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16 October 1998 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Mike Maas ... Victor Drub / Dumpster Bum

Nick Fenske ... Mechanic
Mark Priolo ... Frank Priolo

Joe Carnahan ... Sid French
Andrew Fowler ... Mike Carbuyer
Gloria Gómez ... Julie Carbuyer (as Gloria Gomez)
Dan Leis ... Bob Melba
Josephine Arreola ... Elda
Dave Booth ... Jerry
Kevin Hale ... Pinto Guy
Max Ancar ... Frank Manzano
Leah Carnahan ... Ginger
Scott Taylor ... Dick Dupree Sr.

Eric Lutes ... Dick Dupree Jr.
Carlos V. Hernandez ... Diaz Carbajal (as Carlos Hernandez)
Dan Harlan ... Danny Woo
Karla Cave ... Dottie Woo
Karen Olsen ... Attendant
Matt Carnahan ... Mitchell Wayne Richter
James Salter ... Raymont Phelps
Ken Rudulph ... FBI Agent Jared
Jerry Rainbolt ... Jerry Goldman

Honor Echlund ... Dancer
Rick Reinaldo ... Inmate 1
Dave Collagan ... Inmate 2
Michael A. Saumure ... Vernon Cash (as Michael Saumure)
Kurt Johnson ... Hilbilly Sniper

Hugh McChord ... Mr. Reich
Tanja Anguay ... Woo Cowgirl 1
Priya Patel ... Woo Cowgirl 2
Chuck Leis ... Pete the Bartender
Kellee Benedict ... FBI Agent Littel

Mark S. Allen ... FBI Agent Franks
Shad Selby ... Paramedic
Stew Oleson ... Milt Huggins
Spencer Mulcahy ... Hick in Overalls
Dave Pierini ... Bill the Mechanic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyle Fenske ... Vato #4 (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Carnahan 
Writing credits
Joe Carnahan (written by)

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
Joe Carnahan .... producer
Leon Corcos .... producer
Kevin Hale .... co-producer
Charles Leis .... executive producer
Dan Leis .... producer
Patrick Lynn .... producer (as Patrick M. Lynn)
Chip Sires .... co-producer
Original Music by
Martin Birke (original musical score)
Mark Priolo (original musical score)
Cinematography by
John Alexander Jimenez (director of photography) (as John A. Jimenez)
Film Editing by
Joe Carnahan 
Art Direction by
Eric Lutes 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Eric Lutes .... makeup artist
Production Management
Leon Corcos .... post supervisor
Carlos V. Hernandez .... unit production manager (as Carlos Hernandez)
Mark Stolaroff .... post-production manager: Next Wave Films (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Rhodes .... first assistant director (as William Rhodes)
Art Department
Eric Lutes .... designer: original boiler plate logo
Sound Department
Dave Booth .... boom operator
John Flanagan .... sound designer
John Flanagan .... sound editing
Aaron Kinney .... additional sound recording
Aaron Kinney .... sound effects
Spencer Mulcahy .... sound recordist
Chris Pickett .... sound effects
Mike Shively .... additional sound recording
Rockne Carnahan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Bohren .... grip
Leon Corcos .... additional photography
Mark Herzig .... additional photography
Spencer Mulcahy .... gaffer
Kerry Sweeney .... grip (as Kieran M. Sweeney)
Editorial Department
Leon Corcos .... editor: Media 100 editing
Skot Kuiper .... telecine transfer
Andrew Pratt .... negative cutter (as Andy Pratt)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Tara Veneruso .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniel Peter Kolton .... composer: original lounge compositions (as Dan Kolton)
Mama's Gravy .... composer: additional music
Casualty Park .... composer: additional music
Mark Pieruccini .... composer: additional music
Luis Resto .... composer: original lounge compositions
Joel McDonell .... musician: drums, Mama's Gravy (uncredited)
Vince Mellone .... musician: guitar, Mama's Gravy (uncredited)
John Mullick .... musician: bass, Mama's Gravy (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Leon Corcos .... vehicle provider: 1963 Burgundy Le Mans
Joel McDonell .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Armain Austin .... production assistant
Jim Davis .... production assistant
Karen Olsen .... production assistant
Rick Stevenson .... weapons specialist
Sean Michael Sullivan .... production assistant (as Sean Sullivan)
Joel McDonell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Arbios .... special thanks
Karl R. Austen .... special thanks (as Karl Austen)
Michelle Byrd .... special thanks
George Allen Carnahan .... in memory of: 1925 - 1997
Maile Carnahan .... this film is dedicated to: with love and absolution (as Maile)
Mary Carnahan .... special thanks
Rockne Carnahan .... this film is dedicated to: with love and absolution (as Rockne)
Woody Carnahan .... special thanks (as Woody)
Deborah Chausse .... special thanks
Cario Cordero .... special thanks (as Cario)
Christy Cordero .... this film is dedicated to: with love and absolution (as Christine)
Sandy Cordero .... special thanks
Andy Crittenden .... special thanks
Karl Davis .... special thanks
Neil Friedman .... special thanks
Geoffrey Gilmore .... special thanks (as Geoff Gilmore)
Alan Koshiyama .... special thanks
Megan Leis .... special thanks
Hans Schiff .... special thanks
Jonathan Sehring .... special thanks
Sharon Sklar .... special thanks (as Sharan Sklar)
Mark Stolaroff .... special thanks
Milton Tabbot .... special thanks
Elliot Troshinsky .... special thanks
Tara Veneruso .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language
87 min
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Continuity: When Sid is shot and Bob is helping to bind the wound, they both begin to tie off below the wound, instead of above it (between the wound and the heart, in order to constrict blood flow). When we next see Sid's leg, the wound is bound correctly, above the wound.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Unfairly Under-appreciated, 19 June 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

When Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi came out in 1992, everyone was so dazzled by what Rodriguez could do for $7,500. Blood Guts Bullets & Octane was released in 1999, and everyone found it to be a simple Tarantino rip-off. Well, frankly, Blood Guts Bullets & Octane is at least three times the film El Mariachi is, because not only was Joe Carnahan able to make a feature-length film with choreographed violence and creative freedom like Rodriguez did, but he also wrote a very tight, extremely smart, creative script. Rodriguez wrote a laughable little direct-to-video fluff where the dialogue is stilted in the worst way and the story hardly works. Why when someone detects even the slightest acknowledgment of Tarantino in a film do they decide to fire criticism at it when maybe it could be more than a simple clone?

I don't believe Quentin Tarantino had any influence on this film. Yes, you could say he did, because the story flashes back and the dialogue is earthy and clever. But is he the only filmmaker to have ever told a nonlinear story with earthy, clever dialogue? No. Far from it. In fact, I think it's extremely injust and unfair to protect so ardently from imitation a filmmaker like Tarantino, who admittedly steals from every other filmmaker in existence, even ones that came after him. And those who criticize this film for being a Tarantino clone may not be as well-versed in film as Tarantino or Carnahan himself to the point where you would realize that the dialogue is not at all like Tarantino's. QT writes dialogue with the intention of sounding realistic. He acts as recorder while his characters segue into natural conversations irrelevant to the plot. Carnahan's characters speak like satirizations of car dealers and people you would only find in movies. His dialogue is written to be quick, jazzy, clever, and even a little poetic, because sometimes lines will be alliterative, contain similes and metaphors, and other such things. If you would like to zero in on Carnahan's influence---and every writer, filmmaker, or any other artist has their influences---then perhaps David Mamet is a better candidate. Even so, who cares? Carnahan's script is loaded with razor-sharp wit and his own knack for the pace and rhythm of a film.

I think for a film made for $8,000 and bags of Doritos the cast is quite convincing. Whether they are professional or trained actors I don't know, but whoever they are, they have natural penchants for acting. Carnahan himself is excellent, and perhaps the best of the performances comes from Dan Leis, who plays opposite him.

The cinematography and editing get a bit gimmicky and overexerted, especially in terms of the unpatterned switching off between color and black-and-white and title cards for each scene. It seems corny and gratuitous, and considering it as a movie despite its budget and circumstances, it definitely is, but Carnahan is a smart and practical director, and he made this film to pack a shattering punch of all that he can do and more with just that much money (and Doritos).

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