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Gabriella, a Colombian immigrant, is obsessed with understanding violent crime. The current string of murders by "The Blue Blood Killer" of affluent Miami socialites provides her with fodder for her scrapbook of death. She lands a job with a post-murder cleaning service and during a Blue-Blood clean-up job, discovers evidence that police have overlooked. Written by Amy Searls <searls1@marshall.edu>

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After the killer kills, after the living are dead, somebody has to clean up the mess. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence/gore, and for brief language | See all certifications »
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27 September 1996 (USA)  »

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$2,309,723 (estimated)
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Though he didn't write the theme (as widely believed), and the music is not his usual style, Guns N' Roses guitar god Slash performs on the title theme. See more »

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Paul removes the top middle bolt twice. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Gabriela: Mommy, is this the house from Hansel and Gretel?
Young Gabriela's Mother: Yes, Gabriela.
Young Gabriela: Where's the witch?
[gunshots outside]
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SPOILER At the very end of the credits, after the copyright notice, there is a scene showing Gabriela driving a car, with Eduardo, playing the tape she recorded with Paul's voice saying her name after his death. See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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OBSESSION
Performed by Slash and Marta Sanchez
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Stunning black comedy
30 September 2003 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Tarantino presents this little gem, which he caught at an Italian genre festival while promoting Reservoir Dogs (he relates the fateful anecdote in an epilogue after the movie on video.) It shares with that director the nervy, hip black-comedy attitude, an absolute command of cinematic techniques, and a post-modern approach steeped in b-movie history. However, where QT's films (and similar triumphs like Go) are explosive, this one is insidiously subtle and dead-pan; so much so that the gradual recognition of the filmmakers' intentions will give you the shivers. The creeping revelations of the themes, the dark pastels, self-referential script and straight-faced performances are reminiscent of earlier successful dark comedies, like Parents and I, Madman. Jones (her solo dance is a knockout) and Baldwin are both dead-on, and the director and editor never miss a beat. This is one of the best films of the 90s. (by the way, did anyone notice that this film opened about the same time as Headless Body in Topless Bar? quite a coincidence.)


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