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Role Actor Real-life Counterpart
Johnny Truelove (gang leader) Emile Hirsch Jesse James Hollywood (convicted July 8th, 2009 of the kidnapping and murder of Nick Markowitz and was sentenced to life in prison.); 20 years old at the time.
Frankie Ballenbacher Justin Timberlake Jesse Rugge (sentenced to life in prison, for the kidnapping of Nick Markowitz with the possibility of parole after seven years. His petition for parole was denied in 2006.) 20 years old at the time.
Elvis Schmidt (shooter) Shawn Hatosy Ryan Hoyt (on death row at San Quentin for the murder of Nick Markowitz; his trial took place from October 2001 to February 2003) 21 years old at the time.
Jake Mazursky (elder half-brother of victim) Ben Foster Benjamin Markowitz 21 years old at the time. Served 3 years in prison for robbery. Since released.
Zack Mazursky (victim) Anton Yelchin Nicholas Markowitz (murdered by Ryan Hoyt) kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood and his crew. 15 when he died.
Olivia Mazursky (mother of victim) Sharon Stone Susan Markowitz
Keith Stratten Chris Marquette Graham Pressley 17 at the time. In July 2002 tried as an minor and October 2002 as an adult. Served 5 years in juvie for digging Nick's grave. 2nd degree murder. (was released from the California Youth Authority Facility in 2007)
Susan Hartunian Dominique Swain Natasha Adams-Young (Given immunity in exchange for her testimony) friend of Rugge, Graham, and Nick. Age 19 at the time. After reading the paper that Nick was murdered, she confronted Rugge and asked if he had anything to do with it. Despite Rugge explaining that he didn't, she knew he was lying and she told her father, a lawyer, what happened, who in turn called police.
Bobby "911" Kaye Alex Solowitz Brian Affronti join the crew minutes after Hollywood and his crew kidnapped Nick. 20 at the time.
Tiko 'TKO' Martinez Fernando Vargas William Skidmore 9 years in state prison for kidnapping and robbery out of a plea bargain. 20 at the time. Skidmore was released in April 2009 after serving 9 years behind bars for the kidnapping.
Angela Holden Olivia Wilde Michelle Lesher, Hollywood's girlfriend. 21 at the time. Arrested for harboring a fugitive/ Hollywood.
Buzz Fecske Lukas Haas Chas Saulsbury Hollywood's friend. Last met during junior high. Tried to help Hollywood get out of the country. Arrested for harboring a fugitive.
Sonny Truelove Bruce Willis John "Jack" Hollywood Jesse James's father. Arrested in 2005, the same day son Jesse James was captured in Brazil, for manufacturing the illicit narcotic GHB, but the charge was later thrown out in court. Jack remained in custody on an outstanding 2002 warrant for a marijuana-related charge, and later received 18 months in a Arizona prison. Since released.
Wanda Haynes Heather Wahlquist Ben's fiancée
Julie Beckley Amanda Seyfried Nick's girlfriend. 17 at the time.
Pick Giaimo Vincent Kartheiser Chasely Shaeen, Hollywood's friend. His vehicle was used in the murder of Nick Markowitz. Arrested then bailed out. 20 at the time.
Cosmo Gadabeeti Harry Dean Stanton John Roberts, Jesse James's godfather, and Jack's best friend. His van was used in the kidnapping of Nick Markowitz.
Det. Tom Finnegan Holt McCallany Officer looking for Hollywood and arrested his crew as well as interviewed witnesses.
Sabrina Charity Shea Kelly Carpenter (given immunity in exchange for testimony) Rugge's girlfriend. 16 at the time.
Alpha Dog is based on events that took place in 2000 and characters are given fictional names. The film is set in November 1999. It tells the story of Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), a young drug dealer in Claremont, California and his circle of friends, which includes Frankie Ballenbacher (Justin Timberlake), Tiko "TKO" Martinez (Fernando Vargas) and Elvis Schmidt (Shawn Hatosy). The film demonstrates internal gang dynamics and social context that contribute to the events leading to kidnap and murder.
Johnny's father, Sonny Truelove (Bruce Willis), supplies his son with marijuana, from which Johnny makes a fortune dealing and selling. Johnny owns his own apartment where he holds meetings and parties. Another associate of the gang is Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster), who owes Johnny an $1200 drug debt. After a failed attempt at asking for the money from his parents, Olivia (Sharon Stone), and Butch Mazursky, he goes over to Johnny's house where Johnny is having a party. A heated argument is held between the two, which results in a violent fight that Frankie and the gang break up. Jake tells Johnny that he'll never pay him the money. In retaliation, Johnny gets Jake fired from his job by ratting on him to his boss that Jake is on drugs. Later that night, Jake and his gang break into Johnny's house, stealing his flat-screen t.v., breaking his backyard window, and, somewhat disturbingly, Jake takes a dump on Johnny's carpet. The next day, Johnny, Frankie, and Tiko decide to go to Jake personally and collect the money with the threat of violence. On the way, though, they stumble upon his brother Zack Mazursky (Anton Yelchin) and decide to kidnap him in broad daylight, throwing him into the van. Frankie is worried about the situation, while Johnny is thinking about what to do with him.
