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My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)

Not Rated | | Comedy
It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.

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Quentin Tarantino
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Cast

Credited cast:
Craig Hamann ... Mickey Burnett
Quentin Tarantino ... Clarence Pool
Crystal Shaw Martell ... Misty (as Crystal Shaw)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allen Garfield ... Entertainment Magnate
Al Harrell Al Harrell ... Clifford
Brenda Hillhouse Brenda Hillhouse ... Wife
Linda Kaye ... Ex-Girlfriend
Stevo Polyi Stevo Polyi ... Deejay
Alan Sanborn Alan Sanborn ... Nutmeg, Radio Station Receptionist
Rich Turner Rich Turner ... Oliver Brandon
Rowland Wafford Rowland Wafford ... Lenny Otis
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It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Mano geriausio draugo gimtadienis See more »

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Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (surviving fragments)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Co-cinematographer Roger Avary later said of the film, "Had we ever finished the film it would have looked something like a sloppy version of She's Gotta Have It (1986); a miracle considering the budget. Contrary to legend, the rest of the film was not 'lost in a lab fire'. It was simply never finished due to loss of steam." See more »

Quotes

Clifford: Your ass is grass, and I'm the lawnmower.
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Referenced in Bottoms Up (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Right Now
Music by Herbie Mann and lyrics by Carl Sigman
Performed by The Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie)
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Quentin Tarantino's early work is good and interesting enough to watch but will be probably too amateur looking for most people.
16 February 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

We will never see this movie in it's full glory. The final reel of this movie was destroyed in a lab fire that broke out during editing and the only surviving parts were edited together to make this 34 minutes short movie. Still you never get the feeling that you're ever really missing any sequences while watching this movie.

This is a Tarantino movie alright. It has some absolutely amazing dialog. The story isn't really about much but the dialog makes sure that this movie is an interesting enough one to watch. The line 'Your ass is grass, and I'm the lawnmower.', right before two persons get into a fight, is an absolute classic in my book and now actually one of my favorite movie quotes. The movie is interestingly told and divided in several different parts, in the same style as "Pulp Function". This movie would latter also form the basis for Tarantino's script for "True Romance".

Real problem with this movie is that it lacks style. It's a very amateur like looking movie and it uses standard camera-positions and weak editing. Because of this not everything in the movie works very well, such as most of the comical moments and the weird kung-fu fight toward the ending. Tarantino's vision was obviously already present but he didn't had the right tools and persons around him to make the right movie he had in mind with it. Oh well, he eventually ended up alright with that!

Probably only truly recommendable to Tarantino fans though.

7/10

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