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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.

Director:

Dominic Sena

Writers:

Stephen Levy (story), Tim Metcalfe (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kalifornia See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second of two films in which Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis co-starred together and played a criminal couple. The first was the TV film Too Young to Die? (1990). They started dating while shooting "Too Young to Die?" in 1989, when Lewis was 16 years old and Pitt was 26. The relationship ended in 1993, shortly after "Kalifornia" was released. Director Dominic Sena didn't know that Lewis and Pitt were a couple when he cast them. He was looking for someone to play Adele when he saw Lewis in "Too Young to Die?", and immediately wanted her for his film. While searching for an actor to play Early Grayce, Sena noticed Pitt in "Thelma & Louise". See more »

Goofs

When Early is digging the hole at night and talking to Adele, you can see the top of his pants. When he climbs out of the hole, he is obviously naked. See more »

Quotes

[Early has just shot two cops]
Adele Corners: [crying] Ohhhh nooooo, Early.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater: Brain-Damage Night (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
Written by Bobby Troup (as Bob Troup)
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
Courtesy of Liberty Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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First rate psycho thriller Road Movie.
10 September 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I really liked 'Kalifornia' the first time I watched it several years ago, and seeing it again the other day it has stood the test of time. Director Dominic Sena unfortunately went on to make dumb action movies which don't do his talent justice. The four leads are all equally good. Brad Pitt is a superstar now, but has made some interesting and adventurous choices in the past such as the wonderfully deadpan 'Johnny Suede' and this, possibly his best acting to date. Juliette Lewis has certainly never been better than here. Her only subsequent performance to equal this was in the much maligned 'Natural Born Killers'. Pitt and Lewis steal the movie, but David Duchovny shows in his pre-Mulder days that he has acting chops to spare. Finally, Michelle Forbes is impressive as Duchnovny's snobby, pretentious girlfriend. Why she never became a major star is beyond me. The only minor gripe I have about 'Kalifornia' is the unnecessary and sometimes intrusive narration. Other than that it is a taut, involving thriller, and one of the most underrated movies of the early 90s. Highly recommended.


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