Cold in July

  • Fri Nov 14
Cold in July
Jim Mickle
Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson

An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Cold in July is a crime drama set in late-1980s Texas. Adapted from the Joe R. Lansdale of the same name, the story follows family man Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall), who is awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder burglarizing his home. He shoots and kills the intruder and is quickly the talk of the town. The dead man’s father—a recent parolee (portrayed by Sam Shepard)—surfaces with an appetite for revenge that’s insatiate despite Dane’s remorse. When the mystery behind the intruder deepens, Dane struggles to find the answers he needs and begins to question his own identity as a father and husband. The film includes a memorable performance by Don Johnson, who steps into his role “…with the effusive brio of an actor reborn.” Cold in July is “…a modest, unpretentious exercise in old-fashioned thrills and chills, made with a level of care and craft that elevates it well above the fray.” (Scott Foundas, Variety)

Cosponsored with Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival


DCP color
1 hour 42 minutes
release year/country
2014 USA