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From Dusk Till Dawn

A 1996 action-horror-comedy film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Kurtzman.

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Slow Build Up to Terrific Ending

  • Apr 8, 2006
From Dusk to Dawn is a really fun movie. At first it starts out as one of those types of movies that barely holds my interest- George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino are bank robbers on the run with a hostage. They shoot an Abilene Texas Ranger and a convenience store operator and end up at a sleazy hotel with their hostage where they run into Harvey Keitel, a preacher who has lost his faith upon the death of his wife and is taking his kids to a new life in their motor home.

At first things are very slow, but I should know better than to take a Quentin Tarantino film at face value. After a while you realize that the character played by Tarantino is two tacos short a platter and that George Clooney is one of those nice criminals who doesn't really want to hurt anybody. He tries to keep control of his brother, but that becomes increasingly difficult as Tarantino rapes and kills the bank hostage and then turns his sights on Keitel's teen age daughter (a strong performance by Juliette Lewis), who he believes is coming on to him.

Clooney decides that the best way to get over the border is to take over the motor home and hold Keitel and the two kids hostage. Once over the border, they stop at a trucker/biker strip joint where Clooney is supposed to meet a friend who will help him disappear in Mexico with his loot.

Suddenly things get really interesting and the action moves fast with lots of gore, goo and splattring. It turns out that the bar is actually a hang out for vampires who lure truckers and bikers in and then feast off of their blood. Clooney and company are trapped in the bar until sunrise. (Hence the title of the movie.)

There's lots of humor, some subtle and some in your face throughout this film and the character development and the relationship that develops between Keitel's family and Clooney is quite believable. There are also several marvelously funny moments with Cheech Marin in multiple roles.

This film is not appropriate for kids below high school age because of strong language, sexual violence, graphic violence and nudity. But for everyone else, it's a fun romp with the vampires!

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Director: Robert Rodriguez
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: January 19, 1996
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
DVD Release Date: June 17, 1998
Runtime: 10b minutes
Studio: Dimension Films
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