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My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)

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It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.

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Credited cast:
Craig Hamann ...
Mickey Burnett
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Crystal Shaw ...
Misty
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Entertainment Magnate
Al Harrell ...
Clifford
Brenda Hillhouse ...
Wife
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Ex-Girlfriend
Stevo Polyi ...
Deejay
Alan Sanborn ...
Nutmeg, Radio Station Receptionist
Rich Turner ...
Oliver Brandon
Rowland Wafford ...
Lenny Otis
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It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.

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Quentin Tarantino's friend and fellow Video Archives clerk Roger Avary worked as the cinematographer on this film. He found Rich Turner to be very funny, and later cast him as the American tourist in his debut feature, Killing Zoe (1993). In addition to playing minor roles in both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction (1994), Turner would later play a minor role in Boogie Boy (1998), written and directed by Craig Hamann, who also worked at Video Archives and who co-wrote this film. See more »

Quotes

Clifford: Your ass is grass, and I'm the lawnmower.
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References Return of the Street Fighter (1974) See more »

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I Walk the Line
Written and performed by Johnny Cash
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"Your a** is grass, and I'm the lawnmower!"- a near-lost, amateur QT treat
28 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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To those who wonder how I discovered My Best Friend's Birthday, I found this video on ebay, and it was definitely worth the money despite the deteriorated quality of the copy. This is filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's first independently funded film, and from what was assembled (the film wasn't completed and this can be seen since a couple of plot points are left un-answered at the end of 40 minutes) I can tell that it was one of those well-intentioned (if slight) signs-of-things-to-come.

Clarence Pool (Tarantino, with a full-on "Elvis Man" look) is a disc jockey at K-BILLY Radio (Reservoir Dogs' music conductor in a sense), and is planning to give his friend Micky Burnett (co-writer Craig Hamann) a call-girl for his birthday party (a story later re-used for True Romance). This is used as more of a signpost for the film to follow as the characters, in particular Clarence, go off on riffs of Dialog - the "I'd f*** Elvis" speech is in its first revelation - and it's often very funny. Even a kung-fu fight between Mickey and the call girl's pimp (Al Harrell) is executed with the similar sense of dark hilarity that has made Tarantino the pro he is now. Truth be told, the film isn't without its shortcomings for a budget of so little, and a couple of the scenes really don't work at all. Yet for what it's worth it's a small ruby of underground cinema.


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