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Death Proof

Year:
Duration:
114 min (international version) | Japan:113 min | USA:87 min (Grindhouse version) | 121 min (extended version)
Genres:
Action | Thriller
IMDB rate:
7.1
Director:
Quentin Tarantino
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2007-05-31
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA
Earnings
Opening Weekend: £407,525 (UK) (23 September 2007)
Gross: £707,262 (UK) (30 September 2007)
Cast
Actor
Character
Michael Parks
Michael Parks
Death Proof
Kurt Russell
Stuntman Mike
Zoë Bell
Herself
Rosario Dawson
Abernathy
Vanessa Ferlito
Arlene
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
Jungle Julia
Tracie Thoms
Kim
Rose McGowan
Pam
Jordan Ladd
Shanna
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Lee
Quentin Tarantino
Warren
Marcy Harriell
Marcy
Eli Roth
Dov
Omar Doom
Nate
Michael Bacall
Omar
Monica Staggs
Lanna Frank
Jonathan Loughran
Jasper
Marta Mendoza
Punky Bruiser
Tim Murphy
Tim the Bartender
Melissa Arcaro
Venus Envy
James Parks
Edgar McGraw
Marley Shelton
Dr. Dakota Block - McGraw
Nicky Katt
Counter Guy
Electra Avellan
Babysitter Twin #1
Elise Avellan
Babysitter Twin #2
Helen Kim
Peg
Tina Rodriguez
Juana
Eurlyne Epper
Lanna Frank Friend #1
Jamie L. Dunno
Lanna Frank Friend #2
Kelley Robins
Laquanda
Manuel Cantu
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Chris King
Extra (uncredited)
Darryl K. Phipps
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Julitta Pourciau
Business Class Passenger (uncredited)
Amanda Rivas
Nurse (uncredited)
Violet Saenz-Arocha
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Gary Teague
Businessman (uncredited)
Angela Ware
Waitress at Guero's (uncredited)
Steven A. Webb
College Player-Barroom (uncredited)
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Trivia
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard right after the car runs over Arlene's face.
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In Mexico this film was exhibited in it's original unrated version on cinemas.
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In a 2012 directors round-table conducted by The Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino said "Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever did."
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Goofs
When Kim is driving the Mustang to the diner with the other three girls, the key is in the "off" position.
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In the last scene where the girls hit their car into Mike's car, his car somersaults and is back on the ground with all 4 wheels in place. But in a close up shot, when girls pull him out of the car, one of the wheels is not there (rear left).
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When Earl is recreating the crime for his son, he mentions "...all four souls taken exactly the same time." Five women died that night, and as far as he could know, they all died in the crash.
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Quotes
Dr. Dakota Block - McGraw: [after The Sheriff and his Son question her on Stuntman Mike's condition after his car crash]
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Dov: [making fun of Stuntman Mike] Dude, check it out. I wonder if BJ brought the bear with him.
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Zoë: [while their car is being smashed by Stuntman Mike] I'm sorry I called you black bitch!
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Faq
Q
How are the From Dusk Till Dawn (trilogy), Kill Bill and Grindhouse connected?
