From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn

3.8 20
Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino

     
 

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In this action-horror flick from director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino stars with George Clooney as a pair of bad-to-the-bone brothers named Seth and Richie Gecko. After a string of robberies that left a river of blood in the Geckos' wake, the sadistic siblings head to Mexico to live the good life. To get over the border, they kidnap… See more details below

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In this action-horror flick from director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino stars with George Clooney as a pair of bad-to-the-bone brothers named Seth and Richie Gecko. After a string of robberies that left a river of blood in the Geckos' wake, the sadistic siblings head to Mexico to live the good life. To get over the border, they kidnap Jacob Fuller, a widowed preacher played by Harvey Keitel, and his two children, Kate (Juliette Lewis) and Scott (Ernest Liu). Once south of the border, the quintet park their RV at a rough-and-tumble trucker bar called The Titty Twister, where Seth and Richie are supposed to meet a local thug. After a couple of drinks, they realize that they're not in a typical bar, as the entire place begins to teem with vicious, blood-sucking vampires. With the odds stacked greatly against them, the Fullers and Geckos team together in hopes of defeating the creatures of the night. Makeup artist Tom Savini and blaxploitation star Fred Williamson appear as allies against the vampires, and Cheech Marin fills three different roles.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
In 1996, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino joined forces as a directing/writing team to create one of the most gleeful and explosive vampire flicks ever. A brutal crime caper that morphs into an even more brutal horror flick, From Dusk Till Dawn is a visceral cross-genre experiment. The story follows hardened bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richard Gecko (George Clooney and Tarantino) as they head to Mexico with horrifically unexpected results. Escaping the U.S. authorities with the help of a faithless preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his children (Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu), the hoods find themselves in the film's greatest set piece, a rowdy border bar where all the doors and windows suddenly seal up and a vampire feeding frenzy breaks out. Tarantino's trademark pop-culture-inspired script makes references both to his and Rodriguez's previous films and provides rich fodder for the actors. Clooney's work here proved his leading-man mettle, and Keitel's preacher is a complicated role worthy of his acting skills. Rodriguez -- with Desperado under his belt and Spy Kids in his future -- makes the film a freewheeling gas right from the start, taking its abrupt genre shift in stride. With a cast that also includes everyone from Salma Hayek and '70s blaxploitation hero Fred Williamson to horror makeup master Tom Savini, this remains among the most flat-out entertaining gore-fests ever filmed.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
From Dusk Till Dawn is a voraciously vulgar and violent film that illustrates how talented filmmakers can create a deliberately bad movie. Scripted by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez (Desperado), the film can best be described as a Mexican road picture turned self-conscious vampathon with a droll postmodern slant. Remarkably, the narrative consists of two contrasting types of films crudely soldered together. The story begins as a Pulp Fiction-type gangster tale featuring the sharp and profane dialogue seen in Tarantino's other films. Then with no warning, the movie suddenly transforms into a zany, vampire bloodbath similar to the tongue-in-cheek horror works of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. However, Tarantino is able to turn the genre on its undead ear, creating an over-the-top gorefest featuring holy-water condom balloons, quadruple impalement, and Harvey Keitel sucking blood as a preacher-turned-vampire. This bold and bizarre Tarantino/Rodriguez effort is laden with frenetic editing and fresh dialogue, but all style and cinematic skill fall to the wayside when the body count abruptly begins. This is a tour de force of outrageous bad taste coupled with delicious talent. Those who relish the work of Quentin Tarantino will certainly find merit in the first half of the film. Others who consider themselves horror aficionados will go bloody crazy over the eventual monster mash.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
UPC:
0096009014414
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
60,397

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Seth Gecko
Harvey Keitel Jacob Fuller
Quentin Tarantino Richard Gecko
Juliette Lewis Kate Fuller
Cheech Marin Border Guard,Carlos,Chet Pussy
Fred Williamson Frost
Salma Hayek Santanico Pandemonium
Marc Lawrence Old Timer
Michael Parks Texas Ranger Earl McGraw
Kelly Preston Newscaster Kelly Houge
Tom Savini Sex Machine
John Saxon FBI Agent Stanley Chase
Danny Trejo Razor Charlie
Ernest Liu Scott Fuller
John Hawkes Pete Bottoms
Heidi McNeal Blonde Hostage
Aimee Graham Blonde Hostage
Brenda Hillhouse Hostage Gloria
Tito Larriva Titty Twister Guitarist & Vocalist
Mike Moroff Manny
Veena Bidasha Bar Dancer
Maria Diaz Bar Dancer
Chad Dowdell Man at Bar (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Editor,Executive Producer,Original Story
Douglas Aarniokoski Asst. Director
Elizabeth Avellan Co-producer
Lawrence Bender Executive Producer
Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Mayne Schuyler Berke Art Director
Diana Dru Botsford Special Effects
Colin de Rouin Set Decoration/Design
John Esposito Co-producer
Daniel A. Fort Special Effects
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Paul Hellerman Co-producer
Elaine J. Huzzar Casting
Robert Kurtzman Co-producer,Original Story,Special Effects
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Kurtzman Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Gianni Nunnari Producer
Ermahn Ospina Makeup
Felipe Fernandez del Paso Set Decoration/Design
Johanna Ray Casting
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Quentin Tarantino Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Meir Teper Producer
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer

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