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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?


During the movie, Early Grace sports a chipped tooth. Brad Pitt visited a dentist to have the tooth chipped for the role. See more »


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


[looking at and admiring Mrs. Mustgraves cactus plants. Everyone else is naturally in a state of silence]
Adele Corners: [to Mrs. Mustgrave] You have such beautiful cactuses ma'am. I just love them. My mama had a cactus garden, and I had this baby cactus, and I was gonna plant it...
[scene shifts to Carrie and Brian who are tied up to the leg of a heavy piano]
Brian Kessler: [in low voice to Carrie] You gotta talk to Adele. She looks up to you. She'll listen.
Carrie Laughlin: I tried talking to her at the mine. It didn't work.
Brian Kessler: Then try again.
Early Grayce: [...]
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No One Said It Would Be Easy
Written by Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert, Dan Schwartz
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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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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