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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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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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Sean Penn had originally turned down his role due to schedule conflicts, and Bill Paxton replaced him. About a week before filming, Paxton backed out; fortunately, Penn had become available. 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

Grace: And here I made you all hot and sweaty...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Hebba Ho
Written by tim floyd tim
Performed by Ditch Croaker
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Oliver Stones' best film by a wide margin.
9 January 2004 | by terraplaneSee all my reviews

U Turn is a great film. Of course it borrows from other films, so what? Sean Penn turns in a great performance as does Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Voight.Jennifer Lopez does her best to keep up with the seasoned professionals and by and large succeeds. As the story unfolds we get some great cameo performances from Voight and Thornton, whilst Penn pulls out all the stops. The twisting noir-ish plot succeeds in keeping us enthralled for the duration. None of the characters are particularly likeable which could be a problem in certain circumstances but in this film it just serves to make us enjoy their various fates. If Stone were to make smaller scale films like this instead of overblown rubbish like Any Given Sunday, Natural Born Killers and The Doors he might just find a more willing audience.


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