Natural Born KillersDirector: Oliver Stone, Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr.
A frenetic, bloody look at mass murder and the mass media, director Oliver Stone's extremely controversial film divided critics and audiences with its mixture of over-the-top violence and bitter cultural satire. At the center of the film, written by Stone and Quentin Tarantino, among others, are Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis), a young couple united by their desire for each other and their common love of violence. Together, they embark on a record-breaking, exceptionally gory killing spree that captivates the sensation-hungry tabloid media. Their fame is ensured by one newsman, Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.), who reports on Mickey and Mallory for his show, American Maniacs. Even the duo's eventual capture by the police only increases their notoriety, as Gale develops a plan for a Super Bowl Sunday interview that Mickey and Mallory twist to their own advantage. Visually overwhelming, Robert Richardson's hyperkinetic cinematography switches between documentary-style black-and-white, surveillance video, garishly colored psychedelia, and even animation in a rapid-fire fashion that mirrors the psychosis of the killers and the media-saturated culture that makes them popular heroes. The film's extreme violence -- numerous edits were required to win an R rating -- became a subject of debate, as some critics asserted that the film irresponsibly glorified its murderers and blamed the filmmakers for potentially inciting copy-cat killings. Defenders argued that the film attacks media obsession with violence and satirizes a sensationalistic, celebrity-obsessed society. Certain to provoke discussion, Natural Born Killers will thoroughly alienate many viewers with its shock tactics, chaotic approach, and disturbing subject matter, while others will value the combination of technical virtuosity and dark commentary on the modern American landscape.
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Cast & Crew
|Woody Harrelson||Mickey Knox|
|Juliette Lewis||Mallory Knox|
|Robert Downey||Wayne Gale|
|Tommy Lee Jones||Dwight McClusky|
|Tom Sizemore||Jack Scagnetti|
|Rodney Dangerfield||Mallory's dad|
|Russell Means||Old Indian|
|Edie McClurg||Mallory's mom|
|Balthazar Getty||Gas Station Attendant|
|Joe Grifasi||Duncan Homolka|
|Risa Bramon Garcia||Actor|
|Ed White||Pinball Cowboy|
|Jerry Gardner||Work Boss|
|Kirk Baltz||Wayne Gale's cameraman|
|Jared Harris||London Boy|
|Salvator Xuereb||French Boy|
|Phil Neilson||Mickey's Dad|
|Red West||Cowboy Sheriff|
|Pruitt Taylor Vince||Kavanaugh|
|Peter Crombie||Intense Cop|
|Robert Jordan||Wgn Newscaster|
|Mark Harmon||Mickey Knox in Wayne Gale's reconstruction (uncredite|
|Arliss Howard||See-Through Diner Patron/Prison Escapee (uncredited)|
|Dale Dye||Dale Wrigley|
|Steven Wright||Dr. Emil Reingold|
|John M. Watson||Black Inmate|
|Carl Ciarfalio||Mallory's Guard|
|Merideth Boswell||Set Decoration/Design|
|Budd Carr||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Stella Furner||Set Decoration/Design|
|Herbert W. Gains||Asst. Director|
|Risa Bramon Garcia||Associate Producer,Casting|
|John Perry Goldsmith||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Hornung||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Victor Kempster||Production Designer|
|David MacMillan||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Matt Sweeney||Special Effects|
|Arnon Milchan||Executive Producer|
|Thom Mount||Executive Producer|
|Richard Rutowski||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Quentin Tarantino||Original Story|
|Alan Tomkins||Art Director|
|Margery Zweizig||Art Director|
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natural born killers is an awesome action thriller
This is a film that works its way to a satire of life in the modern sociaty that now exists. This can relate to such storys as 1984 or clockwork orange, but it is a nightmare because its happening right now. Of course its not real or has ever happened, other than the copicat incident, or now any sort of killer could get that kind of noteriaty for being a sadistic sociopath. Once isnt enough to comprehend its inderence to utter chaotic rithim. Even if Quentin Tarantino didn't like it, he had Pulp Fiction right after this, Oliver Stone is still a genius filmaker that can show us what the hell he wants. If any director can have the talent he has or Kubrick they can do what the hell they want without any on corruption about it.
From provocatuer Oliver Stone, he makes us debate with and against each other than any other film he directed after this was released. A satirical and bitter dissention against our morally bankrupt media, Stone hits the mark with murder cases. Maybe overly violent, but shows how troubled our society is.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS: DIRECTOR'S CUT is a great movie. However, it is ultraviolent and it needed 150 cuts (about three minutes) to get an R rating instead of an NC-17. The movie's filming style is wonderful. This is one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen. The second tape is one hour of splendid bonus footage. ***WARNING: DON'T WATCH THIS ONE WITH THE KIDS*** Objectionable content: Extreme violence. Extreme carnage. Extreme profanity. Extreme sexuality. Atmosphere of chaos. Brief nudity. 182 minutes. (First tape: 125 minutes; second tape: 57 minutes) MUST-SEE
This movie is amazing to say the least. Yep, sure it's shocking, but the movie is just amazing. It's funny in parts that wouldn't be funny normally. It's just so violent and twisted it's funny. And the way the film is shot is superb. It's got enlightenment written all over it. And the messages in the movie are true. An instant classic. Take this Tipper.
This movie should also challenge the way you look at the media and the way they drive our culture. The cinematography and directing are fantastic regardless of what you think of the content. Every shot, every scene, pulls an emotion and sends you on a roller coaster through the length of the film. (Side note: try to find the book "Killer Instinct" by Jane Hamsher. She's one of the producers and tells the story of how the movie got to be made. It sure was a wild ride!) Also, it's a shame Woody Harrelson didn't do more roles like this one because he was wonderful, and he completely shed the Woody persona from "Cheers". I will admit, the most frightening and astounding performance was by Rodney Dangerfield as Mallory's father. A role I absolutely never expected to see from him.
This is simply the worst movie I have ever seen. It is Disgusting from start to finish. Stone has made some fine films but this is not one of them. You couldn't pay me enough to sit through this piece of junk again.
I believe this movie diplicts the actual media crazed society we have in America. I also think that if people are not ready for a film such as this then media should be less graphic and publicize murderers.