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Kalifornia (1993)

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A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

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Dominic Sena

Writers:

Stephen Levy (story), Tim Metcalfe (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Early Grayce
Kathy Larson Kathy Larson ... Teenage Girl (as Catherine Larson)
David Milford David Milford ... Driver
David Duchovny ... Brian Kessler
John Zarchen ... Peter
David Rose David Rose ... Eric
Michelle Forbes ... Carrie Laughlin
Tommy Chappelle Tommy Chappelle ... Old Man
Juliette Lewis ... Adele Corners
Judson Vaughn ... Parole Officer
James Michael McDougal James Michael McDougal ... John Diebold (as J. Michael McDougal)
Patricia Sill Patricia Sill ... Carol
Brett Rice ... Police Officer
Marisa Raper Marisa Raper ... Little Girl
Bill Crabb Bill Crabb ... Middle Aged Farmer (as Bill Crabbe)
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Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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A state of fear and terror See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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The locations where the serial killer events take place are related to the names of the actors in the movie. Lewiston Ranch, Mt. Juliet, TX (Juliette Lewis); Forbes, TN (Michelle Forbes; Davidson Mine, Dew Cove, NV (David Duchovny); Bradbury Textile Warehouse in Pittsburgh, PA (Brad Pitt). See more »

Goofs

When Kessler and Carrie are having sex at the motel, Carries right bra strap is alternately on/off between shots. See more »

Quotes

Brian Kessler: Early seemed harmless. Primitive, but harmless. Of course the fact of the matter was he had killed his landlord less than an hour before we met him. He was even wearing the guy's ring. Who knows what he did with the finger?
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Alternate Versions

European release and US video/laserdisc unrated versions feature about one minute of additional violent footage not present in US theatrical R-rated version. Unrated version of sex scene between Brian and Carrie is slightly longer and more explicit than the R rated version. See more »


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Killer On The Road
11 July 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

It's a road movie, with a killer on-board. Brian Kessler (David Duchovny), a sophisticated, urbane writer, wants to conduct field research on American serial killers. But, neither he, nor his girlfriend, Carrie (Michelle Forbes), has the money for a cross-country tour of murder sites, so they advertise for someone to share travel expenses. Who they end up with is a young couple, Early Grayce (Brad Pitt) and his girlfriend, Adele (Juliette Lewis), two better examples of "poor white trash" you will never find in all of cinema.

Indeed, Early and Adele are what make this film so entertaining, as they babble, cackle, confide, muse, speculate, drool, and otherwise behave in ways I haven't seen since reruns of "The Beverly Hillbillies". Early's idea of California: "People think faster out there, on account of all that warm weather; cold weather makes people stupid". That's enough to convince Adele: "I guess that explains why there are so many stupid people around here". To which Early responds proudly: "It sure does". Early continues to instruct Adele about California: "You never have to buy no fruit, on account it's all on the trees ... and they ain't got no speed limits, and I hear your first month's rent is free, state law".

But poor Early has some, well, mental problems, which become ever more obvious to Brian and Carrie as the four travelers proceed west across the U.S. As they enter the desert Southwest, with its beautifully stark landscape, "Kalifornia" starts to look more and more like "The Hitcher" (1986), and Early starts to act more and more like John Ryder, everyone's maniacal hitchhiker, whose terror seemed so unstoppable.

In "Kalifornia", the acting is uneven. Duchovny's performance is flat. Brad Pitt is surprisingly effective, despite his overacting at times. Michelle Forbes is great as the avant-garde, photographic artist. But my choice for best performance goes to Juliette Lewis. With her nasal voice and heavy-duty Southern accent, she is stunning, as the naive, highly animated, child-like Adele.

Toward the end, the film takes on a Twilight Zone feel to it, as our travelers enter a Nevada nuclear test site with a dilapidated old house full of test mannequins. The plot dissolves rather messily into unnecessary and preposterous violence, an ending that was somewhat disappointing.

Overall, however, "Kalifornia" is an entertaining film, thanks to a clever concept, great scenery, especially in the second half, good cinematography, great dialogue, and that wonderful performance by Juliette Lewis.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,159,133, 6 September 1993

Gross USA:

$2,395,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,395,231
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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