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A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

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Oliver Stone

Writers:

John Ridley (screenplay), John Ridley (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Bobby Cooper
Billy Bob Thornton ... Darrell
Abraham Benrubi ... Biker #1
Richard Rutowski ... Biker #2
Jon Voight ... Blind Man
Jennifer Lopez ... Grace McKenna
Powers Boothe ... Sheriff Potter
Nick Nolte ... Jake McKenna
Aida Linares Aida Linares ... Jamilla
Sean Stone ... Boy in Grocery Store
Ilia Volok ... Sergi (as Ilia Volokh)
Valeriy Nikolaev Valeriy Nikolaev ... Mr. Arkady (as Valery Nikolaev)
Brent Briscoe ... Boyd
Bo Hopkins ... Ed
Julie Hagerty ... Flo (as Julie Haggerty)
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Storyline

When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a (unbeknownst to him) young married woman, her husband hires Bobby to kill her. Later, she hires Bobby to kill the husband. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stray Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,730,440, 5 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,633,400, 2 November 1997
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The role of Grace was originally intended for Sharon Stone, but salary negotiations fell through. See more »

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Near the first of the movie, where Cooper's car passes a vulture eviscerating a dead animal, the vulture clearly has a leg ring with an attached band that is being yanked. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: See, that's the difference between you and me, and why you live here and I'm just passing through.
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Help Me Make It Through The Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Sammi Smith
Courtesy of Sizemore Music
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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Gritty and brutal, but entertaining as all hell.
23 May 2003 | by ilovedolbySee all my reviews

`U Turn' is an assault on the senses. But then again, what more can one expect from director Oliver Stone whose innovative brand of filmmaking is often filled with characters that are violent, insane, heroic, and even bizarre. `U Turn' has many characters played by big name actors that intertwine themselves around a central character, in this case, played by Sean Penn (`Casualties Of War'). Ultimately, a film about getting away with murder, `U Turn' is an intriguing blend of story, violence, and strange people. `U Turn' takes place during a hot day in Arizona where we meet our principal character, Bobby (Penn), who is on his way to California to pay a debt to the mob that has helped him in one way or the other. When his car breaks down, Bobby is forced to have a redneck, roadside mechanic, named Darrell (Billy Bob Thornton), fix it. While his car is in the shop, he ends up walking into a local town where he meets some very eccentric people from a blind vagrant (Jon Voight), a drunken sheriff, a hillbilly and his girlfriend, to an exotic woman who sticks out like a sore thumb against the simplicity of the town. Every person he encounters ultimately leads to a conclusion that he could never have expected. Robert Richardson whose superb cinematography has been used in several films of note filmed `U Turn' masterfully. Richardson's craft with a camera can be seen in such other movies as `The Horse Whisperer,' `Snow Falling On Cedars,' and `The Four Feathers.' With its rough cuts, non-steady cam shots, and scenes filmed as the sun glaring down on the actors, Richardson's work gives a harsh and nauseating feel to the film. Stone's direction was excellent. He's an admirable director in that he doesn't follow the mainstream concepts that are commonly seen in most motion pictures. Watching a Stone film is like watching graduate film students show off their work-it's fresh, energetic, and exciting. `U Turn,' undoubtedly, has some of 1997s best performances. Penn is outstanding as a guy who just keeps happening on the wrong place at the wrong time. Jennifer Lopez is surprisingly good in her performances as the wife of a real estate salesman. Lopez seems to have some talent on the screen…unlike her singing career. Her performance in another offbeat movie, `Out Of Sight,' was also good. Nick Nolte is as Nick Nolte does-he's rough around the edges, perverse and violent as the real estate salesman who seems to rule over the sleepy town. Other performances of note are that of Thornton has a slack-jawed yokel mechanic. Joaquin Phoenix (`Signs') as a hillbilly and his simple-minded girlfriend, played by Claire Danes (`The Hours') give the film a hysterical notch. Other points of interest in the film are the score, composed by veteran, Italian, film composer Ennio Morrcone (`Mission To Mars') whose music adds a humorous atmosphere to the irony of the film. All in all, `U Turn' is a film that is gritty and brutal, but entertaining as all hell. ***1/2


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