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Dogtown Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A failed actor discovers how little it takes to be a V.I.P. in a small town -- and what can happen when you abuse that small amount of fame -- in this independent drama. Philip Van Horn (Trevor St. John) left his tiny hometown of Cuba, Missouri, to move to Hollywood, with big dreams of making it as an actor. Thirteen years later, Philip has nothing but a handful of walk-ons and bit parts to show for his ambitions, and he returns to Cuba to visit his mother Rose (Karen Black) feeling like a failure. However, most of the locals treat him as if he's a big shot -- after all, he's been in movies with Jeff Bridges and Molly Ringwald, so he must be some sort of star, right? Philip knows better, but he doesn't let on, since he hopes his new reputation in town will attract the attention of Dorothy (Mary Stuart Masterson), his unrequited crush from high school who still lives in Cuba. However, the last 13 years have been much crueler to Dorothy than Philip; she's now a depressed, alcoholic hairdresser involved with Ezra (Jon Favreau), a racist thug who thinks that blacks are to blame for his inability to get out of town. Dorothy and Philip soon fall into a romance, which does not please Ezra, who already has a number of local drug dealers after him. Karen Black and writer/director George Hickenlooper both won awards for their work on this film at the 1998 Hermosa Beach Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Mary Stuart Masterson
as Dorothy Sternen
Jon Favreau
as Ezra Good
Trevor St. John
as Philip Van Horn
Rory Cochrane
as Curtis Lasky
Karen Black
as Rose Van Horn
John Livingston
as Ted Essig
Shawnee Smith
as Tammy Hayes
Natasha Gregson Wagner
as Sara Ruth
Fuller French
as Harold
Blake Lindsley
as Betty Essig
Erin Murphy
as Lucy Sternen
David Shackelford
as Partner
Price Carson
as Cab Driver
Andrew Hawkes
as Brad Bradley
Christian Meoli
as Mickey Jenkins
David Shackelford
as Partner
Christian Meoli
as Mickey Jenkins
Rory Cochrane
as Curtis Lasky
Fuller French
as Harold
Blake Lindsley
as Betty Essig
Andrew Hawkes
as Brad Bradley
Price Carson
as Cab Driver
Karen Black
as Rose Van Horn
Trevor St. John
as Philip Van Horn
Natasha Gregson Wagner
as Sara Ruth
Erin Murphy
as Lucy Sternen
Shawnee Smith
as Tammy Hayes
John Livingston
as Ted Essig

Crew

George Hickenlooper
Director
Bradford L. Schlei
Producer
Donald Zuckerman
Producer
Michael Beugg
Producer
George Hickenlooper
Screenwriter
Kramer Morgenthau
Cinematographer
Valerie Remy-Milora
Editor
Heidi Levitt
Co-producer
Fuller French
Co-producer
John Perretti
Associate Producer
Leslie Zuckerman
Executive Producer
Mike Chapman
Executive Producer
Laura Paddock
Set Designer
Marybeth Hagner
First Assistant Director
Rick Montgomery
Casting
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