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From Dusk Til Dawn (1996 with Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney)

From Dusk Til Dawn

After Desperado, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up in this bizarre movie of literally two halves (road-kill a la Natural Born Killers, vampiric siege a la Night of the Living Dead ) which is trashy, vulgar, in-your-face knowing fun. Tarantino and George Clooney are Seth and Richard Gecko, on the run to Mexico after a very bloody crime spree.

After Richard needlessly murders one hostage, the pair creep aboard the mobile home of the Rev Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), who is looking for a new life with his two children after the death of his wife, and force him to take them over the border. The pair's destination is the Titty Twister, the raunchiest bar on Earth where anything goes, but as the sultry Salma Hayek completes her erotic snake dance by turning into a hideous monster, the blood feast starts and both the criminals and the hostages are forced to fight for their lives, ending up retreating to a small room from where they plan their final stand.

This film is widely regarded as the one that gave Clooney cred after a series of mis-starts in feature films. He is commanding in the central role of the film, holding his own with Keitel, who even seems a little subdued while Tarantino is suitably straightfaced as the demented, psychotic killer. The special effects by Kurtzman, Nicotero and Berger EFX are a treat.

George Clooney as Seth Gecko
Quentin Tarantino as Richard Gecko
Harvey Keitel as Jacob Fuller
Juliette Lewis as Kate Fuller
Ernest Liu as Scott Fuller
Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium
Cheech Marin as Border Guard/Chet Pussy/Carlos
Danny Trejo as Razor Charlie
Tom Savini as Sex Machine
Fred Williamson as Frost
Michael Parks as Texas Ranger
Brenda Hillhouse as Hostage Gloria Hill
John Saxon as FBI Agent
Marc Lawrence as Motel Owner
Kelly Preston as Newscaster Kelly Houge
John Hawkes as Pete Bottoms / Liquor Store Clerk
Tito Larriva as Titty Twister Guitarist & Vocalist
Peter Atanasoff as Titty Twister Saxophonist
Johnny Vatos Hernandez as Titty Twister Drummer
Aimee Graham as Blonde Hostage
Heidi McNeal as Red-headed Hostage
Ernest M. Garcia as Big Emilio
Gregory Nicotero as Sex Machine's Buddy
Cristos as Danny
Mike Moroff as Manny
Tia Texada as Bar Dancer
Janine Jordae as Bar Dancer
Ungela Brockman as Bar Dancer
Michelle Berube as Bar Dancer
Michael McKay as Monster
Jake McKinnon as Monster
Walter Phelan as Monster
Wayne Toth as Monster

Director: Robert Rodriguez

US | 108 minutes | 1996

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