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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.

Overview

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John Ridley (screenplay)
John Ridley (book)
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Release Date:
3 October 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Expect the Unexpected. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A grim but comic confection. See more (206 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Directed by
Oliver Stone 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Kevin Cerchiai .... utility sound
Toby Dalsgaard .... foley editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Laura R. Harris .... dialogue editor (as Laura Harris)
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
 
Stunts
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
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 Ramras .... production assistant
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)
 
Thanks
Gary Greene .... special thank you (as Gary S. Greene)
Kevin White .... special thank you (as Kevin C. White)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language
Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The role of Grace was originally intended for Sharon Stone, but salary negotiations fell through.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of boom, platform and cameraman visible at lower left hand of aerial view of intersection at beginning of movie right after Cooper's radiator hose blows.See more »
Quotes:
Bobby:[looks at Jake] What about him?
Grace:Let him watch. I want him to know what he's missing.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Honky-Tonk GirlSee more »

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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A grim but comic confection., 9 August 1999
Author: Patrick K. Lanzing from Chicago

In "U-Turn," Oliver Stone narrows his focus from the broad-canvass projects he typically produces. Those seeking the knowing profundities of "JFK" or "Nixon" will be disappointed. This is a genre picture of the desert southwestern potboiler variety, a much-updated "Painted Desert" kind of film. Lots of bad luck, scorpions, whiskey, sexual perversity, bullying, greed, lots of sweat and very little shaving. The basic questions begged by a movie like this one are these: Who will have sex? Who will live? Who will die? And who will end up with the money? By the final reel, all these questions are very satisfactorily answered. For a picture of this type, "U-Turn" is very good indeed.

Sean Penn is smashing, Nolte has never been creepier, and Jennifer Lopez is, er, extremely effective in this film's only real female role. John Voight, buried in the role a mystic Indian, is most entertaining. And we get another patented oddball performance by Billy Bob Thornton that is absolutely worth the price of admission. For good measure, Juaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes deliver a too-brief but electrifying turn as a young couple adept at creating trouble. As if Sean Penn, in this picture, didn't have enough already.

Sure, the predictable desert atmospherics are a bit overdone. But the solid script by John Ridley, the letter-perfect performances, and Stone's sure directorial hand make this one of his better films.

This movie is out of the theatres, so one word to you parents about "U-Turn." This is not one to watch in the presence of the kiddies. It contains very graphic and violence and sexual material clearly unsuitable for young folk or the sensitive soul of any age.

But if you like your film noir with sand and scorpions thrown in for good measure, this is a sure-fire rental that will leave you fully satisfied.

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