Dog Eat Dog

Synopsis: Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they're going to do it, and they're going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob's payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they'll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Paul Schrader
Production: Ingenious Media
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

You think that your five-foot-four

kindergarten teacher is gonna-

who is, uh, I don't know, 62,

is gonna pull out her ak-47?

Well, not every single person

has to be armed and use a gun,

but the more people

that have them

makes the world a safer place.

So that's a heck

of a long barrel.

Let me ask you somethin', okay?

Just in the world and life,

what do you need

a barrel that long for?

Great question.

How 'bout it's two o'clock

in the morning

and some methed-out lunatic is

trying to break into your house

to rape and murder your kids?

What do you do then?

You ever read

the second amendment?

What does it say, really?

In a well-regulated militia.

You in a militia?

Hey, Vladimir putin may

come here, take off his shirt,

and they have to do something.

Hey, Melissa, what's going on?

I thought we were

doing homework together.

I've got some serious issues

with this cupcake experiment...

This gun is more powerful.

What if he's 50 yards down the pike?

Hit you in the back?

Or a half a mile or a mile

with a para...

The reason why

police officers have guns...

Is he gonna come in the house

with this gun?

Is he gonna come in the house

with this gun?

F***! F***!


Yes, may I speak to

John aloysius mccain

of 550 maple Avenue, please?

I'm sorry, sir, but I'm on disability

and i can't give you any money.

Oh, that's okay, sir.

We're not looking for any donations.

I just wanna

get to know you somewhat.

F or instance...

...what do you do for a living,

Mr. mccain?

I... I gut fish.

These cupcakes are killing me.

I am totally not able to get

the cupcake experiment on.

I work in a cannery and I got

a special knife to gut fish.

Well, that is interesting.

It's like bird

cupcake factory time.

Listen, can I call you back

in a minute?

No, sir, we can't do that.

I just am surprised is all.

Wait, what?

I just didn't know people still

had that job of guttin' fish anymore.

I didn't know they still had the

job of callin' people at dinner

and buggin' the sh*t out

of 'em, motherf***er!


People at the job,

they go off the deep end.

And then what happens?

Whether they're ten years old

or 50 years old,

they reach for that-

take these.

- Oh, thanks for the help.

Oh, sh*t!

You scared me.

Why, am I scary?

I told you,

you cannot stay here.

Listen, my car's at the chevron,

the alternator's f***ed,

it's gonna take 'em

overnight to fix it.

I gotta crash here tonight.


Oh, come on, Sheila.

I got nowhere else to go.

I just gotta sleep here,

and in the morning pick it up,

and that's it,

and then I'm outta here.

With my f***in' chevron card?

No, uh-uh, give it back.

Oh, come on, Sheila.

I'll make some

f***in' short ribs.

Come on, baby.

We'll have a nice night.

One last night.

It's not gonna kill ya.

Hey, love birds,

did my friend, Hannah, call here

asking about the homework

assignment with the cupcakes?

I have no idea.

She did, and you heard her,

didn't you?

And you just erased it.

I didn't hear nothin'

about no cupcakes!

Just go upstairs

and call Hannah, honey.

So obnoxious!

We'll have a nice night.

We're gonna eat them short ribs.

And then I'm gonna

eat your Booty, baby.

Don't be nasty.

Go get cleaned up, I'll cook dinner,

but this is it, okay?

Tonight is the end.

Okay, scout's honor.

Get the f*** in here!

Get the f*** in here!

Get the f*** in here now!

What the f***

do I use my computer for?


I do three things.

Do my spreadsheets for church.

I do my taxes.

And I answer emails.

You know what I don't

use my computer for?


Uh-huh, you're gettin'

the f*** out now!

I got nowhere to go.

That's not my problem.

I got a suitcase full of guns.

What am I gonna f***in' do?

Carjack some old guy like

some n*gger from the projects?

Not my problem!

Give me my chevron card back.

Give me my chevron

card back now!

I can't do that, Sheila.

Get the f*** out,

you f***in' loser!


You drug addict f***in' pervert!

I've got a daughter

in the house!

You're a f***in' loser!

Get the f*** out!

- Hey, Sheila.

You feel like you got problems?

Your problems

are over now, Sheila.

What? No!

No, please, get away! Stop!

No, no, no!

No, no, please, don't hurt me!

Stop, don't hurt me!

Don't hurt me!



as far as I'm concerned,

we are never going

to collaborate

on making a really cool, really

original cupcakes ever again.

There was me, Troy.

There was mad dog.

And there was diesel.

See, people pretty much can't

stand mad dog,

and I get it, I do.

But what you gotta

understand is,

I know this guy

in a very particular way.


I barely knew mad dog,

but he knew my parole was coming

up and he took this fall for me.

He just did it, like that.

And so, somebody like that?

You owe a lifetime.

Oh, mama.

No, seriously, the smoke.

And you know what?

It worked.

Felt like these huge arms,

felt like your mom

givin' you the biggest hug ever.

Oh, man, the way

i slept that night.

I got news for ya, dog.

Havin' somebody blow

smoke in your mouth is like...

Diesel is just a guy, you know.

I learned a lot from him.

I didn't go outta my way

to f*** with people,

which is more than

I can say for diesel.

Look, I'm just sayin',

this guy's a problem.

Been a long-time problem.

For a guy who comes out

with felony strikes,

a loan collection group

is not a bad job.

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Edward Bunker

Edward Heward Bunker (December 31, 1933 – July 19, 2005) was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon and an actor. He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films. He was a screenwriter on Straight Time (1978), Runaway Train (1985) and Animal Factory (2000). He started on a criminal career at a very early age, and continued on this path throughout the years, returning to prison again and again. He was convicted of bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery, and forgery. A repeating pattern of convictions, paroles, releases and escapes, further crimes and new convictions continued until he was released yet again from prison in 1975, at which point he finally left his criminal days permanently behind. Bunker stayed out of jail thereafter, and instead focused on his career as a writer and actor. more…

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