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Death Proof -- For Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier), dusk offers an opportunity to unwind with two of her closest friends, Shanna and Arlene (Jordan Ladd and Vanessa Ferlito).  This three fox posse sets out into the night, turning heads from Guero's to the Texas Chili Parlor.  Not all of the attention is innocent: Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a scarred, weathered rebel who leers from behind the wheel of his muscle car.  As the girls settle into their beers, Mike's weapon, a white-hot juggernaut, revs just feet away...
Death Proof -- Trailer for Death Proof
Death Proof -- Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.


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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kurt Russell ... Stuntman Mike

Zoë Bell ... Zoë Bell

Rosario Dawson ... Abernathy

Vanessa Ferlito ... Arlene

Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Jungle Julia (as Sydney Poitier)

Tracie Thoms ... Kim

Rose McGowan ... Pam

Jordan Ladd ... Shanna

Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lee

Quentin Tarantino ... Warren

Marcy Harriell ... Marcy

Eli Roth ... Dov

Omar Doom ... Nate

Michael Bacall ... Omar

Monica Staggs ... Lanna Frank

Jonathan Loughran ... Jasper
Marta Mendoza ... Punky Bruiser
Tim Murphy ... Tim the Bartender
Melissa Arcaro ... Venus Envy

Michael Parks ... Earl McGraw

James Parks ... Edgar McGraw

Marley Shelton ... Dr. Dakota Block - McGraw

Nicky Katt ... Counter Guy

Electra Avellan ... Babysitter Twin #1 (as Electra Avellán)
Elise Avellan ... Babysitter Twin #2 (as Elise Avellán)

Helen Kim ... Peg

Tina Rodriguez ... Juana
Eurlyne Epper ... Lanna Frank Friend #1
Jamie L. Dunno ... Lanna Frank Friend #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Cantu ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Chris King ... Extra (uncredited)
Darryl K. Phipps ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Julitta Pourciau ... Business Class Passenger (uncredited)

Amanda Rivas ... Nurse (uncredited)

Kelley Robins ... Laquanda (uncredited)

Violet Saenz-Arocha ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Gary Teague ... Businessman (uncredited)
Gregory A. Thompson ... Doctor (uncredited)

Angela Ware ... Waitress at Guero's (uncredited)
Steven A. Webb ... College Player-Barroom (uncredited)

Directed by
Quentin Tarantino 
Writing credits
Quentin Tarantino (written by)

