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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

 -  Action | Crime | Horror  -  19 January 1996 (USA)
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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

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After a bank heist in Abilene with several casualties, the bank robber Seth Gecko and his psychopath and rapist brother Richard Gecko continue their crime spree in a convenience store in the middle of the desert while heading to Mexico with a hostage. They decide to stop for a while in a low-budget motel. Meanwhile the former minister Jacob Fuller is traveling on vacation with his son Scott and his daughter Kate in a RV. Jacob lost his faith after the death of his beloved wife in a car accident and quit his position of pastor of his community and stops for the night in the same motel Seth and Richard are lodged. When Seth sees the recreational vehicle, he abducts Jacob and his family to help his brother and him to cross the Mexico border, promising to release them on the next morning. They head to the truck drivers and bikers bar Titty Twister where Seth will meet with his partner Carlos in the dawn. When they are watching the dancer Santanico Pandemonium, Seth and Richard fight with ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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19 January 1996 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,645,343 (UK) (14 June 1996)

Gross:

ITL 542,886,000 (Italy) (3 January 1997)
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Before George Clooney was cast, Tim Roth, John Travolta, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, and Christopher Walken were offered the role of Seth Gecko. All passed because of scheduling conflicts. See more »

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The same girl who dances on Frost's table (the one wearing the headband with green feathers) can be seen dancing on the floor when Seth offers the Fullers a drink. See more »

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[first lines]
Pete Bottoms: Hey, Earl
Earl McGraw: Yes, sir.
Pete Bottoms: What do ya know?
Earl McGraw: Well, it's a hot goddam day
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The return of the B-movies!
8 April 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

"From Dusk Till Dawn" is a great crossover between A- and B-movies, that only a genius like Quentin Tarantino could have made possible: there are great character actors (Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis) next to Hollywood superstars like George Clooney, Salma Hayek or Tarantino himself. Not to forget the excavation of almost forgotten cult-,trash- and C-movie actors like Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson, Tom Savini, John Saxon or Michael Parks. Of course, "From Dusk Till Dawn" is also the only serious horror film of the 90s, which gave this sickening genre some new impulses. While all those teenager flicks like "The Faculty" (also directed by Robert Rodriguez) were only rip-offs from their elder examples, FDTD has enough originality to be a real classic! This movie is full of slime and gore, absurd ideas (holy water filled in condoms), although the showdown reminded me a little bit on Peter Jackson´s "Braindead". Instead you get a great performance from Salma Hayek, who is one of the most erotic women alive! Her dance is one of the most unforgettable moments ever featured in a horror film! Many people also find it idiotic to combine a gangster story with a splatter flick: well, you shouldn´t take this movie too serious, because "From Dusk Till Dawn" is nothing else but a B-movie with A-list actors. It exists from his crazy ideas and the pure fun entertainment! (9/10)


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