South, wonderfull performences make the film excellent. I consider myself to own the DVD. Definately worth a watch.
93 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dakota is BRILLIANT! 14 April 2009
By The Blu-ray Boy - Published on Amazon.com
What a great movie! Dakota did a wonderful job in this role. I can't believe another reviewer gave this gem a 1 STAR rating because of the "insinuated" rape scene. I thought it was handled very well, as there was no actual touching on screen AT ALL. Geesh, the rape scene in "The Entity" was much more graphic than this lol! I'm sure rape was a common thing back in the 60's in the deep, rural south and went unreported most of the time. It adds stark realism to the story, and I'm glad the writer, director & producer Deborah Kampmeier (yes, a woman) didn't sterilize it into another typical Hollywood Movie Machine film that conforms to what a bunch of no-brainers want to be bored by. This is definitely one of my favorite films so far this year.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, YES... Titillating, NO. 25 July 2010
By P David - Published on Amazon.com
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If you watched this film and found it even slightly erotic, then I would suggest that you cancel your Sears catalog because, in comparison, the Sears catalog will likely send you into orgasmic convulsions. I truly don't understand some of the negative reviews; the "underwear scenes" were not in the least bit revealing, unless you consider Mormon underwear erotic (and I live in Utah). There were NO scenes that showed Ms. Fanning in her underwear that were not germane to the story, and even in those circumstances, you will not find them to be the least bit erotic unless you are helplessly and hopelessly attracted to baggy cotton undies. Truly, if those reviewers who found this to be be erotic ACTUALLY WATCHED this film, my recommendation to them would be to lock their doors and avoid ANY of the following: Sears catalogs, Macy's advertisements, WalMart flyers, etc. They will quite possibly find National Geographic to be fatally sexual. Now for the film. This was a beautiful depiction of poverty in the deep south (but it could have been anywhere) and it's affect on those who must live with it. Piper Laurie seems almost to have reprised her CARRIE role as a Bible thumping caretaker, placing her religious beliefs over her acceptance of her daughter. Dakota is a young girl who finds music, specifically Elvis, to be her escape from her life. She is betrayed by her best friend and ends up in a situation that she neither asks for nor can control as she tries to get tickets to an Elvis concert that she wants to attend. The "horrific" rape scene that has upset some shows a closeup of Dakota Fanning's head and hand.... nothing more. The scene is truly horrific, however, as it occurs in real life more often than we would like to admit. The ramifications for Dakota and others are depicted in their brutal detail, and the ending is both tragic and hopeful. The symbolism of snakes and the role of African-Americans in the film may be a bit over the top and stereotypical, but not so much as to be distracting. I would have liked to have seen more of the reactions of some of the supporting characters, but there is a limit to what you can do in the time allotted. If you are looking for light entertainment, do not watch this film. If, on the other hand, you like to be challenged and find thought provoking films worth watching, then you should definitely watch Hounddog.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the dark side of grits 28 April 2010
By Grit Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Having grown up in the deep South in the 60's - this film hit hard. Disturbingly realistic on the racial differences, poverty issues and the vast difference between the privileged wealthy keeping up appearances and the poverty trapped individuals trying to merely survive. Dakota is amazing - as was her character in the movie. The rape scene was most disturbing - mainly in the fact that as a survivor of same, it was horrific to watch - even though a movie - very real and happening to young girls in her character's situation to this day. To see her trust and innocense taken away so violently was sickening - but real. That scene had little to do with sexuality - only her enthusiasm for Elvis pelvis music and her soul connecting with the music had to do with her sexuality. The rape - was/is a violent crime of POWER and CONTROL aganinst the body and spirit. The most amazing part of the movie was the healing power of her black friend that played the blues - he was awesome. I was fortunate enough to have some black people in my life that helped raise me and gave me more exposure to soul than my white family. I cried and cheered at the scene where he lifted her depleted little body wrought with the evil attack on her and lifted her up physically and brought her lifeless body to wail out that deep lifesucking angst out with song. He was pure soul - thank god for the revival of the spirit. People/Life/poverty/circumstance can beat you down to no end - but the spirit can rise above the worst kinds of circumstance and violence against the self. Dakota was off the chart amazing in her character in this film. In spite of the horrible circumstances life dealt her, she was a loyal and obedient daughter and granddaughter - unlike most juvenile delinquents running around today. She held on to her comittments until she had enough of the killing of her spirit - and finally chose Life. Absolutely powerful.
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