Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on January 12, 2007. Starring Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried with Harry Dean Stanton, Sharon Stone, and Bruce Willis, the film is based on the true story of the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz and related events in 2000. It portrays the involvement of Jesse James Hollywood, a young middle-class drug dealer in California.
Johnny Truelove is a young marijuana dealer in Southern California. His father, Sonny, supplies him with marijuana, which Johnny distributes to his gang of friends, including Jake Mazursky, who owes Johnny a $1,200 drug debt. Mazursky makes a failed attempt at asking his stepmother, Olivia, and his biological father Butch for the money. Meanwhile, Olivia and Butch are dealing with their rebellious teenage son Zack; Jake's half-brother who admires his older brother. A fight breaks out between Jake and Johnny, when Jake tries to pay Johnny only part of his debt. After back and forth retaliation, Johnny and his two henchmen, Frankie Ballenbacher and Tiko "TKO" Martinez go to confront Jake in person. When they go to his house he is nowhere to be found, but as they leave they find Zack walking on the sidewalk and kidnap him, with the intent of holding onto Zack until Jake pays his debt.