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U Turn -- A drifter (Penn) becomes entangled with a femme fatale (Lopez) and her husband (Nolte) after his car breaks down in their small Southwest town.


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Writers (WGA):
John Ridley (screenplay)
John Ridley (book)
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Release Date:
3 October 1997 (USA) See more »
Expect the Unexpected. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Modern noir with a dark twist... See more (211 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Penn ... Bobby Cooper

Billy Bob Thornton ... Darrell

Abraham Benrubi ... Biker #1
Richard Rutowski ... Biker #2

Jon Voight ... Blind Man

Jennifer Lopez ... Grace McKenna

Powers Boothe ... Sheriff Potter

Nick Nolte ... Jake McKenna
Aida Linares ... Jamilla

Sean Stone ... Boy in Grocery Store

Ilia Volok ... Sergi (as Ilia Volokh)
Valeriy Nikolaev ... Mr. Arkady (as Valery Nikolaev)

Brent Briscoe ... Boyd

Bo Hopkins ... Ed

Julie Hagerty ... Flo (as Julie Haggerty)
Annie Tien ... Short Order Cook (as Annie Mei-Ling Tien)

Joaquin Phoenix ... Toby N. Tucker

Claire Danes ... Jenny

Sheri Foster ... Grace's Mother

Laurie Metcalf ... Bus Station Clerk

Liv Tyler ... Girl in Bus Station
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Flach ... Yes Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Stone 
Writing credits
John Ridley (screenplay)

John Ridley (book "Stray Dogs")

Produced by
William H. Brown .... associate producer (as Bill Brown)
Dan Halsted .... producer
John Ridley .... executive producer
Richard Rutowski .... co-producer
Clayton Townsend .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hank Corwin 
Thomas J. Nordberg 
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Victor Kempster 
Jacqueline M. Granger (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Dan Webster 
Set Decoration by
Merideth Boswell 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... key makeup artist
Cydney Cornell .... department head hair stylist
Ken Diaz .... makeup creator: Jon Voight
Ken Diaz .... makeup designer: Jon Voight
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist: Jon Voight
Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist
Mark Sanchez .... makeup artist (as Mark R. Sanchez)
Natalie Wood .... makeup artist
Melissa A. Yonkey .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jeff Flach .... production supervisor
Clayton Townsend .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seth Cirker .... first assistant director
Paul Byrne Prenderville .... second assistant director (as Paul Prenderville)
Jason Roberts .... second assistant director: Palm Springs (uncredited)
Art Department
Sarah Bowen .... art department coordinator
Bill Darrow .... stand-by painter
Marc Fisichella .... set designer
Kevin M. Gannon .... assistant props
Michael R. Gannon .... assistant property master
Bill Holmquist .... construction coordinator
Ari Jacobs .... production assistant/graphics
John A. Kelly .... key set painter
Bill Land .... set dresser
John M. Oswald .... set dresser
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
John Root .... supervising signwriter (as John L. Root)
Tommy Samona .... lead man
Gregg Singer .... swing gang boss
Kristen Spinning .... painter
Ryan T. Mennealy .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound mixer
Neal J. Anderson .... adr supervisor
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura Harris)
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Kevin Cerchiai .... utility sound
Toby Dalsgaard .... foley editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Chris Hogan .... sound effects editor
David Kneupper .... supervising sound editor
Peter J. Lehman .... sound effects editor
Brian D. Lucas .... sound recordist
Horace Manzanares .... assistant sound editor
Brian McPherson .... sound effects editor
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Morris .... sound effects editor
Patrick N. Sellers .... dialogue editor (as Pat Sellers)
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Lauren Stephens .... sound editor
Fabio Venturi .... sound engineer
Bob Bowman .... assistant adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Henderscheid .... special effects coordinator (as Mark Hendersheid)
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator
G. Peter King .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tom Lamb .... digital artist
Stephanie Finochio .... stunt double
Tierre Turner .... stunt coordinator
Scott Waugh .... stunt double: Sean Penn
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Amorelli .... set electrician
Kenneth J. Appel .... electrian
Jerry G. Callaway .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jerry G. Callaway .... director of photography: second unit
John Cardoni .... rigging gaffer
Stephen DeRespino .... grip
James W. Finnerty .... key grip (as James Finnerty Jr.)
Tab Fivecoat .... company grip
Wayne D. Goldwyn .... time-lapse photography
Timothy Healy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Glen Holland .... lighting console programmer
Marty Kassab-Chaney .... video wrangler
Tom Kerwick .... key grip: b unit
Steve Koster .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Jonathan Lumley .... chief lighting technician
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Gregor Tavenner .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Renee Treyball .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kelly Marie Uchimura .... film loader
Jeanne Vienne .... second assistant camera (as Jeanne Lipsey)
Robert Amses .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
John Cambria .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Julian Del Valle .... balloon lighting supervisor (uncredited)
Jeffrey L. Kimball .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Dave Lowry .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ronald Plant .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Curt B. Walheim .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Anne McCarthy .... casting associate
Sandra Noriega .... extras casting
Alyssa Weisberg .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Kurpaska .... costume supervisor
June Barney .... seamstress (uncredited)
Cookie Lopez .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Brian Berdan .... additional editor
Charles Johnston .... post-production assistant
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Saar Klein .... additional editor
Christine Lee .... first assistant editor (as C.Y. Lee)
Paul Martinez .... first assistant editor
Yvonne Valdez .... assistant editor
Shane Ross .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Steve W. Mauldin .... composer: additional music
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Denise Okimoto .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Jeff Couch .... transportation captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
Brian Steagall .... transportation captain
Other crew
Steve Banta .... office production assistant (as Stephen Banta)
James 'Morris' Byrnes .... set production assistant
Ian Calip .... office production assistant
Mindy J. Cole .... assistant: Mr. Halsted (as Mindy Cole)
Ann Marie Digioia .... assistant: Mr. Townsend
Denis Doyle .... set production assistant
Brad Hall .... key set production assistant
Jacob Hensberry .... production assistant
Nicholas Irwin .... second assistant accountant
Eddie Kish .... office production assistant
Christine Lee .... title designer: main title (as C.Y. Lee)
Phillip Lozevski .... office production assistant (as Phillip M. Lozevski)
Arthur Manson .... producers' representative
Chris Miller .... technical services
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy .... first assistant accountant (as Sue Schnulle Murphy)
Karen O'Toole .... assistant production coordinator
David Pomier .... assistant location manager
Golan Ramraz .... production assistant (as Golan Ramras)
Chris Renna .... company physician (as Dr. Christian Renna)
Concepcion Roca .... craft service
Gregg Rosenzweig .... set production assistant
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant
Keenan Rutowski .... location assistant
Jordan Ryder .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Barbara-Ann Stein .... controller
Scott Stravitz .... construction medic
Annie Tien .... assistant: Mr. Stone (as Annie Mei-Ling Tien)
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach
Gary Thomas Williams .... office production assistant
Gary R. Wordham .... production coordinator
Corey B. Yugler .... script supervisor
Larry Zience .... set production assistant (as Larry A. Zience)
Cody Flynn Alexander .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gary Greene .... special thank you (as Gary S. Greene)
Kevin White .... special thank you (as Kevin C. White)

