Kalifornia

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Overview

This debut feature film from music video director Dominic Sena is a romp through the world of serial killing, which in its bleakness and moral bankruptcy looks backwards to Terrence Malick's Badlands and forward to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Michelle Forbes plays hip, Mapplethorpe-esque photographer Carrie Laughlin, who wants to move to California for a fresh start. Her boyfriend, Brian Kessler David Duchovny, is a writer who has an idea for a new book, a travel tome on the sites of serial murders. The ...
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Overview

This debut feature film from music video director Dominic Sena is a romp through the world of serial killing, which in its bleakness and moral bankruptcy looks backwards to Terrence Malick's Badlands and forward to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Michelle Forbes plays hip, Mapplethorpe-esque photographer Carrie Laughlin, who wants to move to California for a fresh start. Her boyfriend, Brian Kessler David Duchovny, is a writer who has an idea for a new book, a travel tome on the sites of serial murders. The two plan to go on a cross-country tour of the murder sites, with Brian writing the commentary and Carrie taking the pictures. But they need a couple to share the driving expenses; enter Grayce Brad Pitt and his girlfriend, Adele Juliette Lewis, in a warm-up for her role in Natural Born Killers. Grayce is an ex-con looking to jump parole, while Adele is a childlike naïf. Soon the four are off to California, but the yuppie couple doesn't realize how close they are to their serial killer topic. It seems Grayce has murdered his landlord before their trip and bodies begin piling up disturbingly behind them as they make their way across the country.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Half-assed in its edginess but full-on trashy, this blood-drenched road movie features an over-the-top Brad Pitt in his Method actor phase; a dead-on Juliette Lewis as yet another special-ed Lolita; a pre-X-Files David Duchovny warming up his Fox Mulder persona; and an icy Michelle Forbes as a castrating intellectual poseur. Pitt's Early Grayce is the most unlikely and over-the-top collection of cheekbones, tics, abs, and guttersnipe slang ever to grace the silver screen. The actor allegedly broke a tooth while opening a beer bottle with his teeth to get into character, and such dedication shows in every nasal snort and lascivious leer. Duchovny's Brian Kessler narrates with incessant banality, lending more sympathy to the serial-killer antagonist than to his own stupid yuppie self. Lewis shows off her considerable skills in a role designed to be sexy, tacky, and pitiable at the same time, while Forbes is a study in minimalism -- all scowl, severe bangs, and artistic pretension. Dominic Sena, who moved from music videos to Kalifornia to a career as a would-be action auteur, infuses each frame of his film with flashy shades of dread, but he never achieves the disturbing grittiness of later Pitt vehicle Seven or even the amphetamine overkill of the Lewis-starring Natural Born Killers. In fact, Kalifornia actually works better as a comedy: a violent and bitchy update of the mixed-doubles scenarios that powered such classic sitcoms as The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy. Oh, that wacky murderer and his ditsy girlfriend. Oh, that pseudo-transgressive photographer and her sensitive new age guy. Put 'em together and you have a movie that's entertaining in spite of itself -- one that exposes the shallowness of urban hipsterdom by wallowing in the supposed depravities of the trailer-park set. Not exactly a light or unlifting viewing experience, but hey -- it's a lot more fun than watching Anthony Hopkins cook Ray Liotta's brains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • UPC: 883904250876
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 18,185

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Early Grayce
Juliette Lewis Adele Corners
David Duchovny Brian Kessler
Michelle Forbes Carrie Laughlin
Sierra Pecheur Mrs. Musgrave
Gregory Mars Martin Walter Livesay
Judson Vaughn Parole Officer
David Rose Eric
Meredith Brasher Kim
John Dullaghan Mr.Musgrave
Pat Golden
Mary Ann Hagen Waitress
Lois Hall Mrs.Musgrave
Ron Kuhlman Male Officer
Catherine Larson Teenage Girl
Carol Lewis
David Milford Driver
Brett Rice Police Officer
Patricia Sill Carol
Eric Stenson Young Cracker
John Zarchen Peter
Technical Credits
Dominic Sena Director
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Lynn Bigelow Executive Producer
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Steve Golin Producer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Martin Hunter Editor
M. James Kouf Jr. Executive Producer
Stephen Levy Original Story, Screenwriter
Carol Lewis Casting
Jeff Mann Art Director
Aris McGarry Producer
Tim Metcalfe Original Story, Screenwriter
Michael White Production Designer
Eric Mofford Asst. Director
Kristine J. Schwarz Co-producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
Thomas Patrick Smith Asst. Director
Kate J. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Kalifornia

    I will NEVER stand at a men's room urinal again without looking over my shoulder! Although I did not discover this 1993 film until 2009 (only because I thought I hated Brad Pitt), upon the first viewing it instantly became a favorite, as did Pitt's incredible acting. The music, the scenery, and Pitt's intense performance as a cold-blooded killer are all gripping. The final scenes, filmed in the Nevada desert's Dreamland Nuclear Test Range during a windstorm, have some of the most haunting effects in movie history. This is a five-star film; don't wait 16 years to see it like I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent thrill ride!

    Brad Pitt plays against everything we think of him. No pretty boy here, just a raw, chilling portrait of a serial killer. Watch this when you don't care about a good nights sleep, because it will send chills down your spine and keep you awake wondering where the other "Early's" of this world are tonight. I highly recommend this film, Brad Pitt fan or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!!!!

    This is one of my alltime favorite movies. Even as a redneck Brad Pitt is sexy! All four of the main characters hit their parts on the button. There is also some dark humor. Love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wierd with a twist of odd humor. Great movie.

    This was a great film. Some funny parts if you have a wide range of humor. Where can I find the unrated version?

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