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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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From Quentin Tarantino. From Robert Rodriguez. From Dusk Till Dawn 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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Official Sites:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,753,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,500,000
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Titty Twister set was built in a desert in California. See more »

Goofs

Kate's t-shirt is still clean after lying on a floor covered with blood and other ooze. See more »

Quotes

[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

The Special edition laserdisc contains scenes that were cut out of the film due to graphic violence: the vampire feast (dinner is served) is extended and one part has a girl popping a pimple on a guy. There's another scene in which Sex Machine kills off two more vampires and takes a picture of one of them. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: From Dusk till Dawn (2011) See more »

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Dark Night
Written by Dave Alvin
Performed by The Blasters
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Fans of The Evil Dead Need Apply
12 October 2007 | by CrassActionHeroSee all my reviews

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Review: How bout this? George Clooney in a different role? Yep. For once he tries something different.

From Dusk Till Dawn is something else. This is about two criminal brothers(Clooney and Tarantino)wind up taking a family hostage to make it across the Mexican border to a meeting point, a bar called the "Titty Twister". That's where the Gecko brothers are to meet another group of crooks.....at dawn. This bar is open from dusk till dawn....and is filled with vampires.

This movie starts off as something else at first. More like a gritty crime movie, then becomes a total spatter-fest. This isn't at all bad, just takes a total turn. The vampires here are a bunch of ugly as hell monsters. Think of the Evil Dead movies only the undead zombies and skeletons are vampires instead and that's the score with the very small supply of vampire slayers to take them on.

Like I say, if you are a fan of the Evil Dead movies, then this is the treat for you. It does not have the amount of silly humor like them, but has the gore nailed just right. The makeup effects are dead-on as well. This just happens to be more gritty than the Evil Dead.

The Last Word: I like it. Good for your October needs. Did I forget Salma Hayek and Cheech Marin? They are here as well. Good bloody fun.


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