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Kalifornia (1993)

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A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

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Dominic Sena

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Stephen Levy (story), Tim Metcalfe (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Early Grayce
Kathy Larson Kathy Larson ... Teenage Girl (as Catherine Larson)
David Milford David Milford ... Driver
David Duchovny ... Brian Kessler
John Zarchen ... Peter
David Rose David Rose ... Eric
Michelle Forbes ... Carrie Laughlin
Tommy Chappelle Tommy Chappelle ... Old Man
Juliette Lewis ... Adele Corners
Judson Vaughn ... Parole Officer
James Michael McDougal James Michael McDougal ... John Diebold (as J. Michael McDougal)
Patricia Sill Patricia Sill ... Carol
Brett Rice ... Police Officer
Marisa Raper Marisa Raper ... Little Girl
Bill Crabb Bill Crabb ... Middle Aged Farmer (as Bill Crabbe)
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Storyline

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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A state of fear and terror See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Калифорния See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,395,231
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second of two films in which Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis co-starred together and played a criminal couple. The first was the TV film Too Young to Die? (1990). They started dating while shooting "Too Young to Die?" in 1989, when Lewis was 16 years old and Pitt was 26. The relationship ended in 1993, shortly after "Kalifornia" was released. Director Dominic Sena didn't know that Lewis and Pitt were a couple when he cast them. He was looking for someone to play Adele when he saw Lewis in "Too Young to Die?", and immediately wanted her for his film. While searching for an actor to play Early Grayce, Sena noticed Pitt in "Thelma & Louise". See more »

Goofs

When Brian and Carrie visit the murder scene, Carrie's Nikon clearly has a motor drive, and we hear the sound of it advancing the film, but we also see her manually advancing the film. See more »

Quotes

Brian Kessler: [narrating] Early seemed harmless. Primitive, but harmless. Of course, the fact of the matter was that he'd killed his landlord less than an hour before we met him. He was even wearing the guy's ring. Who knows what he did with the finger.
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Alternate Versions

European release and US video/laserdisc unrated versions feature about one minute of additional violent footage not present in US theatrical R-rated version. Unrated version of sex scene between Brian and Carrie is slightly longer and more explicit than the R rated version. See more »

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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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Seven Days
Written and Performed by Hugh Harris
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Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Haunting
10 May 1999 | by Adrian-32See all my reviews

"Kalifornia" is one of my all-time favourite movies, and it easily could be labeled as one of the best psychological thrillers of the 90`s. The film has a very stylish surface to it, but behind that are a lot of disturbing and honest depictions of homicidal maniacs and the terrifyng violence they inflict upon others. One of the film`s strongest aspects is it`s performances, Brad Pitt is startlingly great as a trailer-trash psycho named Early. Pitt potrays his frightening character almost flawlessly. Juliette Lewis is equally as good playing his naive girlfriend, her innocence is almost heart-breaking. "Kalifornia" has a very simple plot to it, that goes steadily and slowly forward for about an hour, but it suddenly plunges into a harrowing spree of murder, as Pitt unleashes his psychotic personality. There are alot of shocking scenes, and it all mounts to a power-house climax that will haunt you for days. "Kalifonia" is a film that should really be watched for it`s intense look at how monstrous a human being can be, and not only for it`s violence and gore.


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