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Kalifornia (1993)

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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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)
Patricia Sill ...
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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A state of fear and terror See more »

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Crime | Drama | 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  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,395,231 (USA)
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This is the second of two films in which Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis co-starred together and played a criminal couple. The first was the TV film Too Young to Die? (1990). They started dating while shooting "Too Young to Die?" in 1989, when Lewis was 16 years old and Pitt was 26. The relationship ended in 1993, shortly after "Kalifornia" was released. Director Dominic Sena didn't know that Lewis and Pitt were a couple when he cast them. He was looking for someone to play Adele when he saw Lewis in "Too Young to Die?", and immediately wanted her for his film. While searching for an actor to play Early Grayce, Sena noticed Pitt in "Thelma & Louise". See more »

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Early Grayce seems to be driving two different Pontiac Grand Prix in the opening scenes; the headlights differ. See more »

Quotes

Early Grayce: [looking at Carrie's photos] Boring.
[drops photo on ground]
Early Grayce: Boring.
[drops photo on ground]
Early Grayce: Dog shit.
[drops photo on ground, looks at next photo and shows it to Brian and Carrie saying]
Early Grayce: Now that don't leave much to the imagination, does it?
[drops it to the ground and looks at the next photo and shows it to the two again saying]
Early Grayce: I know him.
[photo shows a person with white mask on]
[...]
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major Op. 93
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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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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