A to Z Challenge - Day 14 - Natural Born Killers



N Is For Natural Born Killers


Preamble: I'm a sucker for Quentin Tarantino stories and I love Oliver Stone's directorial aesthetic so this movie is the best of both worlds. While it is graphic, I do enjoy the satirical analysis of how the media makes media darlings of serial killers.

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Year: 1994

Rated: R

Summary - A controversial look at the way the media portrays criminals, Natural Born Killers is a movie that tells the story of two young, attractive serial killers who become tabloid-TV darlings, thanks to a sensationalistic press led by Robert Wayne Gale.

Director: Oliver Stone

Screenplay by: David Veloz, Richard Rutowski & Oliver Stone

Story by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring:

  • Woody Harrelson as Mickey Knox
  • Juliette Lewis as Mallory Wilson Knox
  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Wayne Gale
  • Tom Sizemore as Detective Jack Scagnetti
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Warden Dwight McClusky
  • Rodney Dangerfield as Ed Wilson
  • Edie McClurg as Mrs. Wilson
  • Sean Stone as Kevin Wilson
  • Russell Means as Warren Red Cloud, Sr. aka The Navajo Man
  • Lanny Flaherty as Earl
  • Evan Handler as David
  • Balthazar Getty as Gas station attendant
  • Richard Lineback as Sonny
  • Kirk Baltz as Roger
  • Steven Wright as Dr. Emil Reingold
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince as Deputy Warden Kavanaugh
  • Joe Grifasi as Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka
  • Everett Quinton as Deputy Wurlitzer
  • Marshall Bell as Deputy
  • Peter Crombie as Intense cop
  • Grand Bush as Prison Inmate
  • Louis Lombardi as Deputy "Sparky"
  • Dale Dye as Dale Wrigley
  • Corey Everson as Mallory Knox in TV reconstruction
  • O-Lan Jones as Mabel
  • James Gammon (uncredited) as Redneck buddy
  • Mark Harmon (uncredited) as Mickey Knox in TV reconstruction
  • Adrien Brody and David Pasquesi (uncredited) as Gale's cameramen
  • Arliss Howard (uncredited) as Owen Traft, Mickey and Mallory's Guardian angel / The Demon

The Review
This is my favorite Oliver Stone movie hands down. I love the frenetic energy of the movie. I love the little stylistic vignettes this movie gives the audience. This movie isn't for everyone. I really can't say much about this movie because it's such a hard experience to describe. Initially I didn't like this movie but as I grew more familiar with filming techniques I came to really appreciate this movie. It's bloody, graphic and has some highly questionable material but underneath all of that is an interesting story.


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Grade: A


Aces for Acting
  • Robert Downey, Jr.

MVP
  • Tom Sizemore

Favorite Character
  • Red Cloud, Sr.

Best Character Interactions
  • Mickey, Mallory and Red Cloud, Sr.

Best Scene
  • Mickey and Mallory kill Wayne Gale

Notable Quotable
Old Indian: Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, "Why have you done this to me?" And the snake answered, "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."

Most Memorable Moment
  • Mickey and Mallory's wedding
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Did I whet your appetite to watch Natural Born Killers for the first time or maybe just the first time in a long time?

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