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Dog Days of Summer (2008)

Will Patton , Richard Herd , Mark Freiburger  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Will Patton, Richard Herd, R. Keith Harris, Colin Ford, Devon Gearhart
  • Directors: Mark Freiburger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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It was a summer like any other in this sleepy southern town, until a mysterious drifter named Eli Cottonmouth charms the townsfolk with a simple proposition for their upcoming anniversary celebration. But behind this picture-perfect community, two boys will now discover a secret world of mysteries, lies and tragedy that will change all their lives forever.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Days of Summer - a Diamond in the Rough August 10, 2009
By Aglio
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The movie Dog Days of Summer is a diamond in the rough.

I bought this movie because I'm a fan of Will Patton's work. While he's been in some really bad movies, he's rarely given a bad performance. So, after reading several good reviews, I decided to buy this DVD. It's a good movie that could have been better.

The main problem is the script. The writing is very uneven, the plot confusing and the character development weak. Which is a shame, because the acting by Devon Gearhart and Colin Ford, as the two young friends Phil and Jackson, is very good.

The script is confusing because I don't think the writers knew what they wanted the story to be. Another reviewer mentioned how similar this movie is to an episode of the Twilight Zone called A Stop at Willoughby. In it, a business man laments his life in the modern world and longs for something simpler.

Is the movie trying to be a coming of age story ? Is it supposed to be a Christian allegory ? Is it supposed to be a supernatural suspense like the Twilight Zone ? It's never quite clear what the message is supposed to be.

That being said, the story is about an adult returning to the town, where he grew up, for one last look. It begins in the present and there are flashbacks to the past. When the past is is unclear. It could be the 70s or even the 80s.

When Philip remembers the town, it's idyllic, a paradise just like Eden and one summer, into Eden comes Eli Cottonmouth. Is he a snake as his name suggests ? Eli Cottonmouth arrives in this Eden with a proposition i.e. to create a model of the town for their 250th anniversary. If you listen to Philip's narrative thoughts of Eli, he is the music man. He's dangerous. Which is what attracts Philip and his friend to him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but uneven first directorial effort September 5, 2010
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I became aware of this little known film as a result of seeing
and purchasing "Canvas", a 2006 film starring Joe Pantoliano and
Marcia Gay Harden, and a then 11 year old boy, Devon Gearhart. The
film dealt with a family coming to terms with the mother's mental
illness, as seen through the eyes of the son. I was so impressed
with Devon's performance, I went on IMDB and discovered his next
movie was "Dog Days of Summmer". It wasn't available until 2009
but I purchased it then, and while it isn't as good as "Canvas",
it is worth seeing. It ultimately has a religious theme,
but that is not the essence of the movie. It is about a strange
man (Wil Patton) who comes to town one summer (Filmed in Edenton
North Carolina), and changes the lives of the people and the
town. It is told in flashback style, with narration by the
adult who in the flashbacks is played by Devon Gearhart. The
film is done in a whimsical style, but with a kind of sinister
underpinning, and is ultimately darker than it seems at first.
It reminded me of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" in mood and
style (A Ray Bradbury Story). The film also stars Colin Ford
as Devon's best friend, and he is very good too. This is Mark
Freiburger's first directorial effort, and he shows great promise.
I have purchased a few copies over the year to give to friends
and relatives, who would otherwise never know about this little
arthouse gem that had almost no theatrical exposure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dog Days -- Life Sucks and then You Die August 21, 2010
This was supposedly a family movie. It was awful! Yuck! The idea seemed to be that everyone has a dark side but there's no redemption for that darkness. There was no resolution to all the badness and there were no likeable characters. The only attempt at resolution was when the lead character returned to his hometown and had a weird psychological experience. He basically had to accept that life sucks and learn not to hate in spite of that. Apparently he was helped in accepting the darkness of life by believing in a B grade monster. It was really dumb. I was disappointed that the Dove foundation put their label on it. I hope no one else wastes their time watching it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a weird, cryptic tale March 11, 2013
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The video was delivered quickly and in very nice condition. The movie itself had some weird elements to it. The title misleads you into thinking it's a pleasant summer movie, but there is more to it than that.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is amazing! January 30, 2009
By Tim D.
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Truly a wonderful coming of age drama/mystery with a bit of a Southern Gothic quality to it. The cast is outstanding and Will Patton as the mysterious drifter "Eli Cottonmouth" has one of the most unique and memorable roles of his career in this Film. It wasn't rated when I saw it in theaters, but I'm guessing it will be rated at about a PG.
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2.0 out of 5 stars movie April 26, 2011
By Colleen
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Movie was not great. It was slow getting to the point and was a downer when it got there. I bought this movie for the great footage because it was filmed in Edenton, NC and I was there in the park the day the 4th of July scene was filmed, and myself, my son, and many friends are shown in the film as extras. I expected it to be an uplifting story about a great summer in the beautiful NC was not.
It was dark and dreary. booo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted at a fair price December 2, 2009
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I was so pleased this video was available and especially pleased at the price! I received the video promptly and even though it was not new it was in perfect condition as promised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dog days of summer
movie was good. had a special interest in it as it was edited by a cousin.
Published on August 20, 2009 by mama B
1.0 out of 5 stars A DOG OF A MOVIE!
This is a TERRIBLE movie! I find it highly suspect that most of the great 5-star reviews came at the same time ~ January 30th & 31st of 2009, and then they were dripping with... Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by Little ol me
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs Day of summer
dvd of good quality both picture and sound . Presentation of cover etc very good .Story line a little weak but otherwise quite entertaining
Published on June 14, 2009 by John C. Levey
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Days of Summer
This is a good small town movie, most of which was shot in Edenton, NC. The main reason I like it is because I live in Edenton. It's also a good mystery.
Published on June 5, 2009 by C. DeMoulin
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog Days
Great first film for young director Mark Freiburger. I look forward to future work from him.
Published on May 27, 2009 by John D. Light
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian Thriller!
Finally a great Christian Thriller! And very much a Twilight Zone type of movie. Will Patton does a great job as Eli Cottonmouth. Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by M. J. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film You Haven't Seen
I was blessed with the opportunity to see this gem of a movie in the theater when it first came out. "Wow," what a great film! Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by Michael Bunch
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