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U Turn (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  3 October 1997 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.8/10 from 40,884 users   Metascore: 54/100
Reviews: 211 user | 109 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

A young punk drifter heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in a Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong for him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Biker #1
Richard Rutowski ...
Biker #2
Aida Linares ...
Boy in Grocery Store
Sergi (as Ilia Volokh)
Valeriy Nikolaev ...
Mr. Arkady (as Valery Nikolaev)
Flo (as Julie Haggerty)


When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a (unbeknownst to him) young married woman, her husband hires Bobby to kill her. Later, she hires Bobby to kill the husband. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Sex. Murder. Betrayal. Everything that makes life worth living. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stray Dogs  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,730,440 (USA) (3 October 1997)


£72,044 (UK) (24 April 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in 42 days. See more »


Towards the very end, the camera and crew are reflected in an extreme close-up of Grace's eyes. See more »


Bobby: You're just an ignorant, inbred, tumbleweed hick.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Oliver Stones' best film by a wide margin.
9 January 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

U Turn is a great film. Of course it borrows from other films, so what? Sean Penn turns in a great performance as does Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Voight.Jennifer Lopez does her best to keep up with the seasoned professionals and by and large succeeds. As the story unfolds we get some great cameo performances from Voight and Thornton, whilst Penn pulls out all the stops. The twisting noir-ish plot succeeds in keeping us enthralled for the duration. None of the characters are particularly likeable which could be a problem in certain circumstances but in this film it just serves to make us enjoy their various fates. If Stone were to make smaller scale films like this instead of overblown rubbish like Any Given Sunday, Natural Born Killers and The Doors he might just find a more willing audience.

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