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U Turn (1997)

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

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Sergi (as Ilia Volokh)
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Flo (as Julie Haggerty)
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Storyline

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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Expect the unexpected. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,730,440 (USA) (5 October 1997)

Gross:

$6,633,400 (USA) (2 November 1997)
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Trivia

Liv Tyler, although she only has a brief cameo in the film, starred with Billy Bob Thornton in Armageddon the following year. See more »

Goofs

Near the first of the movie, where Cooper's car passes a vulture eviscerating a dead animal, the vulture clearly has a leg ring with an attached band that is being yanked. See more »

Quotes

Grace: Fuck you, Superior!
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References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Help Me Make It Through The Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Sammi Smith
Courtesy of Sizemore Music
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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Sordid tales in a little town of the southern USA.
10 December 2004 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

A marked gambler (Penn) on the run, comes to a little town in the middle of nowhere, south USA. A town filled with very unusual characters, sordid secrets and strange opportunities, that seem very appealing to this "Pat Poker" on the run, which desperately needs money to pay the idiotic, redneck town mechanic. Penn and Nolte are at the greatest level, and Lopez fills the requisites of her character. Beautiful piece of writing, with surprising plot twists which make way to a most brilliant ending, "Stone" style despair. A very misunderstood work by this brilliant, all-American director. Another piece of genuine America, with all her virtues and even more flaws, seen trough "stone" cold eyes...


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