DirectorGeorge Hickenlooper Music directorSteve Stevens Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 3, 1997 (1997-04-03) (LAIFF) CastRory Cochrane (Curtis Lasky), David Shackelford (Jessie Jim), Trevor St. John (Phillip Van Horn), Karen Black (Rose Van Horn), Natasha Gregson Wagner (Sara Ruth), Jon Favreau (Ezra Good) Similar moviesRelated George Hickenlooper movies
TaglineTwo guys. One girl. Someone loses.
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Dogtown is a 1997 American drama film by George Hickenlooper about life in the small town of Cuba, Missouri starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Jon Favreau, Rory Cochrane, Harold Russell, and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
A failed actor returns to his small hometown, unaware that he has become a local celebrity. Taking advantage of his newfound fame, he attempts to impress an old unrequited crush who has fallen into hard times.
Trevor St. John as Phillip Van Horn, failed actor who returns to his hometown, had crush on Dorothy in high school
Mary Stuart Masterson - Dorothy Sternen, former beauty queen, now an alcoholic and depressed hairdresser in off/on relationship with Ezra
Jon Favreau as Ezra Good, racist bully from Phillip's past; off/on relationship with Dorothy
Karen Black as Rose Van Horn, Phillip's mother who sings in a local band
Harold Russell as Blessed William, a war veteran who runs the cigar store This was Russell's final role before his death.
Natasha Gregson Wagner as Sara Ruth Van Horn, Phillip's sister and Rose's daughter who is mentally handicapped.
Rory Cochrane as Curtis Lasky, bully from Phillip's past; close friends with Ezra
The film was shot entirely in Torrance, California. Hickenlooper intentionally tried to make Ezra Good, Jon Favreau's character, compelling and worthy of the audience's interest despite his repellant racism. Shooting took 24 days. Russell's part was written for him, though he had to be persuaded to take the role.
Dogtown premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in April 1997.
Todd McCarthy of Variety called it an "occasionally amusing" melodrama that pales in comparison to Last Picture Show.
1998 Hermosa Beach Film Festival: Best Director (George Hickenlooper); Best Screenplay (George Hickenlooper); Best Actress (Karen Black)
1998 Newport Beach Film Festival: Best Director (George Hickenlooper)