A
This takes some work, but all of the above films all exist within the same movie universe. There are several links between all of the movies that can be made.Warning BIG spoliers ahead.The best link is the character of Earl McGraw who appears in all of the movie's plots.Earl McGraw dies at the start of From Dusk Till Dawn. So this would place From Dusk Till Dawn's events at the end of the timeline.Then there is Jasper who is alive in the Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, but dies in Kill Bill: Vol. 1.There is also the link of El Wray from the Planet Terror segment of Grindhouse and the town the that Seth Gecko and Richard Gecko were heading to in From Dusk Till Dawn which was also called "El Wray".Another link is Dr. Dakota Block who appears in both the Death Proof and Planet Terror segments of Grindhouse, and this is the best place to start. Dr. Dakota Block is also the daughter of Earl McGraw and sister of Edgar McGraw who also appears in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.I think that is most of the links made (there could be more) but from this you can start to piece together the chronology of the universe, so...The events of Death Proof must happen before the events of Planet Terror. This can be assumed by the relationship between Dr. Dakota Block and Earl McGraw which is frayed in Death Proof and most of Planet Terror, but they do make up by the end of Planet Terror. Also the lack of "sickos" in Death Proof would suggest this is before Planet Terror. Plus Dr. Dakota Block leaves at the end of Planet Terror, but is back working in the hospital in Death Proof. There is also a mention "in memory of" over the radio of Jungle Julia from Death Proof in the events of Planet Terror.So we have...1, Death Proof2, Planet TerrorThen we can move onto Jasper. As he is alive in Death Proof but dies in Kill Bill: Vol. 1. That would place the (current) events of Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 after the events of Death Proof.So...1, Death Proof2, Planet Terror3, Kill Bill: Vol. 14, Kill Bill: Vol. 2Then onto Earl McGraw who is alive in Death Proof, Planet Terror and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 but is killed in From Dusk Till Dawn.Leading us to...1, Death Proof2, Planet Terror3, Kill Bill: Vol. 14, Kill Bill: Vol. 25, From Dusk Till DawnBut then you have to include From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter.Edgar McGraw makes reference to the events and death of his father Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, which obviously sets this film after From Dusk Till Dawn. Then From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter is actually a prequel set in the 1800's therefore the earliest of the connections.So finaly, chronologically the films go...1, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter2, Death Proof3, Planet Terror4, Kill Bill: Vol. 15, Kill Bill: Vol. 26, From Dusk Till Dawn7, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
Q
Wouldn't there be enough evidence to convict Stuntman Mike in the deaths of the first group of girls?
A
Stuntman Mike was very clever on how to stay clear of charges.He didn't smoke any weed when offered, and he didn't drink any alcohol while at the bar. While driving head-on at the girls, he turns his headlights off. Then seconds before he crashes into them, he turns them back on. This was done so that they wouldn't see him until it was too late, and also so that when forensics investigates, they will see that he had his headlights on during the crash.As pointed out by Earl McGraw, Stuntman Mike comes out clean as a whistle, while all the girls are drunk and high.Mike could have possibly been charged with reckless endangerment or involuntary manslaughter due to him giving Pam a ride without a proper passenger seat or seat belt and nobody would know she had died before the crash. However, as Earl McGraw points out, she asked him for the ride and it would look like he was just trying to help her out.Any evidence towards Stuntman Mike would be circumstantial. The fact that he drives a stunt car, and was the one speeding, doesn't mean he was the one that crashed into the girls. The evidence contradicting this would be more overwhelming.
Q
What scenes in the Unrated Version are not in the theatrical version?
A
1. The opening conversation is longer (though one or two lines from Arlene, Jungle Julia and Shanna have been trimmed).2. We see the girls drunkenly leave Guero's while Stuntman Mike watches and applies eyedrops.3. The scene where Arlene spots the Chevy Nova outside the Chili Parlor is extended with a talk between Arlene and her "boyfriend."4. Dov and Omar's making fun of Stuntman Mike is extended.5. The first conversation between Stuntman Mike and Pam is extended.6. A new scene where the girls get their Wild Turkey shots and Stuntman Mike orders his virgin Pina Colada (and a Cabo Wabo margarita for Pam).7. The second conversation between Stuntman Mike and Pam is extended, ending with a close up of the rain hitting the pavement outside.8. Part of the "missing reel" is re-inserted, so we see the lap dance.9. In the alternate version, when Stuntman Mike tells Pam they're going left, he has a happier look on his face instead of his menacing look in the original version.10. Pam's pleas to Stuntman Mike were re-shot in the alternate version where they come off more scared and pathetic than they did in the original.11. After the Chevy Nova crashes through the Honda's roof, a "Wilhelm scream" is added as the car crashes back onto the road.12. The discussion between Earl and Edgar McGraw is extended (also explaining Pam's story as to how she got to the bar).13. A lengthy black and white sequence introduces Abernathy, Kim, and Lee on their way to pick up Zoe. Stuntman Mike also meets these girls the first time, playing with Abernathy's hanging feet while she sleeps in the back seat. The scene later changes to color.14. The airport stalking scene is extended with Abernathy, Kim and Lee meeting Zoe in the airport terminal.15. The talk in the car between the ladies is extended (and trims a joke from Zoe).16. After the first chase, some of Zoe's dialogue has been removed.
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Michael Parks