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From Dusk Till Dawn


Written by Quentin Tarantino in 1990, two years before Reservoir Dogs made him a major cult figure, Dusk is actually two films in one, the longer first section being a brotherly variation on Natural Born Killers, the second coming off as a Night of the Living Dead-tinged offshoot of John Carpenter’s 1976 lowbudget classic, Assault on Precinct 13 – a fact acknowledged by one character’s T-shirt. What demands attention by a wider audience is George Clooney’s instant emergence as a full-fledged movie star. What also jumps out from the opening scene is a reminder of Tarantino’s indelible touch with dialogue. Michael Parks, as a Texas Ranger, gives an uproarious reading of some corking redneck speeches before getting blown away by the unstable Gecko brothers (Clooney and Tarantino), who are headed for a safe haven in Mexico after a bloody crime spree. After the more psychotic of the two, Tarantino’s Richard, needlessly murders one hostage, the boys find new ones in Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), a preacher who’s lost his faith, and his two teenage kids – Kate (Juliette Lewis) and Scott (Ernest Liu). The Geckos commandeer the Fullers’ RV for the trip over the border, where they pull up at a joint called the Titty Twister, which qualifies as the raunchiest bar on Earth even before the full nature of its entertainment offerings is revealed. It’s thoroughly juvenile stuff pulled off with lowdown flair and relentless energy by Robert Rodriguez. As the weird kid brother, Tarantino isn’t bad, and generates a few laughs with his straight-faced portrait of dementia and lasciviousness. Keitel is a bit miscast as the solemn ex-pastor, Lewis is at her most subdued. Courtesy: Todd McCarthy, Variety
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Directed by: 
Robert Rodriguez
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George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson
Screenplay by: 
Quentin Tarantino

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