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Kalifornia (1993)

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A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Larson ...
Teenage Girl (as Catherine Larson)
David Milford ...
John Zarchen ...
David Rose ...
Tommy Chappelle ...
Old Man
Parole Officer
James Michael McDougal ...
John Diebold (as J. Michael McDougal)
Police Officer
Marisa Raper ...
Little Girl
Bill Crabb ...
Middle Aged Farmer (as Bill Crabbe)


Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Калифорния  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)


$2,395,231 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the movie, when Carrie (Michelle Forbes) and Brian (David Duchovny) first see Early Grayce (Brad Pitt) and Adele Corners (Juliette Lewis), Carrie is heard complaining to Brian, "They look like a couple Okies." Brad Pitt was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Springfield, Missouri, which is located in an area of America referred to by its mountain range, the Ozarks. Rural, unsophisticated people from the Ozarks are often referred to as "Okies" rather than "hillbillies". See more »


Towards the end of the movie, Brad and David are eating Chinese food. In one shot, you see David open his container and fold down the flaps and hold them this way. In the next shot you see him switch it with the other container on the table. When he switches it, the container he had just opened is now closed up. See more »


Brian Kessler: How many people have you killed, Early?
Early Grayce: Well, now, how many people have you seen me kill, Bri?
Brian Kessler: None.
Early Grayce: That's how many I killed.
Brian Kessler: If you say so.
Early Grayce: Damn right I do. Shut up! Eat your food. You ain't never killed no one, have you, Bri?
Brian Kessler: No.
Early Grayce: No. Ain't seen nobody killed either, have you?
Brian Kessler: No, I haven't.
Early Grayce: No. Tell me something, big time. How are you going to write a book about something you know nothing about?
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A disturbing and intriguing film.
20 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Kalifornia is the story of a writer and his girlfriend photographer who are looking for someone to help pay gas money and take turns at the wheel for a cross country road trip to famous murder sights. Ironically a serial killer and his girlfriend answer the post. Kalifornia is a diamond in the rough and a very intriguing journey with a serial killer. Great performances all around by the leads with Pitt in particular being exceptional. Check it out!!

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