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Death Proof (2007)

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Action, Adventure, Thriller |

Death Proof is a American exploitation thriller film written, directed and shot by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who murders young women in staged car accidents using his “death-proof” stunt car. It co-stars Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with stuntwoman Zoë Bell as herself. The film pays homage to the slasher, exploitation and muscle car films of the 1970s.

Death Proof was released theatrically in the United States as part of a double feature with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror under the collective title Grindhouse, to recreate the experience of viewing exploitation film double features in a “grindhouse” theater. The films were released separately outside the United States and on DVD, with Death Proof going on sale in the U.S. on September 18, 2007. The film was in the main competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Three friends, Arlene, Shanna and radio DJ “Jungle” Julia Lucai, drive down Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, on their way to celebrate Julia’s birthday. In a bar, Julia reveals that she made a radio announcement offering a free lap dance from Arlene in return for addressing her as “Butterfly,” buying her a drink, and reciting a segment of the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Aging Hollywood stunt double Mike McKay trails the women to a bar and claims the lap dance. Arlene is suspicious, having seen Mike’s car earlier that day, but he convinces her to give him the lap dance.

The women prepare to depart with Lanna, another friend. Pam, Julia’s old classmate, accepts Mike’s offer of a ride home. Mike takes Pam to his Hollywood stunt car rigged with a roll cage and tells her the car is “death proof,” but only for the driver. He speeds and slams on the brakes, smashing Pam’s skull on the dashboard, killing her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms

Cast:

Kurt RussellStuntman Mike
Zoë BellZoë Bell
Rosario DawsonAbernathy
Vanessa FerlitoArlene
Sydney Tamiia PoitierJungle Julia (as Sydney Poitier)
Tracie ThomsKim
Rose McGowanPam
Jordan LaddShanna
Mary Elizabeth WinsteadLee
Quentin TarantinoWarren
Marcy HarriellMarcy
Eli RothDov
Omar DoomNate
Michael BacallOmar
Monica StaggsLanna Frank
Jonathan LoughranJasper
Marta MendozaPunky Bruiser
Tim MurphyTim the Bartender
Melissa ArcaroVenus Envy
Michael ParksEarl McGraw
James ParksEdgar McGraw
Marley SheltonDr. Dakota Block – McGraw
Nicky KattCounter Guy
Electra AvellanBabysitter Twin #1 (as Electra Avellán)
Elise AvellanBabysitter Twin #2 (as Elise Avellán)
Helen KimPeg
Tina RodriguezJuana
Eurlyne EpperLanna Frank Friend #1
Jamie L. DunnoLanna Frank Friend #2
Manuel CantuBar Patron (uncredited)
Chris KingExtra (uncredited)
April MarchApril March (uncredited)
Darryl K. PhippsRestaurant Patron (uncredited)
Julitta PourciauBusiness Class Passenger (uncredited)
Amanda RivasNurse (uncredited)
Kelley RobinsLaquanda (uncredited)
Violet Saenz-ArochaRestaurant Patron (uncredited)
Gary TeagueBusinessman (uncredited)
Angela WareWaitress at Guero’s (uncredited)
Steven A. WebbCollege Player-Barroom (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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