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Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | | Crime, Drama | 26 August 1994 (USA)
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Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mickey Knox
... Mallory Knox
... Det. Jack Scagnetti
... Ed Wilson, Mallory's Dad
Everett Quinton ... Deputy Warden Wurlitzer
... London Boy
... Deputy Warden Kavanaugh
... Mallory's Mom
... Old Indian
... Earl
... Mabel
... Wayne Gale
... Sonny
... Roger
... Pinball Cowboy
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Storyline

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. Written by garykmcd

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The Media Made Them Superstars. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for extreme violence and graphic carnage, for shocking images, and for strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos por naturaleza  »

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Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,166,687, 28 August 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,282,766
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Trivia

Tom Sizemore plays Detective Jack Scagnetti in this film. The name "Scagnetti" was also mentioned as the name of Mr. Blonde's parole officer in Reservoir Dogs (1992), also written by Quentin Tarantino. See more »

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When Owen is leading the group through the passage in the prison, the barrel of the gun in his left hand is not a barrel at all, but a solid rod as it has no hole in it. See more »

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[repeated line]
Mickey: Hey, Jack! Mickey's back!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are superimposed over a vast amount of stock footage, ranging from the future of Mickey and Mallory, stock A-Bomb tests, childhood photos of Mickey and Mallory, time-lapse footage, scenes from the movie, and so on. See more »

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Referenced in The Mentalist: Red in Tooth and Claw (2013) See more »

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Reed My Lips
Written by Brent Lewis
Performed by Brent Lewis & Richard Hardy
Courtesy of Ikauma Records
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A bizarre acid trip of a film that has good and bad points
20 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Oliver Stone seems to have outdone himself on this one. Not only is Natural Born Killers a visual masterpiece, but it is probably one of the most insane and nonsensical social commentary films I have ever seen. Disappointing, since it was penned by one of my favorite film directors, Mr. Quentin `Bad Motherf***er' Tarantino himself. The elements of a good story are there: Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and go on a mass murdering spree which is lapped up by the media. While there is definitely a strong social statement, the story is too erratic and scattered to be completely coherent.

Visually however, Natural Born Killers is stunning. It is intensely colorful, unflinchingly violent and innovative in its cinematography. This movie is not for most, but if you decide to try it out, be warned: It is not for the faint of heart, and not for the weak of stomach. But it is an important film for its visual merits, at the very least.

--Shelly


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