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.
In the special features interviews Kurt Russell refers to the film illustrating the Hollywood that he knew when he was growing up. During the time that this movie takes place, Russell was featured in a number of movies as well as guested on a number of TV shows. Meanwhile, his father Bing Russell was also guesting or playing a recurring character on various highly popular TV westerns and other shows.
When Rick is talking with Trudy he says that in fifteen years she would be washed up as well as him. Kurt Russell was one of an extremely small number of child stars who continued to have a strong career through adulthood. In fact, he was the only one to end up with high-profile roles into his senior years, having made this particular film at the age of 68. See more »
The city lights seen at night in the background from Rick's house are those of the San Fernando Valley. Such a view would not have been possible from Rick's Cielo Drive residence, next to Sharon Tate's house, up in Beverly Glen. According to IMDb, the site for filming Rick's house was 10969 Alta Vista Drive, Studio City, which overlooks the San Fernando Valley, thus explaining the erroneous (though photogenic) view. See more »
Midway through the end credits is a commercial for Red Apple Cigarettes (a recurring fictional brand in Quentin Tarantino's films) starring Rick Dalton. See more »
The version of the film that screened at The Cannes Film Festival was 159 minutes, two minutes shorter than the version released in theaters in the US. Tarantino reportedly added in more scenes of Sharon Tate, including extending the scene where she picks up a hitchhiker. See more »
Another great Tarantino film, though I do agree there are times where it feels a little indulgent and meandering. The climax of the film is fantastic though, and it does make it feel like it was all worth it for the most part. There isn't really a defined narrative, which may put some people off but Tarantino's sublime dialogue and the great performances make all of the scenes at least entertaining. It's no Pulp Fiction, but it definitely is one of the most original films I've seen in a while.
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