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Havoc (2005)

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Two affluent suburban girls clash with the Latino gang culture of East Los Angeles.

Director:

Barbara Kopple

Writers:

Stephen Gaghan (story), Jessica Kaplan (story) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Hathaway ... Allison Lang
Bijou Phillips ... Emily
Shiri Appleby ... Amanda
Michael Biehn ... Stuart Lang
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Sam
Matt O'Leary ... Eric
Freddy Rodríguez ... Hector
Laura San Giacomo ... Joanna Lang
Mike Vogel ... Toby
Raymond Cruz ... Chino
Alexis Dziena ... Sasha
Channing Tatum ... Nick
Jose Vasquez ... Manuel (as Johnny Vasquez)
Luis Robledo ... Ace
Sam Hennings ... Mr. Rubin
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Storyline

A pair of naive young girls learn that even the most insignificant actions can have lasting consequences. Influenced by the hip-hop thug lifestyle and seeking to explore life outside of their insulated, culturally homogenized suburb, pretty young teenagers Allison and Emily set their sights on East L.A. to experience the "gangsta" lifestyle firsthand. By the time the pair meet a ruthless Mexican drug dealer named Hector, some true-life Latino gang-bangers, and realize just how far out of their element they really are, it may already be too late to turn back. Written by Giancarlos Calderon

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Too much is never enough See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, violence, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 October 2005 (Armenia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Powers That Be See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Channing Tatum were in three films together: Havoc (2005), Stop-Loss (2008) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). They were also in the the TV series Comrade Detective (2017) together, and the short Morgan and Destiny's Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Allison is talking to her dad at work, he has a water bottle in his hands when the camera is on him the lid is on, but when it turns to Allison the lid is off. It does this for a couple times. See more »

Quotes

Allison: Both are examples of legal profiteering from illegal activities.
Teacher: You want to connect the dots?
Allison: Economics and ethics, don't mix. Um, individuals and governments. Both pursue their own self-interest often, uh, carelessly and no one's really willing to take responsibility for anything.
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Alternate Versions

"R" rated theatrical and international version running time is 86 minutes. Unrated and extended DVD version running time is 93 minutes. The unrated and extended DVD version was edited by New Line Home Entertainment. See more »


Soundtracks

No Me Dejen Sola Con El
Written by Mario Pupparo, Hector Martinez, Soraya and Vanessa Manchaca
Performed by Las Nenas
Courtesy of EMI International
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much like "Closer"
29 November 2005 | by CovinSSee all my reviews

The film "Closer" (2004) was never meant to be liked, just revealing. I felt the same vibe resonate throughout the eighty-six minutes of Havoc. It's not at all meant to be a film you'll necessarily respect, favor, prefer, or like--the film is simply meant to show you the stupidity of the rap/gang culture. The emptiness, the lack of emotion and integrity that is showcased throughout the generation. A previous review stated that all the actors were terrible in this film, that there was no plot, and virtually nothing in the movie in the first place. I agree to an extent; there is no plot in the lifestyle, no purpose. However, I believe the actors actually gave surprising performances, Joseph Gordon-Lewitt the most convincing; I didn't even recognize him for a moment. The filming was well done with a few gag-me exceptions; most angles were appropriate for the scenes (though the sexual situations *definitely* could have used a little more imagination).

Overall, there could have been more to the film than what we're left with. This could be attributed to the death of the original screenwriter in 2003, or it could be the director's execution. However, I still stand by my opinion that it's worth watching, but that you probably won't desire to see it again.


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