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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.
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
Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka's (Joe Grifasi) name is a reference to Karla Homolka who, with her husband Paul Bernardo, murdered two teenage girls and her own sister. See more »
No human can take such a repeated and concentrated dose of Mace as Mallory does and open their eyes so soon afterward, not to mention Mallory's eyes open quite easily and do not shut during the spray. Mallory also doesn't apply any water to her eyes, and seems to recover naturally only minutes later. This is one of many scenes which are supposed to be stylized and unrealistic. See more »
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 »
I remember "Natural Born Killers" making a huge fuss when it was
released because the media and conservative families were in an outrage
over the level of "glorified violence" in the film. To some extent they
were right -- the violence isn't glorified but much of it is
unnecessary. The movie could still be a brilliant satire of society/the
media without going into such graphic detail -- it's been proved in
cinema before that sometimes seeing less is better than gratuity. If
Oliver Stone's movie has one outstanding flaw, it's the lack of
That said, if you can handle the level of violence and take it
tongue-in-cheek, "Natural Born Killers" is so bizarre and funny that
it's worth the "trip." (Pun intended.) This is a crazy drug odyssey
that would have made Hunter S. Thompson look like Ronald Reagan. The
film is twisted, outlandish and out of its mind -- Oliver Stone has
gone stone-cold crazy and it's awesome.
Despite my reservations about his lack of subtlety, there is a flip
side to the coin: It is a story about excess. Stone's film-making has
gone somewhat awry over the years (look at the pointless excess of his
films after this), but this fits the bill because it IS a story of
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play the titular "Natural Born
Killers," Mickey and Mallory, a pair of crazy serial killers who both
suffered traumatic childhoods and are now rampaging America on a
literal killing spree.
After they are finally apprehended, the media has by now turned them
into such icons and glorified personalities that the public and media
seems to respect them as titans of filth.
This is where the social satire of the film comes into play,
essentially saying: We focus more on the killers than the heroes.
I do think it's a bit hypocritical of Oliver Stone to attempt to point
this out, as he is a die-hard liberal at his core and, as the
controversy surrounding this film's release proved, the conservatives
are too conservative to praise killers. It seems to be the liberal
media that glorifies violence (to some extent of course) so I thought
Stone would be the last person to ever criticize the media.
So yes it does come across as somewhat of a moot point but nevertheless
the film is still enjoyable despite its sometimes sickening amount of
over-the-top violence (the opening sequence of the Director's Cut is
The cast is superb - Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee
Jones, Tom Sizemore, Edie McClurg (the rental car agent from "Planes,
Trains and Automobiles" and Rooney's assistant in "Ferris Bueller"!)
and Denis Leary and Ashley Judd in deleted scenes included in the
The story was conceived by Quentin Tarantino (and it's very similar to
his "True Romance" script -- a sort of modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde
Redux") and re-written by Stone (much to the chagrin of QT). I'm not
sure which would have made for a better film but, despite its flaws
(which are mainly a none-too-subtle message and too much violence),
"Natural Born Killers" is a sort of bizarre, outlandish masterpiece of
drugged-out cinema. --
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