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Kalifornia (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  3 September 1993 (USA)
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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:
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Kathy Larson ...
Teenage Girl (as Catherine Larson)
David Milford ...
Driver
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John Zarchen ...
Peter
David Rose ...
Eric
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Tommy Chappelle ...
Old Man
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Parole Officer
James Michael McDougal ...
John Diebold (as J. Michael McDougal)
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Carol
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Police Officer
Marisa Raper ...
Little Girl
Bill Crabb ...
Middle Aged Farmer (as Bill Crabbe)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Thriller

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

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Also Known As:

Калифорния  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,395,231 (USA)
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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 »

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When Early is digging the hole at night and talking to Adele, you can see the top of his pants. When he climbs out of the hole, he is obviously naked. See more »

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[a short while after Early killed the gas station clerk, the four are on the road again in silence]
Adele Corners: Do you want your picture taken?
[no one responds]
Adele Corners: Come on.
[snaps one off and then sits back trying to get something going. She then whispers into Early's ear]
Early Grayce: He was breathing when I walked out of there.
Adele Corners: See, Carrie it's okay. He didn't kill him.
[Carrie doesn't respond back]
Early Grayce: Ain't we getting close to the next murder site?
Brian Kessler: Forget about it! It doesn't matter anymore!
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Lettuce and Vodka
Written by Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Duke McVinnie
Performed by X. (as X)
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Haunting
10 May 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Kalifornia" is one of my all-time favourite movies, and it easily could be labeled as one of the best psychological thrillers of the 90`s. The film has a very stylish surface to it, but behind that are a lot of disturbing and honest depictions of homicidal maniacs and the terrifyng violence they inflict upon others. One of the film`s strongest aspects is it`s performances, Brad Pitt is startlingly great as a trailer-trash psycho named Early. Pitt potrays his frightening character almost flawlessly. Juliette Lewis is equally as good playing his naive girlfriend, her innocence is almost heart-breaking. "Kalifornia" has a very simple plot to it, that goes steadily and slowly forward for about an hour, but it suddenly plunges into a harrowing spree of murder, as Pitt unleashes his psychotic personality. There are alot of shocking scenes, and it all mounts to a power-house climax that will haunt you for days. "Kalifonia" is a film that should really be watched for it`s intense look at how monstrous a human being can be, and not only for it`s violence and gore.


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