Produced by
Elizabeth Avellan .... producer (as Elizabeth Avellán)
Shannon McIntosh .... executive producer
Robert Rodriguez .... producer
Pilar Savone .... associate producer
Bill Scott .... line producer
James W. Skotchdopole .... line producer: California
Erica Steinberg .... producer
Quentin Tarantino .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Quentin Tarantino (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sally Menke 
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Steve Joyner 
Art Direction by
Caylah Eddleblute 
Set Decoration by
Jeanette Scott 
Costume Design by
Nina Proctor 
Makeup Department
Jaremy Aiello .... special makeup effects painter: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Jaremy Aiello .... special makeup effects sculptor: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Chad Atkinson .... special makeup effects lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects designer
Anneliese Boise .... special makeup effects crew: hair department, K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Mark Boley .... special makeup effects crew: hair department, K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Jack Bricker .... special makeup effects crew: hair department, K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Michael Deak .... special makeup effects shop supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc. (as Mike Deak)
Alex Diaz .... special makeup effects on-set tech: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Jeff Edwards .... special makeup effects mechnical department: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Eric Fiedler .... special makeup effects mechnical department: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Robert Freitas .... special makeup effects mold maker: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc. (as Rob Frietas)
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects on-set tech: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Jamie Grove .... special makeup effects painter: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Jamie Grove .... special makeup effects sculptor: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Steve Hartman .... special makeup effects lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Tysuela Hill-Scott .... makeup department head (as Tysuela Hill)
Jeff Himmel .... special makeup effects fabricator: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Grady Holder .... special makeup effects mold maker: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Akihito Ikeda .... special makeup effects painter: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Akihito Ikeda .... special makeup effects sculptor: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Jim Leonard .... special makeup effects mold maker: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc. (as James Leonard)
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup artist: Mr. Russell
Tony Matijevich .... special makeup effects lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc. (as Anthony Matijevich)
Jake McKinnon .... special makeup effects mechnical department: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Darylin Nagy .... key makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects designer (as Gregory Nicotero)
Christina Prestia .... special makeup effects lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Joe Rivera .... hair stylist
Caleb Schneider .... special makeup effects lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Andy Schoneberg .... special makeup effects supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Shannon Shea .... special makeup effects shop supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Tara Smith .... hair department head
Khanh Trance .... special makeup effects crew: hair department, K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc. (as Khanh Tran)
David Wogh .... special makeup effects mechnical department: K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc.
Production Management
Debbi Bossi .... post-production supervisor
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of physical production
Tracey Landon .... production supervisor
Richard Saperstein .... executive in charge of production
Alex G. Scott .... assistant production supervisor: California
Bill Scott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Bettwy .... first assistant director
Susan Jasso .... second second assistant director (as Susana Jasso)
David Rimer .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Michael Ableman .... scenic artist (as Michael Abelman)
Jeff B. Adams Jr. .... set designer (as Jeff B. Adams)
William R. Barrett .... labor foreman: California
J.P. Barrow .... welder
Richard J. Bell .... greens coordinator: California
Edward J. Borasch Jr. .... property master (as Ed Borasch Jr.)
Peter Bret Lennon .... propmaker: California (as P. Brett Lennon)
Bart Brown .... gang boss
Jennifer Brown .... buyer
Rodney Brown .... general foreman
Marcia Bruscato-Poss .... buyer
Kit Casati .... prop fabricator
Ronald Castro .... greens gang boss: California
Debbie Cortez Haber .... art department coordinator (as Debbie Haber)
Vincent D'Aquino .... greens gang boss: California
Michael Dudash .... painter
Mary Duque .... art department assistant
Sheila M. Eitson .... scenic foreman
David R. Evans .... graphic artist (as David Evans)
David Fanderlik .... propmaker gang boss: California (as Dave Fanderlik)
Doug Field .... greens utility
Steve Gallien .... welder
Sonia L. Garcia .... scenic painter (as Sonia Garcia)
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... set dresser
Douglas Gessaman .... propmaker (as Doug Gessaman)
Jammie S. Goodman .... painter (as Jimmie S. Goodman)
Juliet Guimont .... scenic painter
Mark Gutierrez .... utility technician
David Hack .... leadman
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator: California (as Steve Hagberg)
Edwin Glen Hill .... paint laborer
Richard W. Jones .... on-set greensman: California unit
Thomas Karl Jr. .... lead scenic
Gene Kelly .... general foreman: California
Garry Kirks .... propmaker
Marcus LaPorte .... props fabricator
Melody Lloyd .... construction medic
Timothy W. Lobdell .... propmaker (as Tim Lobdell)
Jennifer Long .... set dec buyer
Kevin Mangan .... greens foreman: California
Christopher Martin .... lead greensman
Brian T. McCarty .... welder (as Brian McCarty)
Andy McCauley .... gang boss (as Andrew McCauley)
Joe McCusker .... construction coordinator
James Moore .... greens utility
Richard M. Moore .... propmaker (as Richard Moore)
Steven O'Bannon .... labor gang boss: California (as Steven A. O'Bannon)
Desmond O'Regan .... propmaker: California (as Desmond P. O'Regan)
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Ron Pekkala .... construction medic: California
Ron Perkins .... construction foreman
Laurel Pickering .... lead scenic
Craig Polydoros .... toolman: California
Jeff Poss .... head prop fabricator
Felix Rosales III .... utility technician
Michael Semon .... assistant property master (as Mike Semon)
Alan R. Serotta .... construction foreman (as Alan Serotta)
John 'B.J.' Smith .... scenic gang boss (as John C. Smith Jr.)
Tyler J. Smith .... property assistant
James Toole .... propmaker
Michi Ukawa .... graphic artist
Kurt Volk .... graphic designer
