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U Turn (1997)

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

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When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After becoming involved with a (unbeknownst to him) young married woman, her husband hires Bobby to kill her. Later, she hires Bobby to kill the husband. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 October 1997 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,730,440 (USA) (5 October 1997)

Gross:

$6,633,400 (USA) (2 November 1997)
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Laurie Metcalf makes a cameo in the film, making U Turn (1997) her second collaboration with Oliver Stone since JFK (1991). See more »

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Towards the very end, the camera and crew are reflected in an extreme close-up of Grace's eyes. See more »

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Grace: And here I made you all hot and sweaty...
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References Doc Hollywood (1991) See more »

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Modern noir with a dark twist...
25 July 2000 | by (Michigan USA) – See all my reviews

Brilliant & hallucinatory cinematography, impeccable use of music, and a handful of dark, edgy character sketches all work together very nicely to make this bleak, dark-humoured desert noir an overlooked highlight of Oliver Stone's career. The highly evocative atmosphere plays out against the Arizona desert in a way that (in addition to foreshadowing some of the work done in Terry Gilliam's own twisted little masterpiece 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas') seems to mirror, in a more subtle and tasteful manner, much of Stone's work in 'Natural Born Killers'. However, rather than hitting us over the head with whatever socially charged 'message' he may have been attempting to convey in that film, here he is simply content to let it build up a thick and steamy ambience that moves our hapless comrades on towards their own impending personal apocalypse. Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and Jennifer Lopez all turn in great performances and Billy Bob Thornton's eccentric character sketch elevates what may be defined as a bit part to a far more relevant status. Modern noir with a few dark twists and a taste all it's own that's well worth digging into...for those who have a taste for this kind of thing, if you know what I mean.


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