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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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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

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:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,596,613, 6 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,031,037, 17 June 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the "Death Proof" segment, the tank top Kurt Russell wore in Big Trouble in Little China (1986) can be seen hanging on the wall of the Texas Chili Parlor. See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) There is a shot of the table with Jungle Julia, Shanna, and Dov. Eli Roth (Dov) has been replaced by another actor/stand-in. See more »

Quotes

Wray: Did you find what was in the pocket?
Cherry: Fuck no.
Wray: Look for it.
Cherry: [searches through one pocket]
Wray: No, the other one.
Cherry: [searches through the other pocket and takes out a box with a ring inside it]
Wray: I was gonna give it to you, but you left me. 'Cuz you took the jacket...
CherryWray: ...and I looked for it for two weeks.
Wray: Read it.
Cherry: Two against the world.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Just below the listing for Quentin's personal chef is the following credit: "Personal Chef for Mr. Rodriguez - Robert Rodriguez" 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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Soundtracks

Sally & Jack
Written by Pino Donaggio
Performed by Pino Donaggio
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The first classic of the new century
5 April 2007 | by canada_rules_74See all my reviews

Grindhouse is all about excess. Excess blood, gore, puss, explosions, near non-stop laughter and violence. The only thing you will find little of in it is nudity. It's typical Tarantino-paranoid-about-nudity and what we get are two distinct halves to one great film.

If you loved Tarantino's "Jackie Brown", then you'll love "Death Proof". D.P. is basically Jackie Brown on wheels. He rambles on and on and on about completely un-funny and pointless things for nearly 50 minutes with little else happening. I am quite disappointed with QT, as he is my favourite director/writer but I think he is stretching his limit a bit too far. He has fallen into a self-indulgent groove of non-stop banter or over-the-top violence. The end is capped off with probably one THE BEST car chases in history that lasts for about 20 amazing minutes that will undoubtedly give you a heart attack it's so well made. Also, Kurt Russell is NOT the main star of it as many people believe and I'll leave it at that.

Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" on the other hand is a completely off the wall, no holds barred shmorgassboard of absolute cinematic enjoyment. People blow up when shot with revolvers, gore is splattered at least every couple minutes once it gets past the first two minutes and it will have you laughing harder than any Tarantino film ever has. It is so freakin' good that I think my eyes fell out and had an orga*m due to the cinematic bliss that is "Planet Terror".

Rose McGowan will undoubtedly become the new pin-up girl and sex symbol due to her role of Cherry Darling; a Go-Go dancer (unfortunately not a stripper) that eventually gets an assault rifle for a leg. Who knew that an assault rifle for a leg could ever be THAT hot?

There are no words in the history of mankind that can help me explain to anyone the awesomeness that is displayed in "Grindhouse". "Death Proof" may drag it down a bit, but is nonetheless essential for the film as a whole. This is exactly the movie that Hollywood needed to have kicked up it's butt. Hopefully this will pave the way for more "extreme" films or higher rated films in general; although I'm still unsure if it would be a good idea to go to the extremes that French cinema is experiencing at the moment, but would nonetheless be welcome.

IMO, "Grindhouse" is THE BEST FILM since "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" in 1966 for pure filmic enjoyment. Sit back, relax, and prepare to have your head explode! Go see it now or you'll regret it!


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