1994   USA Natural Born Killers
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Director:Oliver Stone
Studio:Lions Gate
Writer:Quentin Tarantino, David Veloz
IMDb Rating:7.1 (85,094 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:Crime, Drama, Romance
Duration:121 min
Oliver Stone  ...  (Director)
Quentin Tarantino, David Veloz  ...  (Writer)
Woody Harrelson  ...  Mickey Knox
Juliette Lewis  ...  Mallory Knox
Tom Sizemore  ...  Det. Jack Scagnetti
Rodney Dangerfield  ...  Ed Wilson, Mallory's Dad
Everett Quinton  ...  Deputy Warden Wurlitzer
Jared Harris  ...  London Boy
Pruitt Taylor Vince  ...  Deputy Warden Kavanaugh
Edie McClurg  ...  Mallory's Mom
Russell Means  ...  Old Indian
Lanny Flaherty  ...  Earl
O-Lan Jones  ...  Mabel
Robert Downey Jr.  ...  Wayne Gale
Richard Lineback  ...  Sonny
Kirk Baltz  ...  Roger
Ed White  ...  Pinball Cowboy
Robert Richardson  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: The Media Made Them Superstars.

Summary: Oliver Stone would like to have the last word on America's media culture of voyeurism and violence, but whatever he's trying to say in this grisly, unconventional movie comes across terribly garbled. Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play traveling serial killers who become television celebrities when a Geraldo-like personality (Robert Downey Jr.) turns their madness into the biggest story in the country. Stone extensively rewrote an original script by Quentin Tarantino, and he employs a mosaic of different film stocks, video, and pop pastiches to create a sense of blurred lines between visual phenomena. (The background on Lewis's character's life as an abused child, for instance, is presented as a sitcom starring Rodney Dangerfield.) But the result of these experiments is a pompous, even amateurish effort at grasping the reins of a real-life national debate. One almost wants to tell Stone to sit down and raise his hand next time if he thinks he has something to say. The controversial director would like Natural Born Killers to be nothing less than a monumental achievement, but it's one of the emptier entries in his filmography. --Tom Keogh

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