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Grindhouse (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Thriller  |  6 April 2007 (USA)
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Quentin Tarantino and Rober Rodriguez's homage to drive-in double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.

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Kim (segment "Death Proof")
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Pam (segment "Death Proof") / Cherry (segment "Planet Terror")
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Shanna (segment "Death Proof") / Judy (segment "Thanksgiving")
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Lee (segment "Death Proof")
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Warren (segment "Death Proof") / Rapist #1 (segment "Planet Terror")
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Marcy (segment "Death Proof")
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Dov (segment "Death Proof") / Tucker (segment "Thanksgiving")
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Nate (segment "Death Proof")
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Omar (segment "Death Proof")
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Storyline

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. Written by alfiehitchie

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A double feature that'll tear you in two! See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,596,613 (USA) (6 April 2007)

Gross:

$25,031,037 (USA) (15 June 2007)
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The complete list of songs contained in the jukebox is as follows: 1. Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft / Ellie's Love Theme (From Shaft (1971)) 2. Barry White - You're the First, the Last, My Everything / Can't Get Enough 3. Bob Dylan - George Jackson (Acoustic) / George Jackson (Big Band) 4. Stevie Wonder - Lately / If It's Magic 5. The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her / Oh Girl 6. The THP Orchestra - Theme from S.W.A.T., Pt. 1 / Oh Girl 7. Stevie Wonder - I Ain't Gonna Stand for It / Knocks Me off My Feet 8. Bloodstone - Natural High / This Thing is Heavy ("Natural High" is heard in Jackie Brown (1997)) 9. Don McLean - American Pie, Pt. 1 / American Pie, Pt. 2 10. The Sweet - Little Willy / Man from Mecca 11. The Isley Brothers - Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt. 1 / Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt. 2 12. The Miracles - Love Machine, Pt. 1 / Love Machine, Pt. 2 13. Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues / She Belongs to Me 14. Honey Cone - Stick Up / V.I.P. 15. Earth, Wind and Fire - Shining Star / Yearning, Learning 16. Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood / When You Are Beautiful 17. Honey Cone - Want Ads / We Belong Together 18. Kool & the Gang - Hollywood Swinging / Jungle Boogie ("Jungle Boogie" is heard in Pulp Fiction (1994)) 19. Bob Dylan - Band of the Hand / Theme from Joe's Death (From Band of the Hand (1986)) 20. The Sweet - Wig-Wam-Bam / New York Connection 21. The Friends of Distinction - Grazing in the Grass / I Really Hope You Do 22. Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man / Don't Mess With Mr. T (From Trouble Man (1972)) 23. Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again / Rita May 24. Pacific Gas & Electric - Are You Ready? / Staggolee ("Staggolee" is heard in Death Proof (2007)) 25. Donna Summer - Love to Love you Baby / Need-A-Man Blues 26. Michael Zager Band - Let's All Chant / Love Express 27. Santa Esmeralda - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / You're My Everything ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is heard in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)) 28. Jigsaw - Sky High / Brand New Love Affair 29. George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag / Pretty Little Dreamer ("Little Green Bag" is heard in Reservoir Dogs (1992)) 30. The Sweet - Blockbuster / Need a Lot of Lovin' 31. Eddie Floyd - Good Love, Bad Love / Things Get Better ("Good Love, Bad Love" is heard in Death Proof (2007)) 32. Joe Tex - The Love You Save / If Sugar Was as Sweet as You ("The Love You Save" is heard in Death Proof (2007)) 33. Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody (Long Version) / Gotta Serve Somebody (Short Version) 34. Dick Dale - Misirlou / Eight Till Midnight ("Miserlou" is heard in Pulp Fiction (1994)) 35. Lee Williams - They Told a Lie / I'm Tore Up 36. William Bell - Formula of Love / You Don't Miss Your Water 37. Dinah Washington - Mad About the Boy / Stormy Weather 38. The Box Tops - Cry Like a Baby / The Door You Closed to Me 39. The Checkmates, Ltd. - Black Pearl / Lazy Susan 40. The Sweet - Fox on the Run / Miss Demeanor 41. The Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) / La-La Means I Love You ("Didn't I" is heard in Jackie Brown (1997)) 42. Brothers Johnson - Get the Funk Outta Ma Face / Tomorrow 43. Bob Dylan - Hurricane, Pt. 1 / Hurricane, Pt. 2 44. ABBA - Waterloo / Watch Out 45. T. Rex - Jeepster / Life's a Gas ("Jeepster" is heard in Death Proof (2007)) 46. Melanie - What Have They Done to My Song Ma? / Ruby Tuesday 47. Commander Cody - Hot Rod Lincoln / Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar 48. Dean Martin - Rio Bravo / My Rifle My Pony and Me (From Rio Bravo (1959)) 49. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - Hold Tight! / You Know What I Want See more »

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(at around 29 mins) There is a shot of the table with Jungle Julia, Shanna, and Dov. Eli Roth (Dov) has been replaced by another actor/stand-in. See more »

Quotes

Stuntman Mike: [as he rams into the Challenger] Hey, Abernathy, you wanna get hot? You wanna get hot? Suck on this for a while, bitch!
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Referenced in Multiplayer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sally & Jack
Written by Pino Donaggio
Performed by Pino Donaggio
From the motion picture "Blow Out"
Courtesy of Metro-Golden-Mayer Music Inc.
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Best "experience" in years
28 March 2007 | by (East Bay, CA) – See all my reviews

I won tickets to the world premiere of Grindhouse in LA this past week and it was the best 3 hours of my life in recent history. The stories of the two movies combined with the detail and inventiveness of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez brought together 3 hours of action packed fun. The two directors updated the sleazy grindhouse movie experience from the 70's and commercialized it so that we can all enjoy it. You won't find some greasy guy with his pants around his ankles sitting next to you, but you are probably going to be able to sit through all 3 hours of these movies.

I want to compliment the directors for having a unique cinematic vision (and the Weinsteins for funding that vision). I don't always agree with the choices made with either of the filmmakers, but I think they are two of the hardest working most innovative people in Hollywood today. I add this because most film studies students love to hate both of these people and in most conversations suggest that they would be able to do a much better job than either. I disagree.

Planet terror is a gross out flick that has appropriate amounts of gore and guts. If you like Rodriguez, then this movie fits in with all of his previous works. No real surprises here, but fun fun fun!

Tarantino surprised me. I liked the first movies from Tarantino because his movies were set in realities not far from our own. I doubt that it would happen in a weekend, but Pulp Fiction is a semi-believable good story in Los Angeles with unbelievable dialog. Same with Reservoir Dogs. (Jackie Brown is too believable and therefore, uninteresting) As he has progressed, his movies became fantasy, e.g., From Dusk til Dawn and Kill Bill 1 & 2 and WAY too over the top for a "Tarantino" flick.

Death Proof brings it all home! I don't want to spoil any of the movie, so just go see it! It's a simple plot with unbelievable suspense and decent dialog. I have never been so nervous in a film in as long as I can remember. Its no secret that the movie involves a car -- but Tarantino has taken a "classic" car scenario using a classic car and updated it for the new millennium. One only has suspend belief "just enough" for this mix of reality and fantasy to suck them in. It was Tarantino at his best.

Both movies were well executed, well scored, well written, and well played. The extra's and cameos are icing on the cake. No Oscars for either director, but that isn't why you went to see these movies in the first place, now is it?


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