Dog Pound (film)

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Dog Pound
Dog Pound.jpg
French theatrical poster
Directed by Kim Chapiron
Produced by Kim Chapiron
Georges Bermann
Written by Kim Chapiron
Jeremie Delon
Starring Adam Butcher
Shane Kippel
Mateo Morales
Cinematography Andre Chemetoff
Edited by Benjamin Weill
Distributed by Tribeca Film (USA)
Alliance Films (Canada; DVD & Blu-Ray)
Optimum Releasing (UK)
Roadshow Entertainment (Australia)
Paradiso Entertainment (Benelux)
Alamode Film (Germany)
Mars Distribution (France)
Scanbox Entertainment (Scandinavia)
Frenetic Films (Switzerland)
Release date
  • 24 April 2010 (2010-04-24) (Tribeca)
  • 23 June 2010 (2010-06-23) (France)
  • 7 September 2010 (2010-09-07) (Canada; DVD & Blu-Ray)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language English

Dog Pound (2010) is a Canadian psychological thriller film directed and co-written by Kim Chapiron.[2] It is a remake of the British borstal film, Scum.[3] This is Chapiron's only Canadian film and his only film to go direct-to-video.


Butch, Davis and Angel are teenagers who have been sentenced to Enola Vale juvenile detention center in Montana. The focus is on Butch, who has been imprisoned for attacking and blinding a correctional officer.

Goodyear, a tough but fair officer, urges the new inmates to follow the rules and quietly serve their time so they can earn a second chance on the outside. At first Butch attempts to conform to the rules, but soon he and his friends are attacked by the chief bully Banks and his thugs, Eckersley and Looney.

Refusing to reveal the names of his attackers, Butch is sent to solitary confinement. Once out, he immediately exacts revenge on Banks, Eckersley, and Looney. Butch saves the worst for Banks, who is savagely beaten. The beatings establish his rank among the inmates and offers temporary protection to his friends, Davis and Angel.

During a routine painting job, Angel and Goodyear get into a physical altercation; Angel is thrown against a wall by Goodyear and dies instantly. Butch, who was a witness to the altercation, is placed in solitary confinement while an investigation takes place.

Without Butch's protection, Davis is raped by Looney and Eckersley. Davis tries to contact his mother during the night, but an officer denies his request, telling him he'll have to wait until morning. Feeling helpless, Davis goes back to his bunk, eventually committing suicide by slitting his wrists.

The deaths of both Angel and Davis result in their dormitory going on a hunger strike during breakfast. After a stare-down in the cafeteria, Butch loses control and instigates a riot. The detention officers are overwhelmed and return to the cafeteria in riot gear, using tear gas and plastic bullets in an attempt to end the riot. During the riot, Butch tries to escape the building, but is caught by the prison officers moments later.



Dog Pound premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 24 April 2010. It was released in France on June 23, 2010, and in Canada on September 7, 2010. It was also released in the United States, Mexico, Switzerland (French speaking region only), Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Critical reception[edit]

The film was described as "intense" and not suited to the tastes of all viewers by reviewer Perri Nemiroff.[4]

The film received positive reviews; on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 65% "fresh" rating with a 6.2 average- based on 26 reviews.[5] Metacritic shows a 57/100 rating, signifying "mixed or average reviews".[6]

Dog Pound is French director Chapiron's first English-language feature, and the film earned him an award as Best New Narrative Filmmaker at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.


  1. ^ "DOG POUND (18)". Optimum Releasing. British Board of Film Classification. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Xan Brooks (26 August 2010). "Dog Pound". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Philip French (29 August 2010). "Dog Pound". The Observer. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Perri Nemiroff. "Tribeca Review: Dog Pound". Cinema Blend LLC. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dog Pound". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dog Pound Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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