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Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | | Crime, Drama | 26 August 1994 (USA)
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

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Storyline

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. Written by garykmcd

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A bold new film that takes a look at a country seduced by fame, obsessed by crime and consumed by the media. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for extreme violence and graphic carnage, for shocking images, and for strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos por naturaleza  »

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Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$50,282,766 (USA)
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Oliver Stone says that his biggest regret about the film is the fact that he had to cut out most of Pruitt Taylor Vince's performance as the prison guard Kavanaugh. As filmed, Kavanaugh becomes a comic character, who Mickey uses as a shield while moving through the prison, and who ends up being shot sixteen times by the time Mickey meets Warden McClusky (Tommy Lee Jones) at the stairs. In the finished version of the film, you don't actually see Kavanaugh being shot at all, prior to the stairs. Stone says he was forced to cut much of this, because the studio insisted that the movie be under two hours. Strangely however, the footage of Kavanaugh was not restored by Stone for his Director's Cut, nor was it included as a deleted scene on the DVD. See more »

Goofs

When the waitress passes the redneck a beer, the glass bottle is clear, but when he's dancing with Mallory by the jukebox his bottle is brown. See more »

Quotes

Ed Wilson: If it wasn't for me, you'd still be slingin' hash in that shithouse and fuckin' your boss.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are superimposed over a vast amount of stock footage, ranging from the future of Mickey and Mallory, stock A-Bomb tests, childhood photos of Mickey and Mallory, time-lapse footage, scenes from the movie, and so on. See more »

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Referenced in Entre vías (1995) See more »

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Kipenda Roho
Written by Remmy Ongala
Performed by Remmy Ongala & Remmy Ongala & Orchestra Super Matimila (as Orchestre Super Matimila)
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgin Records Ltd.
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Blame the media
20 March 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Natural Born Killers is a disturbing film. It is a great film as well. Visually it looks great and between all that violence there is a message. Criticizing the influence of media with another form of media called film.

With a lot of cuts, strange camera angles, different colors, the kind of music and a lot of symbolism the sick world of mass murderers Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) is presented. And the sick world of how people react to their violence. Director Oliver Stone shows it to us with this satire in a great and really disturbing way.

Harrelson and Lewis hit the right tone for Mickey and Mallory. Tom Sizemore as a cop, Robert Downey Jr. as a journalist (representing the whole media) and especially Tommy Lee Jones as the prison warden are great too. Originally written by Quentin Tarantino, although he was not too happy with the result in the end, this is one of the best satires I have seen. May be it is not for everyone, the images are not always that nice, but the meaning must be for everyone.


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