Mike Walker .... scenic artist
Rusty Warne .... propmaker foreman: California
Hap Weaver .... greensman
Carrin Welch .... construction buyer: California
Michael P. Weller .... propmaker: California (as Michael Weller)
Rick McLean .... paint gang boss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor (as Chris Assells)
Eddie Bydalek .... digital sound mix technician
Harry Cohen .... sound effects designer
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital sound assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist (as James M. Moriana)
Margit Pfeiffer .... dialogue editor
Rocky Quiroz .... sound utility
Ann Scibelli .... sound effects designer
Branden Spencer .... supervising assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Renee Tondelli .... adr supervisor
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Geffrey Wilhoit)
Scott Wolf .... sound effects editor
David Young .... post-production sound engineer (as David M. Young)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Peter Zinda .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Kenneth Bosse .... special effects technician: California
Brian Cross .... special effects technician
Keith Haynes .... special effects car shop tech
Richard Landerer .... special effects car shop tech
Marcus LaPorte .... master mold maker
William P. McGinley .... special effects car shop welder (as William McGinley)
John McLeod .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Miller .... special effects car shop foreman (as Andy Miller)
Antonette J. Miller .... special effects car shop buyer (as Toni Miller)
Joe Montenegro .... special effects technician: California
Brian Montgomery .... special effects technician
Ron Pekkala .... special effects medic: California
Elia P. Popov .... special effects car shop foreman: California (as Elia Popov)
Dirk Rogers .... special effects technician
Frank W. Tarantino .... special effects foreman (as Frank Tarantino)
Omar Torres .... special effects technician: California
Lindsay Vivian .... special effects purchaser
Dick Wood .... special effects shop foreman (as Richard Wood)
Daniel Yates .... special effects technician
Chris Zega .... lab technician: KNB efx
Visual Effects by
Emily Davis .... visual effects coordinator
Arin Finger .... visual effects producer: The Orphanage, Inc.
Jonathan Harman .... senior digital artist
Michael Janov .... cg supervisor
Amber Kirsch .... visual effects producer
Luke O'Byrne .... visual effects executive producer: The Orphanage, Inc.
Marc Sadeghi .... visual effects executive producer: The Orphanage, Inc.
Ken Stranahan .... visual effects artist
Ryan Tudhope .... visual effects supervisor: The Orphanage, Inc.
Shawn Wallbridge .... systems administrator
Ken Zorniak .... visual effects
Karin Eunson-Ross .... visual effects production manager: Frantic Films (uncredited)
John Casino .... stunt double: Kurt Russell
Clay Cullen .... stunts (as Clay Cullens)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Jef Groff .... stunts
Gary Guercio .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt driving double: 'Stuntman Mike'
Norman Howell .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt driving double: 'Kim' (as Tracy Keehn Dashnaw)
Oakley Lehman .... stunts
Malosi Leonard .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Dina L. Margolin .... stunts (as Dina Margolin)
Chris Palermo .... stunts
Dana Reed .... stunts
Samuel Ringoir .... stunt driver
James Ryan .... stunts
Crystal Santos .... stunts
Gregory A. Thompson .... stunts (as Greg Thompson)
Chrissy Weathersby Ball .... stunt driving double: 'Kim'
Zoë Bell .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Dionne .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Ethan Rosenberg .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... rigging electrician
Norman Ash .... lamp operator: California
Gary A. Beaird .... dolly grip: California (as Gary Beaird)
Kelly Bogdan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Graham Bremner .... company grip
Geraldine Brezca .... camera department intern
David Brink .... film loader
Derlin Brynford-Jones .... technocrane technician: California
Buzzy Burwell .... lamp operator: California
Richard L. Carden .... best boy grip: California (as Rick Carden)
Scott Conn .... company electrician
Andrew Cooper .... still photographer
James F. Cornick .... best boy electric: California
Bruce Del Castillo .... company grip
Gary Dionne .... technocrane technician: California
John Eschberger .... company electrician
Matt Fliehler .... company electrician
Jamie Franta .... grip: California
Neil Fraser .... rigging grip
Albert Frigone .... additional second assistant camera: California
Lamont 'Wiz' Gray .... lamp operator: California
Dan Hammond .... assistant camera
Chip Huntington .... company grip
Edison Jackson .... rigging gaffer
Robert Janecka .... company electrician
Tom Kalbfleisch .... best boy rigging electrician
April Kelley .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Joseph Kentspeth .... company grip (as Joe Kentspeth)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Kurt Kornemann .... best boy grip
Jimmy Lindsey .... camera operator
Jeff Magers .... rigging electric (2006)
Matthew McGinn .... camera production assistant (as Matt McGinn)
Raul Mello .... company electrician
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeff Peterson .... company electrician
Jon Philion .... libra head technician: California
Rick Pratt .... key rigging grip: California
Phillip Renke .... best boy rigging grip
Donis Rhoden .... company grip
John 'Fest' Sandau .... gaffer (as John Sandau)
Mike Sheeren .... dolly grip
Jim Shelton .... key grip: California (as James Shelton)
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Todd Smiley .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Todd E. Smiley)
Pete Stockton .... key rigging grip
Stefan Tarzan .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joe Vasquez .... company grip
Sebastian Vega .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... company grip (as Aaron Vyvial)
Matthew W. Williams .... film loader: California
Harrison Witt .... company electrician
Michael Melendez .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
J.C. Cantu .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Beth Sepko .... extras casting
Beth Sepko .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda J. Chambers .... set costumer (as Brenda Chambers)
Marcia Evers .... costume shop supervisor
Crystal Falkner-Paysse .... costumer
Janice Janacek .... set costumer (as Janice Janecek)
Vanessa Nirode .... key set costumer
Jonny Pray .... costume supervisor: California
Erin Randall .... costumer
Mirin Soliz .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Clark Campbell .... assistant editor
Joe D'Augustine .... additional editor
Peggy Eghbalian .... assistant editor
Ally Garrett .... second assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Erin Michelle Hopkins .... assistant editor (as Erin Hopkins)
Eric Johnson .... editorial production assistant
Stephanie Johnson .... assistant editor
Nina Kawasaki .... first assistant editor
William Starr Mitchell .... lab consultant: Deluxe
Matt Morrow .... editorial production assistant
Bethany Orlemann .... assistant editor
Daniela Ovi .... post-production coordinator (as Daniela Catherine Ovi)
