Grindhouse: Death Proof

 (7,194)7.01 h 53 min2007X-RayR
A group of women are stalked by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars for his deadly plans.
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Quentin TarantinoRobert RodriguezEli Roth
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Kurt RussellQuentin TarantinoRose McGowan
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Quentin TarantinoElizabeth AvellanRobert Rodriguez
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
this movie is not a trifle, this movie is a FEAST!
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don't believe the un-hype: this in NOT a lesser Tarantino film. this is not just something he threw together on the side inbetween his REAL films. no, after buying this purely for the sake of completing my collection of Tarantino flicks, this has quickly become one of my very favorites. it bears rewatching extremely well, it's fun, the dialogue (of which there is much) is vintage Tarantino, and the actresses all knock it out of the park.

I like to think of this two entries in a fictional Death Proof franchise. the first half feels like "Deathproof 1", and has the feel of being shot in the late 70's on a shoestring budget. the second half (which thematically quotes the first half throughout, and turns elements of that part on their heads, particularly in it's delightfully cathartic finale) has the feel of having been shot about a decade later, either after they filmmakers scraped together enough cash for a second installment, or perhaps as a final entry in a longer series. it's cleaner, less grainy, a bit more polished, and tonally very different. also, both halves seem to pay particular stylistic homage to Tarantino contemporary, Richard Linklater early films (particularly Slacker).

like me, you were probably "meh, it's okay I guess" when you first saw it. all I can say s watch it again (and again, and again...). it will grow on you.
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Original Toe KneeReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Homage to Grindhouse, but why?
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This movie, beyond everything else is an important homage to the STUNT people who seem to still not be recognized or given their fair due. Incredibly dangerous REAL dangerous stunts were accomplished to create this film. I certainly really want to call it a masterpiece, but I hesitate simply because I question the gratuitous violence of the the Grindhouse Genre. I attempted to watch this movie years ago, and bailed on it for those reasons... but this time, I purchased it via Amazon Prime and stuck it out to the end. I am glad I did! In a sense, I now understand that this is an IMPORTANT film in the catalogue of Quentin Tarantino. I believe it was/is necessary for his process to make this film. I understand it therefore in THAT context. It is obvious, by now, that Tarantino has created more than a few masterpieces. That list would not be complete without one of these. I do not give plot overviews in my reviews. I do not understand the reason to give plot details. In my world, a film should be viewed pristine and clean without any expectation of how it will unfold, that's how I enjoy films. Once I have a sense that a movie is going to be important as a viewing experience, I step away from any of the promotional interviews, I simply shut off such things until I have experienced the film. This one is deceptive, it creeps up on you. Like many of Tarantino's films it seems to be going in a certain direction, then veers off to another, and sometimes even further and you get the surprise. This is the case, with this one. I can say for certain that it is an incredible work of art, yet I cannot give it 5 stars because I just can't give Grindhouse films 5 stars. Where I am headed, after a night of sleep is to watch my all time favorite, Jacki Brown. The depth of "Jackie Brown" and it's subtlety of character moved me in a very deep way many years ago, and I need to view it again so that I can be refreshed in memory of all his work; then go back and finish the documentary on Tarantino "QT8" . "QT8" is a must-see documentary for all filmmakers and movie fans, and I also highly recommend the documentary on "From Dusk til Dawn" filmed by a crew of women shining a light on the ensemble filmmaking experience of Tarantino/Rodriquez et-al (cast, crew, craft service, production crew). I am a filmmaker, but never completed the journey into dramatic work simply because I question the arrogance I feel I have about filmmaking, I just don't want to take up other people's precious time. Now that I am re-visiting the life work of Tarantino, perhaps I will finalize a few of my scripts and maybe I understand the escapism of movies again. Lord knows I have gotten through many a hard time by viewing numerous films in a row. I think Tarantino is demonstrating the importance of this pastime for me again. 30 years ago, I would have gotten a big kick out of "DEATHProof", this evening, I enjoyed it MORE than I expected to, but for reasons that I didn't expect... Especially, as I say, in the context of Grindhouse cinema which was/is an important phase of movie-making history. When I was a kid, I worked at a small movie theater in a small midwestern town, I projected the films, sold pop-corn, sold tickets, cleaned the place... did it all over a period of two years. I was super jazzed doing that job... and upon reflection, I guess I didn't realize that every so often a Grindhouse movie would sneak into the roster, but many of the films were so cheezey/simplistic with the "hero savior" being a male and I sometimes felt embarrassed by the simple plots, and sorry for the female actors. This one gives the women a good shot of shining and I enjoy that aspect of this film especially for this reason. Obviously it was a major reason that Tarantino made it. .... AND ALSO especially the stunt people who helped create this, they certainly risked their lives... I am amazed no one died making this.
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JuRoReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of Tarantino's best films
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People tend to do their best work when they don't take themselves too seriously, and this film is a perfect example of that. Though it flopped when it came out, I think this is one of the best Tarantino flicks, if not THE best. I will definitely place it higher than Inglorious, Hateful 8, Django, Jackie Brown, for sure. All of Tarantino's best qualities are on full display here, plus being a Grindhouse feature, he takes more risks with purposefully bad editing, over the top characters, great music, and one extremely satisfying ending. Seriously, if you're a fan of entertaining films, just watch this one.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Took me about 10 times watching this to finally appreciate it
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Death Proof was part of a dual project between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez where they would each create their own exploitation film and put them out together as a double feature. I used to hate Tarantino’s half. I thought he got lost in his dialogue and should have edited it way down. Watching it for about the tenth time I finally started to appreciate it.

