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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Monday 16th September 2019

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pit, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Rafal Zawierucha
Quentin Tarantino
David Heyman, David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2 hours 41 minutes
29/07/2019

With Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino continues to evolve and to surprise audiences. While the movie has all of the hallmarks of a Tarantino film - a wholly original story, with fresh characters, presented with bravura technique - his ninth film also breaks new ground for the writer-director. It is a character-driven story, dealing with mature issues of unfulfilled expectations that inevitably confront us all as we age, and ultimately, at its heart, is the story of a friendship. In Hollywood, this struggle is particularly dramatic, as success and failure live side by side. In Once Upon a Time., they do so literally as well as figuratively.

Uniting two of today's greatest stars in a first-ever pairing and recreating an entire lost era, the film is big cinema made for the big screen. Even as sequels and superheroes continue to deserve a place in cinematic history, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood offers a truly original cinematic experience.

Set in 1969, Tarantino recreates the time and place of his formative years, when everything - the United States, the city of Los Angeles, the Hollywood star system, even the movies themselves - was at an inflection point, and no one knew where the pieces would land. All this is not entirely dissimilar from the changes buffeting Hollywood today.

At the center is Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Rick had been the star of "Bounty Law," a hit television series in the 50s and early 60s, but his prophesied transition to motion picture stardom never materialised. Now, as Hollywood moves towards a new aesthetic, Rick worries that his time has passed - and wonders if there's still a chance for him. "Rick Dalton is a byproduct of the 50s - the 1950s pompadour hero - but now there's a new era and this train has passed him by," says DiCaprio. "Working with Quentin, we saw Rick Dalton's story as a journey of an immense lack of confidence - his inability to be thankful for the position that he's in and what he's already gotten. He's constantly yearning for something more."

At Rick's side is Cliff Booth, a former war hero, now Rick's stunt double, played by Brad Pitt. As their careers have evolved and their struggles increased, the one constant for them has been each other. Cliff has proven his loyalty to Rick over and over again, and vice versa - they are the only true family that either has. "Our characters are based on an actor-stuntman relationship - spending entire careers together was much more prevalent at that time," says Pitt. "We talked about Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins, who were a strong team with The Great Escape, and we talked about Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham. In fact, we got to talk to Burt about that, which was a real joy. There was just a tighter bond between the two - where we're more transitory in that way today. Cliff and Rick really rely on each other. The down time is more grueling than the actual work at times, so to have a friend, to have a partner, was all-important. It's even all-important now."

Surrounding DiCaprio and Pitt on Rick and Cliff's journey are a mix of real and fictional characters played by a who's who of today's most acclaimed actors: Al Pacino as Marvin Schwarzs, an emeritus agent selling the virtues of Italian westerns, Kurt Russell as Randy, a stunt coordinator, Dakota Fanning as the Manson family member Squeaky, and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the idealised ingenue who just happens to be Rick's neighbour. She is married to Roman Polanski, whose film Rosemary's Baby has made him the hottest director in town; they're on every party list, living the high life.

Robbie says: "Rick Dalton lives next door to Roman and Sharon, and we're just out of reach. All the things he thinks he wants - the real inner circle of Hollywood, all the glamour that comes with it - is so close and yet so far."

For Tarantino, this set of characters was not only fascinating in their own right, but equally interesting because they represent three class levels of Hollywood. "In this town, these people can all exist right next to each other," says Tarantino. "The idea of exploring that time, and that era of Los Angeles, and that era of Hollywood, with these different strata - that's what attracted me."

The milieu also has personal resonance for Tarantino. "This movie is in part a memory piece," he says. "I lived in Los Angeles County - Alhambra - in 1969. I remember what was at the movies, what was on TV, network and local; I remember the kid host at the time, I remember Seymour was the horror movie host at the time. I remember KHJ radio playing all the time - I remember how people listened to radio in their car: you didn't move it around, looking for this song versus that song; you had one station that you listened to, you played the radio at full blast, and you didn't turn it down when the commercials came on, you just talked over the radio. Part of the fun of it was wracking my brain, triggering my memory, and remembering what it was like."

"This is a unique film in Quentin's body of work, and it is his most emotional," says producer David Heyman. "In a way, he's looking back on his influences and the movies he loved, the period he was growing up in, and what helped shape him - a love letter to a bygone Hollywood. But I found the script so moving. Yes, it was funny. Yes, it was thrilling. Still, at its heart, it's a really tender story about a friendship."

"Part of what makes the film so special is to watch Leo and Brad work off of each other," adds producer Shannon McIntosh, who has worked with Tarantino in several capacities for decades. "They're both fully inhabiting these characters, bringing them to life in a way that leaves you feeling like they are family. For those of us who love making movies, it hits close to home, because ultimately that's what we love about it: working with these people and forging these lifelong bonds."

Films about such bonds, and the opportunity for "Butch and Sundance type" casting they afford, are rare in the modern system, so both parts needed to be strong. "I tried a couple of different stories, and then I decided no, I don't want to put them through some typical melodramatic plot line," says Tarantino. "I want it to be three rich days in the lives of these characters as they move about Los Angeles, and the conflict of the story builds each day until it reaches a tipping point."

Leonardo DiCaprio is an Academy Award® award-winning actor (and five-time nominee), who has been recognised for his work as an actor, producer, and activist.

DiCaprio most recently produced and starred in National Geographic's climate-change documentary Before The Flood, which has reached more than 60 million viewers worldwide. In DiCaprio's role in The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, he received the Academy Award (2016) for Best Actor in a Leading Role, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and the Critics' Choice Awards for Best Actor.

