Pups

  • Ash

Overview

Two bored suburban kids looking for something to do get trapped in the wrong kind of excitement in the independent drama Pups. Stevie (Cameron Van Hoy) is a boy in his early teens, depressed and out of sorts, who half-heartedly attempts suicide without having the wherewithal to go the whole nine yards. When his girlfriend Rocky (Mischa Barton) shows up on her way to school, Stevie has just found his mother's gun while poking around the house. As they head off for class, Stevie brings the pistol along. They pass a...
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Overview

Two bored suburban kids looking for something to do get trapped in the wrong kind of excitement in the independent drama Pups. Stevie (Cameron Van Hoy) is a boy in his early teens, depressed and out of sorts, who half-heartedly attempts suicide without having the wherewithal to go the whole nine yards. When his girlfriend Rocky (Mischa Barton) shows up on her way to school, Stevie has just found his mother's gun while poking around the house. As they head off for class, Stevie brings the pistol along. They pass a bank along the way, and Stevie impulsively dashes in and decides to rob the place. Before Stevie and Rocky can get away, police and FBI agents arrive on the scene, and Stevie announces he's taking the customers inside the bank hostage. FBI negotiator Daniel Bender (Burt Reynolds) is sent to the scene of the crime; while it's quickly obvious to him that these are two kids pulling a prank that got out of hand, they're also armed and in the middle of a very dangerous situation, and Stevie's bursts of adolescent rage aren't making things run any smoother. Financed by a Japanese production company but written, directed, and starring American talent, Pups had its premier screening at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival -- only two days before two armed high school students went on a tragic killing spree in Littleton, CO.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Pups is an intense and provocative film about two suburban teens who impulsively rob a local bank. Writer/director Ash does a good job of capturing the ennui that drives these kids to their extreme action, and the tension among those caught in the ensuing hostage crisis. This kind of hostage drama has been done before, from The Petrified Forest to Dog Day Afternoon, but the fact that the criminals in Pups are in their early teens gives the film a topical edge. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, several real-life school shootings took place while Pups was on the festival circuit. Despite the attention the film got for its prescience and its insight into the phenomenon of teen violence and the fact that it's clearly aimed at an adult audience, distributors were probably concerned that picking up the film would make them look irresponsible or insensitive. The film is, for the most part, an effective ensemble piece. The performances are uneven, but there's particularly solid work from James Gordon as J.P., an irritable bank teller, and Darling Narita who was also impressive in Ash's debut feature Bang as Joy, a cool customer. Burt Reynolds, the only real "name" in the film, is also good as the beleaguered FBI man Bender, and Kurt Loder is very amusing playing himself, as the authorities comply with the two young criminals' demand to be on MTV. That said, the success of this claustrophobic crime drama completely hinges on the performances of Cameron Van Hoy as Stevie and Mischa Barton as his less enthusiastic partner in crime, Rocky. Van Hoy poignantly puts across Stevie's apparent attention deficit and his inarticulate hostility toward the world of adults. If Stevie didn't seem like such a real and basically ordinary teen, the film wouldn't be so compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2002
  • UPC: 723952075598
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Monarch Video
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Van Hoy Stevie
Mischa Barton Rocky
Burt Reynolds Daniel Bender
Adam Farrar Wheelchair Man
David Alan Graf Bank Manager
Kurt Loder Kurt Loder
James Gordon J.P.
Darling Narita Joy
Ed Metzger Mr. Edwards
Suzie Gordon Rio
Technical Credits
Ash Director, Producer
Carlos Arguello Cinematographer
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel M. Berger Producer, Production Designer
Stephanie Chao Casting
Bill Foster Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Foster Sound/Sound Designer
Kengo Kaji Associate Producer
Merrie Lawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenji Okuhira Associate Producer
Kazuyoshi Okuyama Executive Producer
Sachie Oyama Executive Producer
Michael D. Schultz Editor
Boro Vokodinovic Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Pups [4:51]
2. Something to Show You [3:01]
3. Walking to School [5:28]
4. Robbing the Bank [5:02]
5. We're On TV [8:52]
6. Surprised [1:23]
7. Confrontation [4:19]
8. Recollection [5:59]
9. You'll Burn in Hell [6:02]
10. Take the Money [5:43]
11. MTV Interview [9:40]
12. Pizza Delivery [9:06]
13. School Friends [1:44]
14. Flahsback [4:51]
15. What Do We Do? [11:14]
16. Shoot Me [4:16]
17. The Deal [2:51]
18. We're Coming Out [2:25]
19. Things Go Wrong [:31]
20. Credits [3:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitle: On
      Spanish Subtitle: Off
   Chapters
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