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Cold in July

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Jim Mickle
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller starring Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Texas family man Richard Dane is awoken in the night by a noise in his house but while investigating, he accidentally shoots the unarmed intruder dead. It's deemed an act of self-defence but when Richard discovers the deceased is the son of notorious ex-con Ben Russell, he's forced to take extreme steps to protect his wife and son.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The cult crime novel by Joe R Lansdale is skilfully adapted by director Jim Mickle (Stake Land) and his regular screenwriting partner Nick Damici into noir-like cutting-edge pulp fiction. After accidentally killing an unarmed intruder, a small-town Texas family man (Dexter star Michael C Hall) must contend with the dead man's vengeful ex-con father (Sam Shepard), until both begin to suspect there's more going on than meets the eye, something of a much more shocking nature. Basking triumphantly in a 1980s setting, with mullet hairstyles and John Carpenter-styled synth score, this seedy hardcore thriller fires on all retro cylinders, with nods to the works of Walter Hill and Sam Peckinpah, and completely unexpected gruesome twists. With a firm grip on the genre-hopping tone of Lansdale's source material, and boosted by powerhouse performances from Hall, Shepard and Don Johnson (as a private eye), Mickle escalates the unconventional bloody suspense with one of the best-executed shoot-outs in recent memory.

Credits

Cast

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Richard DaneMichael C Hall
Ben RussellSam Shepard
Jim Bob LukeDon Johnson
Ann DaneVinessa Shaw
FreddyWyatt Russell
Lieutenant Ray PriceNick Damici
Jack CrowLanny Flaherty

Crew

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DirectorJim Mickle

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2014-06-27
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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