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Dogtown (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | October 1997 (USA)
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Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Cochrane ... Curtis Lasky
David Shackelford ... Jessie Jim
Trevor St. John ... Phillip Van Horn
Price Carson ... Cab Driver
Karen Black ... Rose Van Horn
Bradford L. Schlei Bradford L. Schlei ... Terry (as Brad Lindsley)
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Sara Ruth
Ryan James Ryan James ... Young Phillip
Jennifer Ingersoll Jennifer Ingersoll ... Young Dorothy (as Jennifer A. Ingersoll)
John Livingston ... Ted Essig
Harold Russell ... Blessed William
Gary Walkow Gary Walkow ... Balding Man
Theodore Clarfield Theodore Clarfield ... Young Ezra
Blayn Barbosa Blayn Barbosa ... Young Curtis
Jon Favreau ... Ezra Good


Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like some kind of celebrity and movie star. He uses it to impress his (and everybody's) school love Dorothy, her life now a grey boring experience. Written by Anonymous

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Two guys. One girl. Someone loses.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Torrance, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Harold Russell's final film appearance. See more »


At least twice, Ezra Good (Jon Favreau) refers to his car as a Trans Am. The car he is shown driving is actually a Camaro. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


We Want the Same Things Out of Life
Written by Bob Merrill
Published by Golden Bell Songs (ASCAP)
Courtesy of All Nations Productions
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Small town USA laid bare for all to see.
14 May 2000 | by dannyllSee all my reviews

Philip returns home to find himself after failing n Hollywood. The small town folks of Cuba, however, seem to think he has made the big time and treat him accordingly. There are a few cliches in Cuba - the bored sheriff, the benevolent old war veteran, the wanna-be's, has beens and the ne'er-do-wells. Philip finds his mother in a de-facto relationship with one of the latter, an itinerant musician who doesn't say much but has a band which like to play early in the morning next to Philip's room. There is not a lot happening but the alcohol and testosterone flow thick and fast around these parts. Enter Dorothy, Philip's fixation since she teased him in kindergarten - she has been having a hard time of it lately and having an incestuous layabout for a father and a stormy relationship with the churlish Ezra has her pondering the dilemma "to be - or not to be". Will Philip be her knight in shining armour or should he concentrate on saving himself while he still can? Excellent cinematography and dialogue makes this a worthwhile vehicle, but watch out for the roadkill as you are passing through.

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