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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

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Robert Rodriguez

Writers:

Robert Kurtzman (story), Quentin Tarantino (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Seth Gecko
Quentin Tarantino ... Richard Gecko
Harvey Keitel ... Jacob Fuller
Juliette Lewis ... Kate Fuller
Ernest Liu Ernest Liu ... Scott Fuller
Salma Hayek ... Santanico Pandemonium
Cheech Marin ... Border Guard / Chet Pussy / Carlos
Danny Trejo ... Razor Charlie
Tom Savini ... Sex Machine
Fred Williamson ... Frost
Michael Parks ... Texas Ranger Earl McGraw
Brenda Hillhouse Brenda Hillhouse ... Hostage Gloria Hill
John Saxon ... FBI Agent Stanley Chase
Marc Lawrence ... Old Timer Motel Owner
Kelly Preston ... Newscaster Kelly Houge
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Storyline

After a bank heist in Abilene with several casualties, the bank robber Seth Gecko and his psychopath and rapist brother Richard Gecko continue their crime spree in a convenience store in the middle of the desert while heading to Mexico with a hostage. They decide to stop for a while in a low-budget motel. Meanwhile the former minister Jacob Fuller is traveling on vacation with his son Scott and his daughter Kate in a RV. Jacob lost his faith after the death of his beloved wife in a car accident and quit his position of pastor of his community and stops for the night in the same motel Seth and Richard are lodged. When Seth sees the recreational vehicle, he abducts Jacob and his family to help his brother and him to cross the Mexico border, promising to release them on the next morning. They head to the truck drivers and bikers bar Titty Twister where Seth will meet with his partner Carlos in the dawn. When they are watching the dancer Santanico Pandemonium, Seth and Richard fight with ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

A terrifying evil has been unleashed. And five strangers are our only hope to stop it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From Dusk Till Dawn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,240,805, 21 January 1996

Gross USA:

$25,836,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,836,616
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fred Williamson plays a character who mentions he was in the Vietnam War in 1972. This is ironic, considering that Fred's first film appearance was in MASH (1970). While that film was set during the Korean War, it's said it was written for those with loved ones, and for those serving in Vietnam as a form of comedic relief. See more »

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Seth sets the clerk in the liquor store on fire. When the fire-engulfed clerk jumps up to shoot at the brothers again, you can see the fire-proof glove on his hand holding the gun. See more »

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[first lines]
Pete Bottoms: Hey, Earl
Earl McGraw: Yes, sir.
Pete Bottoms: What do ya know?
Earl McGraw: Well, it's a hot goddam day
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Crazy Credits

Ernest Liu's opening credit is run off the screen by Seth and Richard's car. See more »

Alternate Versions

Changes were made for the TV version, notably Titty Twister changed to Kitty Twister in dialogue and on the sign, and violence has been cut from when the strippers turn to vampires and when Seth beats up the door greeter. See more »

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Spoofed in Ridskolan 2: Sexskolan (2003) See more »

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Dark Night
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Performed by The Blasters
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Crime/Horror
10 January 2005 | by jesuit25See all my reviews

I loved this film for many reasons. For one, the switch from a crime thriller to a horror thriller was seamless. I for one had not heard much about this film before I watched it, and I assumed the TV Times were mistaken in called this a gory horror thriller. To me, it was a simple crime thriller, the norm which is expected from Tarantino's pen. However, the switch was such a shock and so fast, that I didn't now what happened I was amazed at this revelation, since there was no word of any horror topics beforehand in the script. It was completely out of the blue, and resulted in a pleasant surprise.

And the thing that's interesting is that BOTH halves to this film, both the crime section and horror section are enjoyable. The first half has less action, but tension does mount between Keitel and Clooney, while Tarantino is in the back, paying special attention to Keitel's daughter. A great premise with an equally great script in the first half. The second section is also great because of the horrific violence and as I heard mentioned before, the unique ways on how to kill vampires.

The script is witty and full of dark humour, "I have 6 little friends and they all run faster than you.", and the intro is certainly one of the best I have seen in months. The characters are well established, with Clooney as the 'gentleman' (well, not really) crook, Tarantino as his psychotic brother (who, strangely, I found difficult not to warm to) and Keitel is the preacher who has lost his faith, the hostage who will help out later when the satanic hordes unleash themselves.

A special mention must go to Salma Hayek for that special dance. ;) While this film was never made out of blockbuster material, it is still very understated, taking a unique and perhaps surreal viewing on the horror genre, all the while using horror stereotypes. As far as graphic violence is concerned, it is on par with the likes of Evil Dead (well, perhaps not THAT bad).

For once, this is a film which doesn't give the viewer all the answers beforehand. You are in the same boat as the characters and you don't know what's in store for them. If you hadn't seen this before, without any knowledge of the movie, you'd be in for a huge surprise as I was.

An 8/10 for it's script (thanks to Tarantino) and the actors who, while not trying too hard, make this an enjoyable horror flick with a difference.


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