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer: Deluxe (as Steve Sheridan)
Music Department
Holly Adams .... soundtrack producer
Bobby Collins .... music licensing
Rachel Levy .... executive in charge of music
Jack Nitzsche .... composer: main titles
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Jim Schultz .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ronald D. Chambers .... transportation captain (as Ronald Chambers)
Mark Crosby .... driver
Cecil D. Evans .... transportation coordinator
Dwayne Haevischer .... transportation captain
Peter Mandel .... mechanic
Allan Padelford .... driver: camera car (as Allan Kent Padelford)
Sean C. Ryan .... picture car
Bobby Sconci .... picture car mechanic
Erik Von Hof .... picture car department
Other crew
Tommy Bernard .... office production assistant: California
Randy Bilski .... medic
Kenneth Quinn Brown .... assistant: Ms. Avellán (as Kenneth Q. Brown)
Ericka Bryce .... set medic: California (as Ericka Bryce Poniewaz)
Travis Carr .... key set production assistant
Selena Carrillo .... assistant production coordinator: California
Will Casey .... unit publicist (as William Casey)
Barbara Chennault .... production assistant: California
Jason Thomas Cohn .... set production assistant: California
Cecilia Conti .... assistant: Mr. Rodriguez
Logan Cooper .... location manager
Amanda Curry .... first assistant accountant
Rob DaFoe .... production assistant: California (as Robert Dafoe)
Charlene Dlabaj .... double: 'Shanna'
Scott Duncan .... chef
Rachel Flanagan .... set production assistant
Joe Forlini .... craft service assistant
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor
Mike Gillespie .... craft service
Eli Green .... production assistant
Todd Green .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew K. Grigsby .... production accountant
Amanda Harrington .... location coordinator: California
Shannon Hazlett .... foot double: 'Arlene'
Nicholas Hiles .... set production assistant: California
Cheri Jacobs .... first assistant accountant
Dan Jimenez .... production assistant
Jay Johnson .... typographer: main title
Sarah Jordan .... office production assistant
Thomas Kanschat .... set production assistant: California
Paul Katsenis .... set production assistant: California
Kyle Kaufman .... location manager: California
Jamie Kemp .... chef: California
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor (as Marty Kitrosser)
Tyler Kleban .... set production assistant: California
Andrew Kramer .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs
Jody LeHeup .... location assistant (as Joy Leheup)
Melody Lloyd .... set medic
David Long .... caterer
Aaron Lee Lopez .... production assistant
Chris Markey .... production assistant
Will Martin .... assistant locations
Sara McCormick .... chef: Mr. Tarantino
Julie McLean .... assistant: Mr. Tarantino
Whitney J. Miller .... post-production accountant (as Whitney Miller)
Jennifer Mosley .... assistant production coordinator: California
Lumumba Mosquera .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs
Monica Munoz .... office production assistant
Adam Picchietti .... production assistant: California
Dina Marie Piscatelli .... travel liaison: California (as Dina Piscatelli)
Mike Revell .... production accountant: California (as Michael J. Revell)
Santos P. Rodriguez .... cook
Denny Rubianes .... production assistant: California
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Jimmy Schwertner .... assistant location manager
Nadia Shea .... set production assistant: California
Frances Stafford .... set production assistant (as Franny Stafford)
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Kyle Swanson .... set production assistant: California
Vanessa Thomas .... travel assistant
Greg Urich .... production assistant: California
Matt Walla .... set production assistant: California
Steve White .... location manager
Gary Woldman .... craft service: California
Jen Woldrich .... set production assistant: California
Lyndia Ziskind .... set production assistant
Tai-San Choo .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Monique Straw .... stand-in/photo double: Tracie Thoms (uncredited)
Allison Anders .... special thanks
Clifford Antone .... special thanks (as Clifford Antone RIP)
Susan Antone .... special thanks
Dario Argento .... special thanks
Alexis Beauford .... special thanks
Andrew Bell .... special thanks
Tish Bell .... special thanks (as Tish)
John Billings .... special thanks
Louis Black .... special thanks: The Austin Chronicle
Junior Bonner .... special thanks
Barbara Bouchet .... special thanks
Katrina Holden Bronson .... special thanks (as Katrina Bronson)
Eric Caidin .... special thanks: Hollywood Book and Poster
Rebecca Campbell .... special thanks
Jesse Carpenter .... special thanks: Omlettry
Joani Carpenter .... special thanks: Omlettry
Kenny Carpenter .... special thanks: Omlettry
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... special thanks (as Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan)
Roger Corman .... special thanks
Mike Curb .... special thanks
Ami Davis .... special thanks: Omlettry
Karen Davis .... special thanks: The Alamo Drafthouse
Brian De Palma .... special thanks
Saira Doom .... special thanks
Julia Ervin .... special thanks (as Jungle Julia Ervin)
Brad Frank .... special thanks
Lee Frost .... special thanks
Mauricia Grant .... special thanks (as Maurcia Grant)
Bob Graves .... special thanks
Charles B. Griffith .... special thanks
Sammy Hagar .... special thanks
Alexandra Hayden .... special thanks (as Alex Hayden)
Norma Hermann .... special thanks
John Hough .... special thanks
John Jarratt .... special thanks
Karrie League .... special thanks: The Alamo Drafthouse
Tim League .... special thanks: The Alamo Drafthouse (as Tim)
Umberto Lenzi .... special thanks
Richard Linklater .... special thanks (as Rick Linklater)
Cathy Lippincott .... special thanks: Guero's
Rob Lippincott .... special thanks: Guero's (as Rob)
Cindy Mah .... special thanks
Brewster McCracken .... special thanks (as Councilman Brewster McCracken)
Russ Meyer .... special thanks
Amanda Micheli .... special thanks
George Miller .... special thanks
Wendy Nelson .... special thanks: Headhunters
Arch Nicholson .... special thanks
Lars Nilsen .... special thanks: The Alamo Drafthouse
Frank Ostini .... special thanks: Hitching Post
Sam Peckinpah .... special thanks
Sean Penn .... special thanks
Anita Perry .... special thanks (as First Lady Anita Perry)
Rick Perry .... special thanks (as The Honorable Rick Perry Governor of Texas)
Brian Quinn .... special thanks: Hollywood Book and Poster
Rie Rasmussen .... special thanks
Danielle Renfrew .... special thanks
Steve Ricci .... special thanks: Headhunters
Joe Rodriguez .... special thanks: Texas Chili Parlor
Mickey Rourke .... special thanks
Richard Rush .... special thanks
Richard C. Sarafian .... special thanks
Mike Sherrill .... special thanks: The Alamo Drafthouse
Scott Spiegel .... special thanks
Shana Stein .... special thanks
Lynda Summerset .... special thanks: Guero's
Sherman Torgan .... special thanks: The New Beverly Cinema
Brian Trenchard-Smith .... special thanks
Will Wynn .... special thanks (as Mayor Will Wynn)
Patrick Zollo .... special thanks: Texas Chili Parlor
Scott 'zoob' Zublin .... special thanks: Texas Chili Parlor

