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Grindhouse (2007)

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Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Stuntman Mike (segment "Death Proof")
Zoë Bell ... Zoë Bell (segment "Death Proof") (as Zoe Bell)
Rosario Dawson ... Abernathy (segment "Death Proof")
Vanessa Ferlito ... Butterfly (segment "Death Proof")
Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Jungle Julia (segment "Death Proof")
Tracie Thoms ... Kim (segment "Death Proof")
Rose McGowan ... Pam (segment "Death Proof") / Cherry (segment "Planet Terror")
Jordan Ladd ... Shanna (segment "Death Proof") / Judy (segment "Thanksgiving")
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lee (segment "Death Proof")
Quentin Tarantino ... Warren (segment "Death Proof") / Rapist #1 (segment "Planet Terror")
Marcy Harriell ... Marcy (segment "Death Proof")
Eli Roth ... Dov (segment "Death Proof") / Tucker (segment "Thanksgiving")
Omar Doom ... Nate (segment "Death Proof")
Michael Bacall ... Omar (segment "Death Proof")
Monica Staggs ... Lanna Frank (segment "Death Proof")
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Storyline

A double-bill of thrillers that recall both filmmakers' favorite exploitation films. "Grindhouse" (a downtown movie theater in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace known for "grinding out" non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies) is presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. "Death Proof," is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while "Planet Terror" shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Rodriguez/Tarantino Double Feature See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

TFM [France] | West Video [Russia]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grind House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$67,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,596,613, 8 April 2007

Gross USA:

$25,037,897

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,422,088
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The cheerleader costume worn by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Death Proof (2007) says "Vipers", an homage to the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS) in "Kill Bill". It is also the same colors as the jump suit Uma Thurman wore and Bruce Lee wore before her in Game of Death (1978); yellow with black stripes. See more »

Goofs

When Cherry Darling is riding in El Wray's wrecker before the crash, she is wearing a sleeveless red top. In the hospital when she wakes up and realizes she has lost her leg, she is wearing a gray t-shirt. When El Wray comes into her hospital room to save her, she is wearing the red top again. She tells El Wray she can't stand, and has been laying in bed with the sheet over her head, so she didn't get up and change her own shirt, and with the chaos in the hospital, it is unlikely a nurse stopped by to change her shirt either. (This goof may be intentional by the film-makers in keeping with the 'grindhouse' feel.) See more »

Quotes

Stuntman Mike: How do you think they accomplish that?
Pam: CGI?
Stuntman Mike: Well, nowadays unfortunately you're right more often than not. But back in the all or nothing days, the Vanishing Point days, the Dirty Mary Crazy Larry days, the White Line Fever days, they had real cars crashing into real cars and real dumb people driving em.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include pieces of film leader shown in time with the music. Most of these are "China girls," used to check the film's color timing. If you look closely, you will see brief segments of "Death Proof" outtakes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD from Alliance Films Is the edited and recut versions of the two films. This was because the film first received an NC-17 rating and to allow the DVD to sell better it was Edited for violence and language making it a hard PG-13 rating. The changes are as followed: PLANET TERROR
  • The scene in the dance club is trimmed.
  • The scene were the woman on the road is torn apart by zombies is edited.
  • The scene were the alarm clock rings. William and Dakota get out of bed. Is missing.
-You can see earlier how Dakota puts the toy aside. -The scene where Cherry puts her foot under the water tap and pulls the splinter out of the wound is missing. -The scene of the front court continues. -In the car there is a dialogue missing between Dakota and her son. -The flash "missing reel" can be seen longer. DEATH PROOF -You can see the flash: "Reel Missing" more times in this version to cover up the violent scenes. -The dashboard scene is edited to one Mike slams on the brakes the card "Missing Real" appears again and cuts to mike driving without Pam's body in the car. -Earl and Edgar step through the first door.
  • the longest different cuts 11 minutes.
-The video turns black and white. When Mike starts smoking while Kims' car stops next to him.
  • The entire car crash scene is edited to a zoomed out shot of Mikes Chevrolet Chevy II/Nova crashing against the girl's car without showing the leg and allice's face being skimmed by the tires.
  • Mikes death at the end of the film is obscured by the girls.
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Connections

References Game of Death (1978) See more »

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Time Out
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Music by Stanley Myers
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Best "experience" in years
28 March 2007 | by jay_hovah703See all my reviews

I won tickets to the world premiere of Grindhouse in LA this past week and it was the best 3 hours of my life in recent history. The stories of the two movies combined with the detail and inventiveness of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez brought together 3 hours of action packed fun. The two directors updated the sleazy grindhouse movie experience from the 70's and commercialized it so that we can all enjoy it. You won't find some greasy guy with his pants around his ankles sitting next to you, but you are probably going to be able to sit through all 3 hours of these movies.

I want to compliment the directors for having a unique cinematic vision (and the Weinsteins for funding that vision). I don't always agree with the choices made with either of the filmmakers, but I think they are two of the hardest working most innovative people in Hollywood today. I add this because most film studies students love to hate both of these people and in most conversations suggest that they would be able to do a much better job than either. I disagree.

Planet terror is a gross out flick that has appropriate amounts of gore and guts. If you like Rodriguez, then this movie fits in with all of his previous works. No real surprises here, but fun fun fun!

Tarantino surprised me. I liked the first movies from Tarantino because his movies were set in realities not far from our own. I doubt that it would happen in a weekend, but Pulp Fiction is a semi-believable good story in Los Angeles with unbelievable dialog. Same with Reservoir Dogs. (Jackie Brown is too believable and therefore, uninteresting) As he has progressed, his movies became fantasy, e.g., From Dusk til Dawn and Kill Bill 1 & 2 and WAY too over the top for a "Tarantino" flick.

Death Proof brings it all home! I don't want to spoil any of the movie, so just go see it! It's a simple plot with unbelievable suspense and decent dialog. I have never been so nervous in a film in as long as I can remember. Its no secret that the movie involves a car -- but Tarantino has taken a "classic" car scenario using a classic car and updated it for the new millennium. One only has suspend belief "just enough" for this mix of reality and fantasy to suck them in. It was Tarantino at his best.

Both movies were well executed, well scored, well written, and well played. The extra's and cameos are icing on the cake. No Oscars for either director, but that isn't why you went to see these movies in the first place, now is it?


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