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Power of the Dog (The)

Country: United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Language: English, 125 mins

  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Writer: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage
  • Producer: Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Rose Garnett, Simon Gillis, Phil Jones, Andrew Marshall, Tanya Seghatchian, Libby Sharpe, Emile Sherman, Chloe Smith, John Woodward

CGiii Comment

Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil's romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides. The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter - all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form - he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil's cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?


Cast & Characters

Benedict Cumberbatch (as Phil Burbank)
Kirsten Dunst (as Rose)
Jesse Plemons (as George Burbank)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (as Peter)
Thomasin McKenzie (as Lola)
Keith Carradine (as Governor Edward)
Frances Conroy (as Old Lady)
Geneviève Lemon (as Mrs. Lewis)
Ken Radley (as Barkeep)
Sean Keenan (as Sven)
George Mason (as Cricket)
Ramontay McConnell (as Theo)
David Denis (as Angelo)
Cohen Holloway (as Bobby)
Max Mata
Josh Owen
Alistair Sewell
Eddie Campbell (as Stan)
Alice Englert
Bryony Skillington
Jacque Drew (as Jeanie)
Yvette Parsons (as Hettie)
Aislinn Furlong
Daniel Cleary (as Jeanie's Friend)
Richard Falkner (as Pianola Man)