Alpha Dog

Continuity mistake: In the fight scene at the party, Jake gets hit over the head with a bottle and he has blood on the top of his head. It changes constantly throughout the fight. It disappears totally when the fight is over. He has no blood anywhere on his body.

Factual error: Several characters can be seen playing an Xbox game console, which was not released until 2001, although this movie is set in 1999.

Factual error: Throughout the film, whenever officers from the Los Angeles Police Department are depicted they are wearing a fake police patch. This is obviously incorrect because officers with the Los Angeles Police Department do not wear patches.

Continuity mistake: When the girl goes home and knocks on her mother's bedroom door, mom's hair is all over the front of her face. When the shot changes, it's tucked back behind her ears (never moved her hands). When she turns to slam the door, it's in front of her face again like the first shot.

Factual error: When Frankie Ballenbacher arrives at Johnny's house when he wants to go to Fiesta, he is wearing some brown and white Nike Air Force I's that were not released until 2004. The movie is supposed to take place in 1999.

Factual error: The Land Rover discovery the girls are driving, looking at the headlights is an 03-04, the movie is set in 1999.

Continuity mistake: Zack, Julie, and Alma climb over a fence to get in the swimming pool; Julie and Alma take off their clothes and dive into the pool. Then Zack takes off all of his clothes and walks down the pool steps to get in the pool. There, the camera quickly changes to a different shot that shows Zack continuing to walk in the pool around a corner near the steps, where he meets with Julie. The problem here is that Zack never goes under water before meeting with Julie, but his face and upper body are wet. (01:19:00 - 01:20:00)


Factual error: When the police cars are in front of the kidnapped kid's house, it shows the date as Sunday November 8th, 1999, which is incorrect. November 8th, 1999 was on a Monday.


Olivia Mazursky: They said there's a reason for everything. Well if God's got a purpose for me, he better get the fuck down and show me, cause I don't see it.

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Trivia: At Frankie's house, when some girls visit during the daytime, Frankie turns to Zack and calls him 'Yankele'. Yankele is a Yiddish [German-Hebrew] affectionate version for Yaakov, or Jacob, since Zack is Jewish.

Allister Cooper, 2011

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Question: There is something I don't get about the bad guys. Why would they kidnap a teenage boy?

Answer: If you're talking about why they kidnapped Zack, Zack is the younger brother of Jake. Jake still owed Johnny money, but when Johnny and his gang go look for Jake, they can't find him. They see Zack and kidnap him, essentially for ransom, until Jake fully pays Johnny back.


It's also important to remember that this is a film based on true events, the kidnapping and murder of Nicolas Markowitz. All the names in the film have been changed

Why did they murder Nick?

Although this should be posted as a different question, in real life, Jesse (the one Nick's brother owed money to) had decided to let Nick go home. However, Jesse found out what kind of legal consequences he'd face for kidnapping Nick and decided to have Nick killed instead (obviously thinking he could get away with murder and deny any kidnapping allegations).


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