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My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1987 (USA)
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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Storyline

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

Release Date:

1987 (USA) See more »

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

The camera would be rented on Friday, because the rental company wasn't open on weekends. This meant they could pay for one day, and get it for three. See more »

Quotes

Clarence Pool: See, I look at him, I'd wanna be him so bad - I mean, Elvis looked *good*. I mean, I'm no fag, but Elvis was good-lookin'.
[sigh]
Clarence Pool: I always said, you know, if, if I ever, I - had to fuck a guy? I mean, had to 'cause like, my life depended on it? I'd fuck Elvis.
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Connections

Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) 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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10 May 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)

This amateur film was co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and has become somewhat of a cult favorite over the years. Fans of Tarantino are willing to check out anything he has done so this leads them to his first feature, which originally ran 70 minutes but due to a fire there are only fragments that remain.

The total running time is just over 35 minutes so half of the movie is lost but there's still enough interesting material to make it worth sitting through. The story is pretty simple as Tarantino plays a DJ whose best friend has just been dumped and the two try to have some fun. This leads to the Tarantino character getting involved with a hooker.

With half the film missing it's impossible to fairly judge this movie but I must say that as a Tarantino fan I enjoyed it. On a technical level there's certainly nothing special about the film as the director obviously hadn't gotten that great eye of his. However, the dialogue and how people talk to one another is on full power here and there are some very funny sequences. One such example is when they are discussing great actors in bad movies and also a scene dealing with good music.

Tarantino is actually a lot of fun in his part and he certainly knows how to handle his dialogue. What's most interesting here is the subplot dealing with the hooker as a lot of their relationship would be used in TRUE ROMANCE so fans of that film will certainly want to check this out.


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