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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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Cast

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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,395,231
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The locations where the serial killer events take place are related to the names of the actors in the movie. Lewiston Ranch, Mt. Juliet, TX (Juliette Lewis); Forbes, TN (Michelle Forbes; Davidson Mine, Dew Cove, NV (David Duchovny); Bradbury Textile Warehouse in Pittsburgh, PA (Brad Pitt). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Carrie Laughlin: He beats her, you know.
Brian Kessler: How do you know that?
Carrie Laughlin: Because she told me, that's how I know that.
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Soundtracks

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 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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