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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:
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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A state of fear and terror See more »


Crime | Thriller

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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?


David Duchovny later starred in the TV series "Californication". See more »


The amount of vodka in Carrie's glass changes inconsistently between shots while she's sitting on the couch, watching her slides, trying to convince Brian to go to California. See more »


Early Grayce: Only thing my old man ever gave me was this goddamn .45. Japanese but it's pretty good. Go on, shoot it.
Brian Kessler: No, I never did this. I don't know how to do this.
Early Grayce: Yeah, you can do it. Point and shoot the damn thing. No, bud, you're jerking it. You're all like this. You gotta hold it soft, like your pecker. OK?
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(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
Written by Bobby Troup (as Bob Troup)
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
Courtesy of Liberty Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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To the actors of Kal-ee-for-nee-a, I say...
30 October 2003 | by (Lindenhurst, IL) – See all my reviews

Nicely done! (pardon my Arnold Schwarzenegger)...

This movie was completely ignored when released back in '93, and that's a shame. It's a great, suspenseful two hour road-trip that certainly opened my eyes to see that Brad Pitt was indeed an actor. He looks like he took took the 'method-acting' thing seriously, as with his appearance in TRUE ROMANCE, I doubt he took even one shower in 1992.

Duchovny & Forbes were also fine as the normal half of this "ride share from hell", but I'm guessing Juliette Lewis' naive "jailbait" turned off a few people (see NBK or CAPE FEAR for further proof). Just ignore her grating & whiny delivery, and go along for the wild ride all the way to KALIFORNIA.

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