Here’s the positives. Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike who kills women with his car. He’s got a great hairdo, a big scar on his face and acts just creepy enough. Second, the soundtrack is outstanding featuring a number of old Soul and Rock tunes. Third, Russell is in a bar talking to Rose McGowan and some other women at the bar about his career. He goes through a long list of TV shows he worked on and then asks if they know any of them. They say no and Russell looks so defeated. There are also tie ins with Kill Bill and Rodriguez’s movie Planet Terror. Next is when Russell goes in for the kill. It’s something to see. Finally, the movie ends with some girl revenge which is always good to see.

The main drawback as mentioned above is the dialogue. It is just so self-indulgent.

Overall the fact that I had to watch this movie so many times to finally like it means it will be hit and miss with others. Some like Tarantino’s writing and others will be turned off by it.
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Todd7Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Film Is Icy Hot!
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Death Proof (2007) is considered Quentin Tarantino's weakest film, but even Tarantino's worst is a lot of other directors' best. This film pays homage to the muscle car films of decades past, so much so that the picture is often grainy to depict the lower quality of those films. Kurt Russell stars as a stuntman who kills people with his "death proof" car. Supporting cast members (the young ladies in particular) sort of steal the show, with their cohesiveness, charm, and sexiness. A thrilling car chase is the highlight of this film, which seems to go on forever (but that's good). This film is a lot of fun, and the dialogue is memorable, as each actor sort of gets their turn at a one-liner. Russell is a believable villain, and really exhibits toughness, grit and gruff, but in the end, he's no match for the girls! Death Proof is a solid Tarantino offering that manages to invigorate open-minded audiences. The blu ray is solid, with some cool special features. If you're a Tarantino fan, then collect all of his films, as this one can't be ignored, despite the 'lower' ratings.
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WALTReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN A FILM LIKE THIS, PHENOMENAL
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NO SPOILERS. WHEN QUENTIN TARANTINO DECIDES TO MAKE AN ACTION MOVIE WITH PLENTY OF VIOLENCE, WATCH OUT. AS A REMINDER
THIS CONTAINS EXTREME VIOLENCE AND PROFANITY THROUGHOUT. HAVING SAID THAT, THERE IS A SECOND FILM THAT IS USUALLY
ATTACHED TO THIS. IT IS CALLED DEATH PLANET. TRY TO CATCH IT IN THE FUTURE. AS BOTH FILMS ARE TWO HOURS, PRIME IN ITS WISDOM
PERHAPS DECIDED TO SHOW THEM SEPARATELY. IN OUR FILM, WHICH STARS THE GREAT LEGEND, I.E. KURT RUSSELL, HE PLAYS A RATHER
SOCIOPATHIC OR EVEN PSYCHOTIC RACE CAR DRIVER WHO ENJOYS ATTACKING WOMEN. WHEN AT FIRST HE IS ASKED FOR A RIDE BY
A YOUNG LADY, HE AGREES TO HER REQUEST, BUT PLACES HER IN THE PASSENGER SEAT WITH NO REAL PROTECTION. YOU WILL SEE THE
MANIC RESULT OF THIS. A LAWMAN, MICHAEL PARKS, REALIZES THIS WAS VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, AND COMMENTS IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN
AGAIN IN TEXAS. SWITCH TO A YEAR LATER IN TENNESSEE, WHERE OUR VILLAIN DECIDES TO PURSUE THREE ATTRACTIVE FEMALES AGAIN.
WHAT HE DOES NOT KNOW IS HE HAS SELECTED THREE PROFESSIONAL STUNT WOMEN, AND HE IS IN FOR SOME AMAZING TROUBLE.
THIS IS A CULT FILM THAT TARANTINO HAS CREATED. ENJOY AND FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS.
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Bob EvansReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unsung Tarantino Materpiece.
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I love this film. Kurt Russell's performance is simply magnetic. This stand alone film seems to have some small bits and pieces that were omitted (probably for run time) when part of the full Grindhouse movie, but they really enhanced the story a lot. Some of the dialog is simply brilliant, particularly Kurt Russell's lines which he delivers perfectly. Stuntman Mike is a really an interesting character. It would be interesting to see what his back story is, how he became a maniac. This is a movie that contemplates murder and motivation from a angle seldom seen in films. It's not some guy in a mask running around with an axe or a big knife, its more diabolical, subtle yet completely over the top at the same time. Stuntman Mike weaponizes his cars and his stuntman skills to commit mass murder. It's very clever. I love the cars, though I hate to see these classics get wrecked. I'm hoping they pulled some wrecks out of a boneyard and rebuilt them and didn't trash these beauties. Anyway, great film. Some seem to think this is Tarantino's "weak" film. Man, I disagree.
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Craig OwensReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarantino's Thrill Ride
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While "Death Proof" isn't on the same level as "Pulp Fiction," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," or even "Jackie Brown," it is one of his better films. This expanded, stand-alone version of the original Grindhouse double-feature adds about 20 minutes more to Death Proof. While the extra footage doesn't hurt the film, it does loosen the plot a little more. I love Tarantino's stylistic touches with his use of jump cuts, bad splices, and color shifts as the film pays tribute to B movies, shooting on film (as opposed to digital shooting), the 1970s, actual car chases, and stuntpeople. If memory serves correctly, because Tarantino insisted on operating the camera himself throughout much of the filming, IATSE Local 600 (the International Cinematographers Guild) required him to join the union as a cinematographer. This is a rare move for a director to make but the results pay off in an exciting, boozy, and violent thrill ride with a hilarious ending.
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