Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.
To portray a hippie follower of the Manson Clan, Margaret Qualley let her armpit hair grow out over the course of the shoot for her 'Pussycat' character. See more »
The rear view mirror of the Cadillac disappears and reappears from shot to shot. (This is common in many productions, for obvious reasons, especially for camera shots from the rear of the car looking forward, as is the case here. Production also often remove headrests, although in this movie most of the cars predate headrests.) See more »
The film's title doesn't appear until the end of the film. See more »
In October 2019, an extended cut of the film was released in selected theaters with an additional 10 minutes, made up of 4 new scenes which include an extended version of the opening scene, two fake commercials and a new after-credits scene. See more »
A meandering masterpiece ... I didn't want it to end
This is such an unusual movie. It doesn't really have a plot ... it's kind of like a "day in the life of a fading Hollywood TV actor", but still it's just fascinating to watch. The acting, cinematography and production values for capturing the late 60s (and really ... dawn of the 70s) are about as good as you'll ever see. It's just art.
And when it comes the ending ... wow. Especially if you know a bit of history. It's intense and amazing and I'll just leave it at that.
That said, it is a little male-biased by modern standards, but it's capturing the mentality of a different time period. DiCaprio and Pitt play two wildly different characters that you just want to keep watching to see they do next. They will quite possibly win Oscars for their performances -- and Tarantino will no doubt be up for best director, best original screenplay and best film.
If you enjoy Tarantino's moviemaking style - the dialog, the visuals, the period details and, yes ... the violence ... this is a must see. It's almost 2 and 3/4 hours - but I would have gladly stayed longer.
BTW, if you stay a minute into the end-credits, there's a post credit scene followed by a fun radio (audio-only) contest commercial.
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