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Red (2008)

A reclusive man sets out for justice and redemption when three troublesome teens kill his dog for no good reason.

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Stephen Susco (screenplay), Jack Ketchum (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cox ... Avery Ludlow
Noel Fisher ... Danny
Kyle Gallner ... Harold
Shiloh Fernandez ... Pete
Kim Dickens ... Carrie
Marcia Bennett ... Emma
Richard Riehle ... Sam
Tom Sizemore ... Mr. McCormack
Ashley Laurence ... Mrs. McCormack
Robert Englund ... Mr. Doust
Amanda Plummer ... Mrs. Doust
Keith Buterbaugh ... Dean
Jack Ketchum Jack Ketchum ... Bartender (as Dallas Mayr)
Delaney Williams ... Gun Shop Manager
Tate Ellington ... Gun Shop Clerk
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Storyline

An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means available to him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They should have told the truth.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rastros de Vingança See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,176, 10 August 2008

Gross USA:

$4,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,731
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Billy Goat Pictures, Tenk See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Cox has been in three movies named "Red". The others being RED (2010) and RED 2 (2013). He also appeared in Red Eye (2005). See more »

Quotes

Carrie Donnel: How come you don't have any pictures of your sons?
Avery Ludlow: I don't have any sons.
Carrie Donnel: Yes, you do. Sam told me.
Avery Ludlow: He shouldn't have.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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A Part Of Me
Written by Rick Garcia and Rene Reyes
Performed by THE GREEN CAR MOTEL
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How much is that doggy in the window?
23 April 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I haven't read anything from author Jack Ketchum's novella repertoire yet and this is only the first movie adaptation of his work that I watched, but nevertheless I had high expectations because he has a wide and loyal fan base, which includes several people whose opinions I value enormously. The basic plot description makes "Red" sound like a raw and primitive vigilante/revenge thriller – the type of film that "Death Wish" spawned a truckload of in the 1970's – but the truth is that this is much more of a compelling drama and detailed character study rather than a gratuitously violent thriller. Thanks to the, hands down, brilliant tour-de-force acting performance of Brian Cox and the recognizable defaults in our modern day society (like abuse of power and derailed youth), "Red" is a saddening and diligent fable about one man's consistent quest for justice where others would have given up long time ago already. Avery Ludlow is a small town's store owner who enjoys nothing more than to go fishing in his fixed and idyllic little spot, accompanied by his old but faithful dog Red. Red is Avery's dearest impedimenta, as it was a present from his deceased wife. When a trio of adolescent thugs, on the lookout for money and kicks, cruelly and cold-heartedly kill Red with a headshot, Avery obviously seeks retaliation. He confronts the boys' father with indisputable facts and asks for an appropriate punishment, but since Mr. McCormack is an obnoxious and wealthy local businessman, the accusations are simply laughed away. Moreover, when Avery seeks help and support around town, McCormack uses his political influence to obstruct him. Especially the first half of "Red" is extremely powerful and fascinating. The dramatic event at the fishing lake, Avery's first acquaintance with the arrogant Michael McCormack (fitting role for Tom Sizemore) and his first attempts to acquire justice are all masterfully accomplished sequences that literally ooze with suspense and craftsmanship. I watched this movie at the annual Fantastic Film Festival in my country, amidst a whole gathering of usually outrageous and bloodthirsty horror freaks, but I assure the audience was dead quiet and staring at the screen with eyes and mouth wide open during these intense sequences. The second half is unfortunately a lot less impressive, on the very of disappointing even, due to a handful of far-fetched twists and illogical sequences. The escalation of the vendetta between Avery and the McCormack family are simply too implausible to take seriously and the climax is too violent to fit in with the overall tone of the film. Nonetheless this is a remarkable and long-haunting film with a lot of heart & passion. The major stars receive excellent support from familiar B-movie faces, like Robert Englund, Amanda Plummer and Ashley Laurence. Particularly that last one was a refreshment to see again, as she hasn't appeared in a half-decent movie since she depicted the lovable Kirsty Cotton in "Hellraiser".


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