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U Turn (1997)

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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Sex. Murder. Betrayal. Everything that makes life worth living. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$6,633,400
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laurie Metcalf makes a cameo appearance in the film, making U Turn (1997) her second collaboration with Oliver Stone since JFK (1991). See more »

Goofs

Marker is visible during the scene where the men have cornered Bobby in the alley. See more »

Quotes

Jake McKenna: [having sex with Grace from behind] Oh, fuck it away, fuck it away! But it ain't ever gonna go away!
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Soundtracks

I Wish You Love
(Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours ?)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Albert Beach
Performed by Gloria Lynne
Courtesy of Everest Records
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Sordid tales in a little town of the southern USA.
10 December 2004 | by adam-xSee all my reviews

A marked gambler (Penn) on the run, comes to a little town in the middle of nowhere, south USA. A town filled with very unusual characters, sordid secrets and strange opportunities, that seem very appealing to this "Pat Poker" on the run, which desperately needs money to pay the idiotic, redneck town mechanic. Penn and Nolte are at the greatest level, and Lopez fills the requisites of her character. Beautiful piece of writing, with surprising plot twists which make way to a most brilliant ending, "Stone" style despair. A very misunderstood work by this brilliant, all-American director. Another piece of genuine America, with all her virtues and even more flaws, seen trough "stone" cold eyes...


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