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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

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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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Калифорния  »

Box Office

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,395,231 (USA)
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Body count: 10, 9 of whom are killed by Early. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Early Grayce: How long have you had your woman, bud?
Brian Kessler: Three years.
Early Grayce: Yeah? She's a good one. She's a breeder, you dog.
Brian Kessler: I'll tell her you said she's a breeder. She'll like that. I'll tell her that.
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Come Home
Written by David Thomas, Jim Jones, Tony Maimone, Scott Krauss
Performed by Pere Ubu
Courtesy of The Imago Recording Company
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a dark and disturbing psychological thriller.
15 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

it's amazing that so many people that i know haven't seen this little gem. everybody i have turned on to it have come back with the same reaction: WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!!

i've never much cared for Brad Pitt (though his turns in 12 monkeys and Fight Club show improvement) but his performance in this film as a psycho is unnerving, dark and right on target.

everyone else in the film gives excellent performances and the movie's slow and deliberate pacing greatly enhance the proceedings. the sense of dread for the characters keeps increasing as they come to realize what has been really happening.

the only thing that keeps this from a 10 in my book, is that compared to what came before it, the ending is a bit too long and overblown. but that's the only flaw i could find in this cult classic.

if you check this film out, try to get the letterboxed unrated director's cut for the best viewing option.

rating:9


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