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Also Known As:
"Grindhouse Presents: Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof" - USA (DVD title)
"Grindhouse: Death Proof" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof" - USA (complete title)
"Quentin Tarantino's Thunder Bolt" - USA (informal alternative title)
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114 min (international version) | Japan:113 min | USA:87 min (Grindhouse version) | 121 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:B15 (unrated version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Africa:16LV | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (Approved No. 43396) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The only Quentin Tarantino movie that takes place completely in chronological order, but still has its usual Tarantino style, with the exception of Django Unchained.See more »
Continuity: Stuntman is in the bar talking to Pam, while facing his food. Halfway the conversation he's turning his whole body right to face Pam, but in the next shot he's again sitting forward, facing his food.See more »
[first lines]
Arlene:[shouting to Jungle Julia] Hold on, I gotta come up! I gotta take the world's biggest fuckin' piss!
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Movie Connections:
References High Crime (1973)See more »
Hold TightSee more »


Why didn't Kim stop the car at the end to let Zoë in when Stuntman Mike was chasing them?
How are the From Dusk Till Dawn (trilogy), Kill Bill and Grindhouse connected?
Whose feet do we see during the opening credits?
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366 out of 550 people found the following review useful.
Probably the most misunderstood film of this decade, 12 March 2008
Author: Graham Greene from United Kingdom

