Bayside Film Festival- 27th August

COLD IN JULY

Cast

Michael C. Hall
Sam Shepard
Vinessa Shaw
Nick Damici
With Wyatt Russell
And Don Johnson

Director

Jim Mickle

Producer

Linda Moran, Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, Marie Savare

Genres

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Film synopsis

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled “badasses” portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.  Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

Running time

109 Minutes

Country of origin

USA

Year of production

2013

Classification

Film gallery

  • Don Johnson as Jim Bob
  • Michael C. Hall as Richard Dane, Vinessa Shaw as Ann Dane
  • Michael C. Hall as Richard Dane, Brogan Hall as Jordan Dane
  • Michael C. Hall as Richard Dane, Sam Shepard as Russel
  • Sam Shepard as Russel
  • Sam Shepard as Russel
  • Brogan Hall as Jordan Dane
  • Michael C. Hall as Richard Dane