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Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019)

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 July 2019 (USA)
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

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Quentin Tarantino
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 135 wins & 372 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Rick Dalton
Brad Pitt ... Cliff Booth
Margot Robbie ... Sharon Tate
Emile Hirsch ... Jay Sebring
Margaret Qualley ... Pussycat
Timothy Olyphant ... James Stacy
Julia Butters ... Trudi Fraser
Austin Butler ... Tex Watson
Dakota Fanning ... Squeaky Fromme
Bruce Dern ... George Spahn
Mike Moh ... Bruce Lee
Luke Perry ... Wayne Maunder
Damian Lewis ... Steve McQueen
Al Pacino ... Marvin Schwarz
Nicholas Hammond ... Sam Wanamaker
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Storyline

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.

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The 9th Film from Quentin Tarantino.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After Rick and Cliff leave the bar in the beginning of the movie, a news bulletin can be heard coming from the car radio. It is about Sirhan Sirhan, who murdered Senator Robert F. Kennedy who won the Democratic primary in California in 1968 and was shot after giving his victory speech. The events in the scene play on February 8, 1969, which was two days before Sirhan pled guilty to first-degree murder. See more »

Goofs

While it has been over 90F in Los Angeles during February several times in history, it would be unheard of it for it to be 95F (and 100F+ in the valleys) in that month, as a radio announcer casually says it is during a scene set in early February 1969. The record all-time high temperature for *any* date in February in Woodland Hills, in the San Fernando Valley, is 94F (a record set in 1986) and 92F at Los Angeles International Airport (a record set in 1963). It's likely or possible this error was inserted intentionally by Tarantino (after all, an L.A. native) to add to the alternate history, but it isn't factual. See more »

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[first lines]
Bounty Law Promo Announcer: This man is worth 500 dollars. And this man's going to collect. He's Jake Cahill, and he lives by... "Bounty Law".
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Crazy Credits

This film breaks the motif of denoting "The (number) film by Quentin Tarantino" in the opening or ending credits; instead it simply states "Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino." See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Edited from The F.B.I.: All the Streets Are Silent (1965) See more »

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Green Door
Written by Bob Davie (as Robert Davie) and Marvin Moore
Produced by Archie Thompson, Eddie Caldwell, and Music of the Sea, Inc.
Performed by Leonardo DiCaprio
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My third favorite Tarantino film
26 July 2019 | by M_ExchangeSee all my reviews

During the '90s if you said to me, "in time, Leo DiCaprio will be one of the most masculine actors in Hollywood" there isn't a chance in hell I would have believed you. For a long time he had a scrawny build and a youthful face. Like most moviegoers, I didn't regard him seriously as a tough guy until I saw "The Departed" in 2006. "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Revenant" followed, and they cemented his place as a rugged leading man throwback. He does not disappoint in this movie as Rick Dalton when the scenes demand it. Brad Pitt, who was always convincing in such a role since the start of his career, plays his character Cliff Booth to perfection. It's probably my favorite Pitt performance other than "Twelve Monkeys."

Director Quentin Tarantino designed this film in a way that each scene serves the function of creating likeability and credibility for its characters, not necessarily advancing the plot. And in this day and age of "toxic masculinity" and when studios want five foot tall women to take over men's roles, he made many bold moves. Dalton and Booth aren't afraid or ashamed to kick ass and take names. Yet, unlike Tarantino's previous work in which a head exploded when it took a round from a small caliber pistol or torrents of blood gushed from minor wounds, the violence isn't cartoonish.

Yes, the movie is a love letter to Hollywood, and people who have lived in L.A. probably appreciate it more than outsiders. There are references to and visuals of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burbank Boulevard, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys, Panorama City, etc. that caused my brain to smile during the film-- especially because these places that I've seen ten million times in person were shown in a '60s style. A meta reference that caused my audience to chuckle: at one point Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate character sees spotlights oscillating at "the porn theater" down the street from a restaurant. "What is going on at the porn theater?" "A premiere." "Porn theaters have premieres?" In fact, it's The New Beverly Cinema, the theater that Tarantino now owns and that played porn films during the '60s and '70s.

I'm ashamed to admit that, like most Americans, although I'm very familiar with Charles Manson's history, I knew little about Sharon Tate and almost nothing about Jay Sebring. Tarantino did an excellent job of making them three dimensional people rather than background characters who served the plot. Ironically, if anyone is a background character whose brief appearance serves the plot, it's Manson himself. Such direction honors Sebring and Tate.

I have one complaint about this film. With all due (immense) respect for Tarantino, I agree with critics who stated that Robbie was underused. A couple of years ago I stated on this blog that "I, Tonya" was the best film of 2017, so I've known for a while that she is a phenomenal talent. YET I personally don't know how her role could have been expanded without blemishing the film. She did an outstanding job in this film, especially with her facial expressions at a movie theater, yet Tate's real life story has almost nothing to do with Dalton and Booth's fictional lives. It's like if the Angels used Mike Trout in an optimal pinch hitting role in the sixth or seventh inning of five consecutive games, and he hit grand slams every time. No fan would want to interfere with that streak, yet you would think that his team is severely unserved with him on the bench for most of the game.

I rate this film 9 of 10 stars. It's my third favorite Tarantino film, and it caused me to break my rule about not applauding in a theater unless someone who worked on the film is in attendance. I applauded during its climax, and the odds are good that you will as well.


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26 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,082,018, 28 July 2019

Gross USA:

$142,502,728

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$374,375,059
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