Given the vast majority of major criticisms levelled at this film, it would appear that a large percentage of the audience has completely missed the joke, or simply, didn't find it at all amusing. With Death Proof (2007), Tarantino creates such a loving homage to a notoriously cult cinematic sub-culture that many people seem unaware of how to approach it or even how to appreciate the sheer fact that the film purposely goes out of its way to ape the style of late 60's and early 70's exploitation cinema in look, feel and content. The film isn't meant to be taken entirely seriously, but rather, is a parody and/or pastiche of the kind of films that the vast majority of mainstream audiences simply wouldn't want to see. I'm talking about films such as Two-Thousand Maniacs (1964), Ride the Whirlwind (1965), Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), Satan's Sadists (1968), The Big Bird Cage (1971), Boxcar Bertha (1972), Fight for Your Life (1977) or Satan's Cheerleaders (1977); low-budget films made with often-non-professional actors, little in the way of conventional film logic, and highly controversial in terms of plot, theme and content.

It also sets out to pastiche the "grindhouse" cinema phenomena, with the original idea of two films being shown as a double feature at drive-in movie theatres from state to state, with both films often being re-cut and re-edited, not by the filmmakers, but by the theatre owners themselves. This is evident in the amusing switch in title; with the film opening with the caption 'Quentin Tarantino's Thunderbolt', before awkwardly cutting to an obviously out of place title card with 'Death Proof' crudely emblazoned across the screen. This is also the explanation for the purposeful mistakes in continuity, the sloppy editing and the switch between colour and black and white, as well as the façade of severely deteriorating film stock. It's not sloppy film-making, but rather, a purposeful appropriation of sloppy film-making geared towards appealing to the kind of obsessive movie aficionado who gets the references and can appreciate the joke that Tarantino is attempting to pull.

