Natural Born Killers
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Natural Born Killers

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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Oliver Stone, Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr.


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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…  See more details below


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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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Natural Born Killers is a vicious, gory, disgusted kick in the pants to America, as Oliver Stone seemingly throws the culture's sickness back in its face, screaming "You like this kind of stuff? Here!" In a country which made Bonnie and Clyde heroes and slobbered over bloody gloves and horrifying 911 calls for over a year, how do you make this kind of satire crazy enough? Stone tries to do so by taking every facet of the crime/glamor obsession to its extremes. Mallory (Juliette Lewis) and her psycho sweetheart Mickey (Woody Harrelson) commit over 50 murders and become big stars, with Stone tracing every step of the mad journey to celebrity in a multitude of styles including color, black-and-white, hand-held Super 8, and even cartoons. At one point, he presents Mallory's obligatory "unhappy childhood" as a demented sitcom, with sexually abusive dad Rodney Dangerfield spouting abuse to big laughs from a delighted audience. It's all just fodder for the media machine and the bloodthirsty public, as Robert Downey, Jr. illustrates as a camera-obsessed reporter whose quest for fame has blinded him to the perversion of what he is doing.

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Special Features

New Featurette NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?; ; Commentary and New Introduction by Director Oliver Stone [in High Definition]; ; Plus 44-Page Booklet; Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers; ; Deleted Scenes Featuring Performances by Ashley Judd, Denis Leary, Rachel Ticotin and the Barbarian Brothers Not Shown Theatrically; ; Charlie Rose Interview of Oliver Stone; ; Alternate Ending; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
O-Lan Jones Mabel
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Billy Hopkins Actor
Ashley Judd Actor
Denis Leary Actor
Heidi Levitt Actor
Jack Palance Actor
Rachel Ticotin Actor
Ed White Pinball Cowboy
Richard Lineback Sonny
Lanny Flaherty Earl
Sean Stone Kevin
Jerry Gardner Work Boss
Evan Handler David
Kirk Baltz Wayne Gale's cameraman
Maria Pitillo Deborah
Josh Richman Soundman
Matthew Faber Kid
Jamie Harrold Kid
Jake Beecham Kid
Jared Harris London Boy
Salvator Xuereb French Boy
Phil Neilson Mickey's Dad
Red West Cowboy Sheriff
Glen Chin Druggist
Pruitt Taylor Vince Kavanaugh
Everett Quinton Wurlitzer
Peter Crombie Intense Cop
Marshall Bell Deputy
Bob Swan Napalatoni
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
Louis Lombardi Sparky

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Brian Berdan Editor
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Hank Corwin Editor
Stella Furner Set Decoration/Design
Herbert W. Gains Asst. Director
Risa Bramon Garcia Associate Producer,Casting
John Perry Goldsmith Set Decoration/Design
Jane Hamsher Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Heidi Levitt Casting
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Sweeney Special Effects
Mike Smith Animator
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Thom Mount Executive Producer
Matthew Mungle Makeup
Don Murphy Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Richard Rutowski Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino Original Story
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Clayton Townsend Producer
David Veloz Screenwriter
Rand Vossler Co-producer
Margery Zweizig Art Director

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Natural Born Killers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
natural born killers is an awesome action thriller
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
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.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.
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