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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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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,395,231 (USA)
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Michelle Forbes' photographer character is a reference to the controversial photographer Andres Serrano, specifically his series "History of Sex" and "The Klan" (from the early 1990s). 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 »

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Middle Aged Farmer: Elvis, get the fuck off of him!
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Kalifornia with a capital "K"
22 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just got done watching "Kalifornia" on Showtime for the fourth time since I first saw it back in July of 2001. You would think that with the recent wave of serial killer films, that "Kalifornia" would be amongst some of the earlier films worthy of mention but hasn't. Perhaps if this film had been released sometime between like 1996-1999, maybe it might have been more successful. In my opinion, "Kalifornia" is much different from most serial killer films released during the late 1990s. It has an almost completely different atmosphere from most of today's serial killer films like "Seven" or "The Bone Collector". Many serial killer films have shown a killer but that person is always behind a mask or we never see enough of them to actually learn anything about them. "Kalifornia" is a film that actually tries to break through that barrier and actually understand the criminal mind. It tries to answer questions like "why do they do the things they do? Is it because of something that happened in their past? Does it make them feel superior or powerful? Or do they do it because they like the thrill of the kill?" These are some of the things that "Kalifornia" tries to answer but also leaves room for us to try and figure things out for ourselves. Brad Pitt makes an everlasting impression as Early Grayce. When we first meet Early in the beginning of the film, we see that he is obviously one disturbed individual. When we first see him, it's late at night. Early is possibly drunk. We then see him pick up a rock, throw it off a bridge, and it later lands on the windshield of a passing car. Pitt is fierce in this film. It is always good to see him when he plays psychos or really bad people. It's funny that this would later lead him play a true loon like in "12 Monkeys" and that he would be on the other end of the spectrum in David Fincher's "Seven".


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