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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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Kathy Larson ...
Teenage Girl (as Catherine Larson)
David Milford ...
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John Zarchen ...
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David Rose ...
Eric
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Tommy Chappelle ...
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James Michael McDougal ...
John Diebold (as J. Michael McDougal)
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Carol
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Marisa Raper ...
Little Girl
Bill Crabb ...
Middle Aged Farmer (as Bill Crabbe)
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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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Rated R for strong violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,395,231 (USA)
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During the movie, Early Grace sports a chipped tooth. Brad Pitt visited a dentist to have the tooth chipped for the role. See more »

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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 »

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Early Grayce: I was reading in your deal there how they never caught that Black Dolly killer.
Brian Kessler: Black Dahlia.
Early Grayce: Yeah.
Brian Kessler: They didn't.
Early Grayce: I was wondering how come. See what I'm getting at? It's like 'Hmm?'.
Brian Kessler: Well, some people think he just stopped killing and disappeared back into society.
Early Grayce: That's fine and dandy, but I wanna know what a smart fella like yourself thinks.
Brian Kessler: I always thought it was the work of a serial killer. You know, anybody who took such time and care bisecting another human being.
Early Grayce: Bisecting?
Brian Kessler: You know, he...
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This is a very impressive psychological thriller
26 February 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I had seen 'Kalifornia' before (must be about 10 years ago) and I still remember to be very impressed by it. That's why I wanted to see it again and all I can say is that it still hasn't lost its power, even though I'm used to a lot more when it comes to movies than that I was ten years ago.

'Kalifornia' tells the tale of the writer Brian Kessler and his girlfriend Carrie Laughlin, a photographer, who want to move to California. But instead of stepping on a plain and flying right to the state where they say it never rains, they choose to make a trip by car. He wants to write a book about America's most famous serial killers and she will make the matching pictures. But because their car uses an enormous amount of petrol, they decide to take another couple with them, so they can spread the costs of the trip. Only one couple has answered the add, so they will automatically be the lucky ones. But they haven't met each other yet and when seeing the other couple for the first time, when their trip has already started, Carrie is shocked. Without wanting to be prejudiced, she can only conclude that Early Grayce and Adele Corners are poor white trailer park trash. She definitely doesn't want them in her car, but Brian doesn't really mind to take them with them and decides to stop and pick them up anyway. At first the couple doesn't seem to be that bad after all, but gradually Early Grayce changes from a trashy hillbilly into a remorseless murderer...

Not only is the story very impressive, so is the acting from our four leads. Brad Pitt is incredible as Early Grayce. His performance in this movie may well be his best ever. The same for Juliette Lewis. She plays the childish and naive girlfriend that doesn't want to hear a bad word about her Early and does that really very well. But David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes are a surprise as well. They both did a very good job and I really wonder why we never heard anything from Forbes again since this movie, because she really proves to have a lot of talent.

Overall this is a very good and impressive psychological thriller with a very powerful story, but because of the graphic violence, I can imagine that it may not be to everybody's taste (although I don't really see another way how to portray a serial killer in a believable way). Personally I really liked this movie a lot and the violence never bothered me (it's a part of the story that's too important to be left out). I reward this movie with an 8/10.


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