Kalifornia

Kalifornia

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Director: Dominic Sena

Cast: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny

     
 

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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 toSee more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0883904224433
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1A
Time:
3:53:00

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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
Pat Golden Actor
Lois Hall Mrs.Musgrave
Carol Lewis Actor
Eric Stenson Young Cracker
Meredith Brasher Kim
Catherine Larson Teenage Girl
David Milford Driver
John Zarchen Peter
Patricia Sill Carol
Brett Rice Police Officer
Ron Kuhlman Male Officer
John Dullaghan Mr.Musgrave
Mary Ann Hagen Waitress

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 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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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Kalifornia [WS]
1. Opening Credits [:08]
2. Bradbury Warehouse [5:39]
3. Parole Officer Arrives [6:20]
4. The Trip Begins [9:07]
5. The Novak Farm [6:19]
6. Adele's Haircut [7:03]
7. The Service Center [:51]
8. Shooting Pool [:02]
9. Adele Reveals Secret [3:21]
10. Finding the Doors [3:00]
11. Brian Returns [2:07]
12. Goin' Shooting [2:48]
13. The Storm Begins [8:10]
14. Chinese Food [2:10]
15. Davidson Mine [1:16]
16. Desert Home [1:20]
17. Looking At Photos [3:30]
18. Leaving the Home [8:26]
19. Nuclear Test Site [6:01]
20. On the Beach [4:09]
21. Credits [7:11]
Disc #1, Side B -- Kalifornia [FS]
1. Opening Credits [:08]
2. Bradbury Warehouse [5:39]
3. Parole Officer Arrives [6:20]
4. The Trip Begins [9:07]
5. The Novak Farm [6:19]
6. Adele's Haircut [6:28]
7. The Service Center [1:26]
8. Shooting Pool [:02]
9. Adele Reveals Secret [3:21]
10. Finding the Doors [3:00]
11. Brian Returns [2:07]
12. Goin' Shooting [2:48]
13. The Storm Begins [8:10]
14. Chinese Food [2:10]
15. Davidson Mine [1:16]
16. Desert Home [1:20]
17. Looking At Photos [3:30]
18. Leaving the Home [8:26]
19. Nuclear Test Site [6:03]
20. On the Beach [4:08]
21. Credits [7:11]

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