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Hounddog
     

Hounddog

3.5 4
Director: Deborah Kampmeier

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Cody Hanford, Piper Laurie

 
A precocious but troubled young girl living in 1950s-era Alabama seeks solace in the music of Elvis Presley in director Deborah Kampmeier's controversial tale of childhood trauma and musical healing. An air of repression lingers over the home of spirited youngster Lewellen (Dakota Fanning), who finds both comfort in the music of pop

Overview

A precocious but troubled young girl living in 1950s-era Alabama seeks solace in the music of Elvis Presley in director Deborah Kampmeier's controversial tale of childhood trauma and musical healing. An air of repression lingers over the home of spirited youngster Lewellen (Dakota Fanning), who finds both comfort in the music of pop sensation Presley, as well as a place to store her pain and anger. In time Lewellen begins to find her own voice, a voice that will instill her with the strength to move beyond the pain of her past and into a more hopeful future. Piper Laurie, David Morse, and Robin Wright Penn star in a period drama that made its debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
UPC:
0761450121539
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Hannover House
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

"Light Out of Darkness: The Making of Hounddog"; Theatrical trailer; Photo gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dakota Fanning Lewellen
Cody Hanford Buddy
Piper Laurie Granny
David Morse Daddy
Afemo Omilami Charles
Robin Wright Strange Lady
Isabelle Fuhrman Grasshopper
Ron Prather Truck Driver
Jill Scott Big Mama Thornton

Technical Credits
Deborah Kampmeier Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jessica Agullo Set Decoration/Design
Stacey Bakula Executive Producer
Gabrielle Berberich Co-producer
Matthew Campbell Asst. Director
Rebecca Cleary Executive Producer
Jim Czarnecki Co-producer
Bill Davis Art Director
Jim Denault Cinematographer
Raye Dowell Producer
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Craig Fincannon Casting
Scott Franklin Executive Producer
Jen Gatien Producer
Tim Grimes Production Designer
Sabine Hoffman Editor
Henri Kessler Executive Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Terry Leonard Producer
Leigh Leverett Costumes/Costume Designer
Me'Shell NdegéOcello Score Composer
Michael Rayle Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Robbins Producer
Kathi Scharer Co-producer
Gisburg Smialek Score Composer
Kelly R. Tenney Co-producer
Stephen Thompson Cinematographer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Robin Wright Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hounddog
1. Opening Credits [9:03]
2. Can't Sing the Blues [4:39]
3. Making Lemonade [10:16]
4. Daddy [9:17]
5. Snakes [9:28]
6. I Saw Elvis [7:58]
7. A Ticket [4:23]
8. Church [10:51]
9. A Return [10:58]
10. You Can't Let Them Win [10:41]
11. I Couldn't Breathe [4:35]
12. End Credits [6:07]

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Hounddog 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Deborah Kampmeier has written and directed an atmospheric film about life in the South (Alabama to be specific) in the 1950s, using this confused period of time to examine how a child can rise out of her squalid surroundings, replacing her disappointments in expectations of family, friends, and trauma with tenuous grip on the dream of becoming a performer like her idol Elvis Presley. Fortunate for Kampmeier she cast the rather amazing young Dakota Fanning to inhabit the role of the feisty but abused Lewellen, a headstrong prepubescent girl whose mother deserted her at birth, leaving her to live with her abusive Lothario, worthless father (David Morse) whose current paramour is his ex-wife's sister (Robin Wright Penn) who leaves Lewellen also when the father's abuse and desertion overwhelm. Lewellen's sole friend is young Buddy (Cody Sanford) who shares show and tell games with Lewellen until a promise to find tickets for an Elvis Presley concert includes a 'favor' for Buddy's older friend (the rape sequence that is germinal to the film and all the more powerful for its lack of graphic detail). Lewellen's life crumbles: even her Bible thumping grandmother (Piper Laurie) can't console her, her only support comes form her old African American friend (Afemo Omilami) who is Lewellen's sole visionary source for Lewellen's gift for music and soul jazz. Some change comes when Lewellen's father is struck by lightning, ending his career of philandering and making him dependent on Lewellen for all his needs. How Lewellen rises out of all of this stagnation and arrives at an important life change forms the resolution to this story. There is not a lot that is novel about this film, but the flavor of the missing connections is improved by the general feeling of the Southern situation in the 50s well captured by the camera work and the music. Dakota Fanning continues to show a remarkable degree of depth in her talent as an actress. Watching the film for her performance alone is worth the time. Grady Harp
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