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Cold in July (2014)

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When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

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Jim Mickle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinessa Shaw ... Ann
Michael C. Hall ... Dane
Ken Holmes ... Burglar
Nick Damici ... Price
Brogan Hall ... Jordan
Rachel Zeiger-Haag ... Valerie
Lanny Flaherty ... Jack Crow
Kristin Griffith ... Kay
Happy Anderson ... Ted
Sam Shepard ... Russel
Kris Eivers Kris Eivers ... Detective
Joseph Harrell Joseph Harrell ... Officer Kevin
Joe Lanza ... Officer #1
Soraya Butler ... Female Officer
Wyatt Russell ... Freddy
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When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

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How many men can one bullet kill?

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chłód w lipcu See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,317, 25 May 2014

Gross USA:

$427,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,547,630
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cameo(Joe R. Lansdale): The author of the novel plays the priest at the graveside. See more »

Goofs

Russell says he hasn't seen his son (25-30) since he was the same age as Dane's son (5 or 6). He then agrees to go to the cemetery to identify him! How would he know what he would look like? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann: [urgently whispering in the dark] Richard. Richard.
Richard Dane: [stirring awake] Yeah?
Ann: I think I heard something.
Richard Dane: [runs to a box in the closet and shakily loads his gun] Stay here...
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Features Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Dangerous Man
Written by Omar Dykes (as Kent Dykes)
Performed by Omar & The Howlers
Courtesy of Big Guitar Music (BMI)
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Very good thriller with style and great acting
25 June 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Cold in July is a Texas neo-noir set in 1989. A man called Richard Dane kills an intruder in his home one night. The victim's dad subsequently turns up and starts hassling Dane and his family. The police get involved but things begin to take a turn for the unpredictable when it soon becomes apparent that the dead man isn't who he appears to be. This leads to a spiral of very dark secrets.

What makes this one work so well is a combination of a great trio of performances and the 80's retro styling. Of the former we have Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson as a motley crew of sleuths bent on discovering the truth and ultimately meting out violent retribution. The three actors work well together in portraying their uneasy alliance. While the aforementioned 80's setting is great too. The soundtrack is a combination of some choice 80's hard rock and some neo-electro 80's styling synth music to score the film and build atmosphere. It works highly in the movie's favour and gives it a cool sheen while seeming entirely appropriate given the era depicted.

The story-line is a mixture of fairly familiar things you probably have encountered in these types of movies before and I'm not going to reveal too much of what lies ahead as it's best to go into these types of films with as little foreknowledge as possible. But it is the way that these standard elements have been presented on screen that makes them work so well, as well as the aforementioned acting and 80's setting. There are a few loose ends in the story and some aspects that you will require to suspend your disbelief at a little. But this is hardly a new thing when it comes to pulpy thrillers. The important thing is that Cold in July is a superior example of this kind of thing. It's very involving throughout and makes its generic material seem fresh, which is easier said than done.


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