Archive of films Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof / Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof
2007, 114 min
Section: Midnight Screenings
Stuntman Mike is a psychopath with every fibre of his being. He ploughs through the streets of the American South in his souped up car killing sexy girls. He bumps off four at once in Texas and gets away with it. In Tennessee however he picks out tougher victims: he could never have guessed that these beauties would be in the same line of work¨.
The Grindhouse project consists of two feature-length films by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. It ties in with the popular tradition in the USA in the 1970s of screening B movies on double bills. Unfortunately the Grindhouse films are to be released separately in the Czech Republic. Tarantino’s part, Death Proof, brings to the screen the character of psychopath Stuntman Mike, played by the somewhat neglected legend of 1980s action films, Kurt Russell. Mike can only be sexually aroused by killing young girls with his souped up Dodge. One night in Texas, Jungle Julia, the best DJ far and wide, catches his eye. After Stuntman Mike kills her and her friends he spends some time in the hospital, but nobody stops him from continuing his cross-country rampage. He goes on to Tennessee where another four unsuspecting girls come under his line of fire. But what Stuntman Mike doesn’t know is that a couple of them can drive a Dodge even better than him.
About the director
Quentin Tarantino (b. 1963, Knoxville, USA) prepared for his status as one of the most important American directors of the 1990’s by watching samurai serials on television, working as a bouncer in a porn cinema, and studying film history on his own while employed in a video rental store. He debuted with the controversial gangster film Reservoir Dogs (1992). After that he made Pulp Fiction (1994), which was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes and became one of the paramount works of cinematic post-modernism thanks to its blend of genres and pop-culture references. This was followed by an episode in the anthology film Four Rooms (1995), the crime film Jackie Brown (1997), and the two-part kung-fu homage Kill Bill (2003 and 2004). Since making his part of the double feature Grindhouse Tarantino has returned to a long-postponed project, Inglorious Bastards, which takes place during the Second World War.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Dir. of Photography:||Quentin Tarantino|
|Producer:||Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez, Erica Steinberg, Quentin Tarantino|
|Production:||Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios|
|Cast:||Kurt Russell, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rosario Dawson, Eli Roth, Rose McGowan, Quentin Tarantino|
|Contact:||Palace Pictures, A-Company Film Licensing International|
|Distributor:||A-Company Film Licensing International|
Alexander van Dülmen