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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

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The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

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Storyline

The lead character, called 'The Bride,' was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover 'Bill.' Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill's child, 'The Bride' decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, 'The Bride' wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins. Written by JD

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bride | sword | revenge | japan | coma | See All (269) »

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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10 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Kill Bill  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£162,857 (UK) (10 October 2003)

Gross:

$70,098,138 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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Trivia

The black and white photography in the Crazy 88 fight scene is ultimately known as a homage to '70s and '80s US television airings of kung fu movies. Black and white (as well as black and red), were used to conceal the shedding of blood from television censors. Originally, no black and white photographic effects were going to be used (and in the Japanese version none are), but the MPAA demanded measures be taken to tone the scene down. Tarantino merely used the old trick for its intended purpose, rather than merely as an homage. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene between the Bride and Vernita Green when Vernita tries to impale the kitchen knife into the Bride on the dining table, you can see the rubber blade roll upwards as it strikes the tabletop. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: Do you find me sadistic? You know, I bet I could fry an egg on your head right now, if I wanted to. You know, Kiddo, I'd like to believe that you're aware enough even now to know that there's nothing sadistic in my actions. Well, maybe towards those other... jokers, but not you. No Kiddo, at this moment, this is me at my most...
[cocks pistol]
Bill: masochistic.
The Bride: Bill... it's your baby...
[BLAM!]
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Crazy Credits

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." - Old Klingon Proverb See more »

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Referenced in Born of the Metropolis IV (2008) See more »

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Twisted Nerve
Written by Bernard Herrmann
Performed by Bernard Herrmann
Courtesy of Canal + Image UK, Ltd.
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Hardly a film
16 October 2003 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Frequently boring, extremely disjointed, and way too self-congratulatory. My biggest personal pet peeve was that it was very noncinematic in its heavy use of voiceover narration, on-screen titles, and speechifying by characters. I like film to convey points of plot and character and mood and attitude through imagery and action... that's what the medium excels at, no? To have these points conveyed through narration and bad dialogue is inexcusable to me. As for the vaunted action sequences... yes, they are well done, but I found myself wanting to go home and watch all of a Leone western, or a early-70's Japanese pop-Samurai film, or "Battle Royale," or one of my favorite HK action flicks, rather than Tarantino's far-too-short pastiches of same. I so desperately want this film to bomb at the box office. If this travesty spawns imitators, I'm packing it in and bidding farewell to multiplex cinema. On a positive note, Uma was enjoyable in the lead and Lucy Liu made a fine villainess. It was great to see Sonny Chiba on the big screen, also.


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