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Southland Tales (2006)

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During a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.


Richard Kelly


Richard Kelly
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Amezcua Carlos Amezcua ... Himself
Curtis Armstrong ... Dr. Soberin Exx
Robert Benz Robert Benz ... Tab Taverner
Todd Berger ... Bing Zinneman
Joe Campana ... Brandt Huntington
Chris Andrew Ciulla ... UPU 4 Officer 3 (as Chris Ciulla)
Rebekah Del Rio ... Vanessa Vera Cruz
Aaron Dillar Aaron Dillar ... Jimmy Hermosa
Nora Dunn ... Cyndi Pinziki
Shari Dunn Shari Dunn ... USI Dent Reporter
Michele Durrett Michele Durrett ... Starla Von Luft
Jon Falcone Jon Falcone ... Soldier Falcon
Leila Feinstein Leila Feinstein ... Herself
Jaret Gardiner Jaret Gardiner ... Shane Laverne
Janeane Garofalo ... General Teena MacArthur


Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. Written by TheGuyInThePj's

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Warning: you are entering a domain of chaos. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence, sexual material and some drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

DVD site [Japan] | MySpace page


France | Germany | USA



Release Date:

7 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A káosz birodalma See more »

Filming Locations:

Hermosa Beach, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,428, 18 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,380, 20 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$374,743, 29 June 2008
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathon Ross dismissed Southland Tales as being "like a bad, overlong student film". See more »


When Boxer Santaros confronts Serpentine and Dr. Inga Von Westphalen, the boom microphone is visible as the camera pans from one to the other. See more »


[first lines]
Private Pilot Abilene: [narration] In the aftermath of nuclear attacks in Texas, America found itself on the brink of anarchy.
[overlapping news reports]
Private Pilot Abilene: World War III had begun.
Private Pilot Abilene: The accelerated conflict in the Middle East placed significant restrictions on American access to oil. Alternative fuel sources became a lucrative commodity. Americans were transfixed by the terrorist's threat, and were willing to prevent another attack by any means necessary. Military checkpoints were erected at each State line. ...
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, a logo appears of a thumbprint over an American flag with the words: "DON'T TOUCH ME" See more »


Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #13.14 (2007) See more »


Written and Performed by Moby
Courtesy of V2 Records/Mute Ltd.
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If you don't want to like it, you wont ! ! !
4 November 2008 | by DrumpotSee all my reviews

So, what did I think when I saw this movie? Well I enjoyed the visuals, the tone, the soundtrack and the way the film was made (but couldn't understand why as I didn't really understand the movie itself).

Like when I watched Magnolia I was confused and disappointed, but just like Magnolia I watched it the next time it was on T.V. with little or no expectations and better equipped to understand the story.

This is not a film that can be summarized clearly in a paragraph (without begging more questions then answers).

I appreciated the humor, the dialog and of course the story far more after watching it again and again and again.

Its certainly not everybody's cup of tea, but some people seem to take great exception with movies that ask more of the viewer then the average popcorn flick.

How anybody could give it 1 out of 10 can only be explained by their inability to grasp the concept of movies that don't have everything spelt out to the viewer. This is an arty movie, but hasn't pretended to be anything other then cryptic, I blame those who went to it without reading any sort of review. Ignorance is Bliss I suppose.

Perhaps some people struggle to separate their own religious beliefs or political preferences to really just enjoy a complex modern take on age old Stories.

This is'nt a popcorn flick where you will be wowed by the special effects or rolling around the aisles with laughter. I think it is so much more then that and will leave a lasting feeling of fulfillment if you allow yourself to get on board its story.

I for one wished there was more movies like this around. Why did I give it 10 when it is not clearly faultless? Because if you truly allow yourself to get into the story it is so satisfying on so many different levels.

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