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Southland Tales (2006)

During a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Amezcua ...
Himself
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Robert Benz ...
Tab Taverner
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Bing Zinneman
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Brandt Huntington
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UPU 4 Officer 3 (as Chris Ciulla)
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Vanessa Vera Cruz
Aaron Dillar ...
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Jon Falcone ...
Soldier Falcon
Leila Feinstein ...
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Jaret Gardiner ...
Shane Laverne
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General Teena MacArthur
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Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. Written by TheGuyInThePj's

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Warning: you are entering a domain of chaos. See more »


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Rated R for language, violence, sexual material and some drug content | See all certifications »

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7 December 2007 (UK)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,428, 18 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,380, 20 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$374,743, 29 June 2008
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Jason Lee, Tim Blake Nelson and Ali Larter were offered parts. See more »

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When Boxer Santaros confronts Serpentine and Dr. Inga Von Westphalen, the boom microphone is visible as the camera pans from one to the other. See more »

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[first lines]
Private Pilot Abilene: [narration] In the aftermath of nuclear attacks in Texas, America found itself on the brink of anarchy.
[overlapping news reports]
Private Pilot Abilene: World War III had begun.
Private Pilot Abilene: The accelerated conflict in the Middle East placed significant restrictions on American access to oil. Alternative fuel sources became a lucrative commodity. Americans were transfixed by the terrorist's threat, and were willing to prevent another attack by any means necessary. Military checkpoints were erected at each State line. ...
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After the credits, a logo appears of a thumbprint over an American flag with the words: "DON'T TOUCH ME" See more »


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Wave of Mutilation
(UK Surf)
Written by Frank Black (as Black Francis)
Performed by Pixies (as The Pixies)
Courtesy of 4AD Limited
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Tales from Cannes
22 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now, this film has some definite problems, but it receives a 10 in my book for the director's insistence on trying something different. This film certainly doesn't offer a story that fits the A,B,C, plot mold of standard Hollywood pictures and it lacks slightly in characterization, but makes up for it with idea's, experimental style, and a "european" view of the current climate of the United States of America (now matter what your politics).

As an American viewer currently in France, I'm astounded that there are not more critics praising this feature. I understand the casting choices are odd, but after hearing Richard Kelly speak of the film as a "puzzle" it seems to make more and more sense as I replay the anarchic gonzo like images in my head.

This film is not about the characters, but the situation in which the characters inhabit. It's an experience. I mean do any of us actually "care" about David Bowman in 2001? Yes, the oddities in the film grow astoundingly quirky (bowel movement thermonuclear baby) but see this film simply to experience something new and to insure more films that don't fit the mold are made. I mean that's why we see Jarmusch pictures, right?


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