With this in mind, it seems hard to understand what people are complaining about. Do audiences actual expect this film to keep them enthralled and entertained when the vast majority of them would balk at experiencing many of the low-budget, semi-obscure films that influenced it? Hardly! The accusation here that "nothing happens" is fascicle. The fact that there is film running through the camera is proof enough that something is happening, with the hilariously bland dialog deconstructing the film in much the same way as the purposely amateurish composition, editing and sound all intended to fracture the cinematic language in the same way that Godard did; by reminding the audience that this is the film and the point of the film is to experience the sights and sounds that unfold before us. Added to this the colourful iconography, the music, the characters, the girls in tight t-shirts, the for once entirely justified performance from the man himself, all reminding us that this is a joyous, darkly comic romp in which the point is not "why?" but "why not?".

The effect is reminiscent of Kill Bill (2003), which at times felt superficial or perhaps even too knowing for its own good, but still demonstrated to us the filmmaker's great use of tone, texture, colour and movement, as well as turning many people on to a whole new world of cult Japanese cinema; from the works of highly individual filmmakers like Seijun Suzuki, Kinji Fukasaku and Takashi Miike, to cult performers like Sony Chiba. Death Proof attempts to do something similar with the likes of the American revisionist road movie, the B-cinema of Roger Corman and the femsploitation subgenre of films like The Big Bird Cage (1972), Caged Heat (1975), Day of the Woman (1978) and Ms. 45 (1981); a coolly ironic series of films in which wronged women take bloody revenge in an often elaborate and over the top style, chiefly intended to give a feminist slant to the still rampant degradation and misogyny prevalent in the exploitation genre.

Other reference points are more obvious as they're mentioned explicitly in the film; notably car chase cinema such as Vanishing Point (1971), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) and even Spielberg's Duel (1971). Some have complained that the film fails on account of its lack of action and emphasis on dialog and technique, but this seems churlish when you think of the films being referenced; with Vanishing Point featuring a number of cryptic, desert-set sequences in which characters talk and talk and talk, while Two-Lane Blacktop punctuates its scenes of hard driving and drag-racing with much in the way of meandering small-talk. Then we have the fact that films like Reservoir Dogs - which takes place almost entirely within a single setting - and Jackie Brown - which places emphasis entirely on character - use dialog to not only create the characters but to also tell the story.

Regardless of this, Death Proof is meant as a piece of entertainment. There's no real desire here for Tarantino to prove what kind of filmmaker he is because he's already done that with the number of great films that came before. Sure, it can be seen as self-indulgent, but surely those of us familiar with the style of film-making being referenced here will revel in this particular kind of extravagance, loving everything from the continually inane female banter to the awesome scenes of high speed carnage. If you're not a fan cult cinema or exploitation cinema or indeed a devotee of Tarantino's work then this film really isn't going to impress you. There's no shame in that. Some films are made for a niche audience, destined to be a cult in their own right. However, for those who get it, Death Proof has the potential to be a truly exhilarating, one-off piece of film-making.

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