Zack makes little effort to escape. Frankie offers him beer and cigarettes, which he accepts during a street fiesta, Frankie offers him a chance to escape, which Zack declines, not wanting to cause him trouble with Johnny. The two strike up an unlikely friendship. Zack stays at Frankie's house for the night and even helps him with his chores. Zack meets some of Frankie's friends, including Keith Stratton (Chris Marquette), a young drug addict, and even strikes up a relationship with Julie, the youngest member of the group. They all learn of Zack's kidnapping, yet do nothing as Zack seems cool with everything. Julies even refers to him as 'Stolen Boy', and thinks it's hot. Johnny comes over and contemplates with Frankie on what to do. Frankie grows nervous when Johnny asks Frankie about the possibilty of having Zack killed, though he quickly dismisses it.
Back at Zack's home, Olivia and Butch do everything they can to find Zack. Olivia grows angry with Jake when she learns he owed money to Johnny. Missing Person posters are put up. Johnny becomes increasingly paranoid about the situation. He calls Jake with the intent of explaining the situation, but learns that Jake already suspects it was him who kidnapped Zack and screams that he'll "rip his throat out and eat his heart". Johnny hangs up and calls his lawyer and explains the situation, which his lawyer replies that Johnny is looking at 25 years to life in prison for his actions. High with anxiety, Johnny seems to have made up his mind.
The next night, while Frankie, Zack, and the gang are at a party at a hotel, Johnny approaches Elvis, who is in deep debt with Johnny, and offers to cancel the debt if he agrees to have Zack murdered. Elvis is skeptical at first, but agrees. Johnny gives him a Tech-9 pistol and leaves with his girlfriend. Back at the party, Zack loses his virginity and has sex with Julie and her girlfriend. Elvis comes explains to Frankie that he is taking Zack home, which the party ends and everyone leaves except for Frankie, Zack, Elvis, and Keith. Frankie is relieved to have Zack go home until Elvis reveals Johnny's plan to kill Zack. Frankie is enraged at Elvis, and angrily tells him he won't let him do it. Elvis instead takes Keith and they go to a remote location in the hills to dig a grave. When they get back to the hotel, Elvis tells a disturbed Frankie that they are all looking at life in prison if Zack goes home. Frankie sadly agrees and he, Elvis, and Keith trick Zack into thinking he's going home.
Back at Johnny's house, his dad, Sonny, and a detective confront him about the kidnapping. Sonny is furious with his son, and when he learns of Johnny's plan to kill Zack, he commands that he call it off, which Johnny refuses, not wanting to go to jail. Meanwhile, Frankie, Elvis, Zack and Keith arrive in the hills. They start walking up a hill. Zack is not aware of what's going to happen and is tricked into believing someone's picking him up. Zack grows little suspicious when a deeply saddened Keith silently tells Frankie he can't go through with it, and, after giving Zack a goodbye hug, goes to wait in the van. Realizing what's happening, a panic'd Zack asks Frankie what he's doing, Frankie reassures him and the three continue walking up the hill. Zack sees the grave and begins to break down, sobbing and telling Frankie and Elvis that he won't rat them out. Frankie contemplates to Elvis that they shouldn't do it, but Elvis is keen on the job he's been given. Frankie calms Zack down and tells him that he would never hurt him, and ties a weeping Zack up with tape. He is astonished when Elvis knocks Zack into the grave with the shovel and ultimately fires at Zack with the pistol killing him. Frankie and Elvis then silently leave.
Zack's body is found 3 days later. The epilogue shows the aftermath of the crime. Zack's mother, Olivia, is interviewed; she talks candidly about her failed suicide attempts and the loss that she has experienced from her son's murder. After being convicted, the gang members serve time: Tiko serving 9 years for the kidnapping; Keith serving at a juvenile facility until the age of 25 for digging Zack's grave and 2nd degree murder; Frankie serving a life sentence for the kidnapping; and Elvis on death row for murdering Zack. Johnny disappears and is finally arrested in Paraguay in 2005 after nearly 6 years of being on the America's Most Wanted list.