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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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Black comedy about a girl who suffered from brain damage after a car accident and had to be institutionalized due to her erratic behavior. Her devoted and heartbroken boyfriend makes the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Mickey Burnett
... Clarence Pool
... Misty (as Crystal Shaw)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Entertainment Magnate
Al Harrell ... Clifford
Brenda Hillhouse ... Wife
... Ex-Girlfriend
Stevo Polyi ... Deejay
Alan Sanborn ... Nutmeg, Radio Station Receptionist
Rich Turner ... Oliver Brandon
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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Also Known As:

День народження мого найкращого друга  »

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$5,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Quentin Tarantino's friend and fellow Video Archives clerk Roger Avary worked as the cinematographer on this film. He found Rich Turner to be very funny, and later cast him as the American tourist in his debut feature, Killing Zoe (1993). In addition to playing minor roles in both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction (1994), Turner would later play a minor role in Boogie Boy (1998), written and directed by Craig Hamann, who also worked at Video Archives and who co-wrote this film. See more »

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Clifford: Your ass is grass, and I'm the lawnmower.
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References It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) See more »

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I Walk the Line
Written and performed by Johnny Cash
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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 See 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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