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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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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sean Penn and Nick Nolte also appeared in The Thin Red Line (1998) and Gangster Squad (2013). See more »

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When Bobby calls Grace, the facing card she has in her left hand changes from a 2 to a queen. See more »

Quotes

Blind Man: It's the desert that makes you crazy. The loneliness out here. Nobody to talk to. People on the run.
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Your Cheatin' Heart
Written by Hank Williams, Sr.
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Billy Bob Thornton And Joaquin Phoenix Stole The Movie, With What Little Parts They Had.
8 March 2005 | by FrancesTheWHORESee all my reviews

U-Turn is about a man named Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn) who is on his way to pay a debt to a gangster when his car breaks down in the small, redneck town of Superior. There, Bobby is taken advantage of by the good IL' boys in every way possible, from the dirty mechanic to the town sheriff. He meets a beautiful girl named Grace (Jennifer Lopez) and falls for her, and she seemingly falls for him as well. From here, there are twists and turns in the plot all the way to the very end of the movie.

Sean Penn was decent as Bobby, but seemed a bit week and was taken advantage of a bit too easily. I guess that was Bobby's character so he did a good job. Jennifer Lopez did not have as big a part as I thought, but she did OK with it. Nothing spectacular, just OK.

The characters that stole the movie, in my honest opinion, were Darrell the mechanic (Billy Bob Thornton) and Toby N. Tucker (Joaquin Phoenix). They had the redneck stereotypes down pat, especially Thornton.

This movie was a decent little thriller. I am glad I did not see it way back when it was in theaters but it is OK for a rental. I give 7 of 10 stars.


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