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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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Pinball Cowboy
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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)  »

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Asesinos por naturaleza  »

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Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$50,282,766 (USA)
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Trivia

During the scene where Micky and Mallory take a hostage to a motel room, the films Midnight Express (1978) and Scarface (1983) are showing on television. Oliver Stone wrote the screenplays to both films. See more »

Goofs

Leading up to the Super Bowl the number of victims that Mickey and Mallory murder change several times from fifty six to fifty seven to forty eight and other numbers in the deleted scenes and unrated cut. This might have been done deliberately by the film makers to give the killers the larger than life pop lore they wanted. See more »

Quotes

Mallory: I'm not really as bad as they say I am. I'm actually a really nice person.
Jack Scagnetti: Yeah I know. I did some pretty bad things myself. I killed someone.
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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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Drums a-Go-Go
Written by Paul Buff
Performed by The Hollywood Persuaders
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keep the camera still moron.
28 December 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

*CLANG-CLANG-CLANG* That's the sound of the movies message being relentless beaten into you. Other sounds that you might here during the film is the swallowing of headache tablets and the snoring of someone who's taken the easy way out leaving you to slog through the rest all alone.

This film can be summed up in one word. You might pick garbage, tedious, or just plain stupid. But in he end i think we have a winner in obnoxious. Two words? Really obnoxious. I'm sure some people can come up with explanations for why the film switches between black-and-white and colour at random intervals, I'm sure the random use of slow-mo didn't strike them as odd, nor the lens switching. Some people can see the future in chicken guts, I guess if you look hard enough you'll always find what you're looking for. And did anyone else think "Battlefield Earth" with all the tilting camera shots? What is it with bad films and the inability to keep the camera level?

I have no doubt the story was just as inane as the direction. Alas i can't remember a damn thing about it, maybe it didn't even exist. That'd explain all those directorial flourishes, who gets annoyed at the lack of plot when they've got a pounding headache? Bravo Mr. Stone! Bravo!

When the film settles down for the second half (or maybe I just started blocking out all the tricks in a desperate bid to get to the end of the film without snapping in frustration) it gets slightly better, or more accurately less bad. It's still a terrible film but I was so relieved to be able to tell what was going on my opinion shot up from "this film really really sucks" to "this film really sucks". Adios Natural Born Killers, I hope never to watch you again.


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