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.
During the scene in which George Spahn is struggling to identify Cliff Booth, he mishears his name as John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes Booth was the man who assassinated president Abraham Lincoln on April 15 1865. The woman who questions Cliff before allowing him to enter, and sitting one room away from this exchange, is infamous Charles Manson acolyte Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme. On September 5 1975, Fromme made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Interestingly, Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, and Fromme's attempt on Ford was in Capitol Park after he had entered from Lincoln street in Sacramento, California. See more »
According to the list of The F.B.I. episodes on Wikipedia, while an episode of FBI did indeed air on February 9th, 1969 (the date Rick Dalton & Cliff Booth watch Rick's guest appearance in FBI together) it was the fifth-season episode "The Maze", not "All the Streets Are Silent", which was the 11th episode from Season 1 and originally aired November 28th, 1965. 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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