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language
125 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Laurie Metcalf makes a cameo in the film, making U Turn (1997) her second collaboration with Oliver Stone since JFK (1991).See more »
Factual errors: Not only is there a visible line attached to the vulture's leg in one scene, this vulture and all vultures shown in the movie are of a species that does not exist in the United States.See more »
Bobby:And a waitress named Flo.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Rumble in the Bronx (1995)See more »
Lonesome TownSee more »


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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Modern noir with a dark twist..., 25 July 2000
Author: centurymantra-2 from Michigan USA

Brilliant & hallucinatory cinematography, impeccable use of music, and a handful of dark, edgy character sketches all work together very nicely to make this bleak, dark-humoured desert noir an overlooked highlight of Oliver Stone's career. The highly evocative atmosphere plays out against the Arizona desert in a way that (in addition to foreshadowing some of the work done in Terry Gilliam's own twisted little masterpiece 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas') seems to mirror, in a more subtle and tasteful manner, much of Stone's work in 'Natural Born Killers'. However, rather than hitting us over the head with whatever socially charged 'message' he may have been attempting to convey in that film, here he is simply content to let it build up a thick and steamy ambience that moves our hapless comrades on towards their own impending personal apocalypse. Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and Jennifer Lopez all turn in great performances and Billy Bob Thornton's eccentric character sketch elevates what may be defined as a bit part to a far more relevant status. Modern noir with a few dark twists and a taste all it's own that's well worth digging into...for those who have a taste for this kind of thing, if you know what I mean.

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