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Pups (1999)

Rebellious teenager Stevie finds his mother's gun, and along with his girlfriend impulsively decides to rob a bank. The pair find themselves in over their heads as they take hostages and the FBI negotiates Stevie's absurd demands.

Director:

Ash Baron-Cohen (as Ash)

Writer:

Ash Baron-Cohen (as Ash)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mischa Barton ... Rocky
Cameron Van Hoy ... Stevie
Burt Reynolds ... Daniel Bender
Adam Farrar Adam Farrar ... Wheelchair Man
David Alan Graf ... Bank Manager
Kurt Loder ... Himself
James Gordon James Gordon ... J.P. / TV Preacher
Darling Narita ... Joy
Ed Metzger ... Mr. Edwards
Susan Horton Susan Horton ... Rio (as Suzie Horton)
Jonathan Coogan ... Bank Security Guard
Uri Horowitz Uri Horowitz ... Pizza Man (as Uri Ryder)
Matthew Fairchild ... Rocky's Dad (as Mathew Fairchild)
Hsa Mann Hsa Mann ... Puppy Seller #1
Ash Baron-Cohen ... Puppy Seller #2 (as Johnny Hawaiian)
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Storyline

Two teens impulsively decide to rob a bank, a la Bonnie and Clyde. Quickly they find themselves in over their heads as they are forced to take a bank full of hostages and the FBI are at the door. Hostages include a heroin addicted Gulf War vet, the pesky bank manager, a gruff old man, a calm bank employee, and a helpful young woman. The head FBI man must sort through the psychology of all the participants to try to keep the events from escalating. Underlying in all of this is the pure adolescence of the two who initiate the trouble. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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What happens when a kid finds a gun or a gun finds a kid?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence involving juveniles, strong language including sexual dialogue, and for brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Eagle Eye Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Fucked Up See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,145, 2 April 2000

Gross USA:

$1,590

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,590
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Raquel 'Rocky' Silver, the young accomplice, is played by Mischa Barton, who was born 24th January, 1986, making her only twelve years of age when the film was shot during two weeks in December 1998. In reality, mirroring her character's youth. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Bender: [standoff outside bank] Now listen to me.
[Rocky waves the gun at him]
Daniel Bender: Take it easy with that! I want you to try to relax, okay? I want you to listen to me a minute!
[FBI shouts orders]
Daniel Bender: I've got a little girl... maybe a year older than you.
[even as Rocky sobs, the revolver is pushed towards Daniel's face]
Daniel Bender: What your father did was wrong. More than wrong. But what you're doing in there is wrong too!
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Crazy Credits

God gets thanked under those especially mentioned as benefactors. See more »

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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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not good, not bad
11 December 2000 | by egg-21See all my reviews

Pups is a movie with both good sides and bad sides. To start with the good news: Great acting by all three major roles. Burt Reynolds does his best. Cameron van Hoy is even better. But Mischa Barton is the best of all and shows that she is very talented. Also very good: The dramatic development during the hostage. Ash seems also a very talented director. But the film is also a failure. The Burt Reynolds part is very unrealistic and badly written. But the worst part of Pups is the extremely simple moral views. The writer/director is telling us "look what happens if parents are away all the time and the media is showing violent movies". This simplistic view is a missed chance. Pups could have been much better.


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