Previously, he worked with Netflix to release Virunga, an Oscar-nominated documentary that examines gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park. DiCaprio produced and starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese, for which he received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Picture from his role as a producer. Prior to The Wolf of Wall Street, he starred in the blockbuster hit The Great Gatsby as well as Django Unchained, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. As the title role in J. Edgar, under the direction of Clint Eastwood, he received Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for his work in the film. Additionally, he starred in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Inception, and the dramatic thriller Shutter Island, which marked his fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese.

Before earning two Academy Award® nominations for The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio earned an Oscar® nod in 2007 for his performance in Edward Zwick's drama, Blood Diamond. He also received Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for his work in the film. That same year, he garnered Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award and SAG Award nominations for his role in the Oscar®-winning Best Picture The Departed, directed by Scorsese. He also took part in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as a member of the ensemble cast of The Departed.

He previously earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Scorsese's acclaimed 2004 biopic The Aviator. DiCaprio's portrayal of Howard Hughes in that film also brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as Critics' Choice and BAFTA Award nominations. He was also honored with two SAG Award nominations, one for Best Actor and another for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as part of the Aviator cast. In addition to his acting work, DiCaprio launched his own production company, Appian Way. Under the Appian Way banner, he wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally themed documentary, The 11th Hour. Among Appian Way's other productions are the aforementioned Shutter Island and The Aviator, as well as The Ides of March, Red Riding Hood, Orphan, Public Enemies, Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, Runner, Runner, starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, and Dennis Lehane's critically acclaimed novel Live By Night, written, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck.

Born in Hollywood, California, DiCaprio started acting at the age of 14. His breakthrough feature film role came in Michael Caton-Jones' 1993 screen adaptation of Tobias Wolff's autobiographical drama This Boy's Life. That same year, he co-starred in Lasse Hallström's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, earning his first Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his performance as a mentally handicapped young man. In addition, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's New Generation Award for his work in the film.

In 1995, DiCaprio had starring roles in three very different films, beginning with Sam Raimi's Western, The Quick and the Dead. He also garnered praise for his performance as drug addict Jim Carroll in the harrowing drama The Basketball Diaries, and for his portrayal of disturbed pansexual poet Arthur Rimbaud in Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse. The following year, DiCaprio starred in Baz Luhrmann's contemporary screen adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. He also joined an all-star ensemble cast in Marvin's Room, sharing in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance.

In 1997 DiCaprio starred opposite Kate Winslet in the blockbuster Titanic, for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. The film shattered every box-office record on its way to winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. His subsequent film work includes dual roles in The Man in the Iron Mask; The Beach; Woody Allen's Celebrity; Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (receiving a Golden Globe nomination); Gangs of New York (his first film for director Martin Scorsese); Ridley Scott's Body of Lies; and Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, which reunited DiCaprio with Winslet and brought him his seventh Golden Globe nomination.

DiCaprio is well known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale, producing creative projects such as the documentary, The 11th Hour, spearheading numerous public awareness campaigns, and launching The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which has donated over $100 million to environmental causes to date. He also worked with Netflix to produce the Academy Award®-nominated Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. Appian is in partnership with Netflix on several additional documentaries, including the critically acclaimed Struggle, The Ivory Game, How to Change the World, Catching the Sun, and the documentary series Fire Chasers. Last year Appian also produced the critically acclaimed documentary series Frontiersmen as a sequel to the Men Who Built America for the History Channel, Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle for AMC/Sundance and currently is in production on a multi-part documentary series about Ulysses S. Grant, also for History Channel. Appian also partnered with National Geographic Before the Flood, and Sea Of Shadows, which is due out late 2019.

In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace for his longstanding commitment to environmental activism. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history's largest climate march in New York City, and powerfully addressed the UN Summit. DiCaprio also serves on the boards of, Natural Resources Defense Council, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

In January 2016 DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his work bringing global attention to the urgent need to address climate change.

Brad Pitt one of today's strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful film producer with his company Plan B Entertainment.

In the past few years, Pitt won an Academy Award® as a producer of 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen (the film also won Oscars® for screenwriter John Ridley and supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o), led a five-man tank crew in David Ayer's World War II epic Fury, starred and produced By the Sea, played a supporting role in The Big Short, and the lead in War Machine, a provocative satirical comedy from David Michod for Netflix, both of which he also produced with his Plan B shingle. In 2016, Pitt starred opposite Marion Cotillard Robert Zemeckis' Allied. He will next be seen in James Gray's Ad Astra.

In 2013, Pitt starred and produced one of the year's top ten grossing movies, World War Z for Paramount. Following Z, Pitt played a supporting role in Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor directed by Ridley Scott as well as Andrew Dominik's Cogan's Trade. This is the second time Pitt has starred and produced a Dominik film, the first being The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, for which he was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. In 2011, Brad gave two of his most complex and nuanced performances in Bennett Miller's Moneyball and Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, films he also produced. Brad won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for both roles. Additionally, Brad was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award® for his work in Moneyball. The movie also received an Academy Award® Best Picture nomination. Tree of Life won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards® as well. In previous years, Brad was an Academy Award® nominee for his performance in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in Edward Zwick's Legends of the Fall and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel.

In 2009, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds as Lt. Aldo Raine; and appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy thriller Burn After Reading. Opposite George Clooney, his Burn After Reading co-star, he also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's hits Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

It was Mr. Pitt's role in Ridley Scott's Academy Award®-winning Thelma and Louise that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford's Academy Award®-winning A River Runs Through It, Dominic Sena's Kalifornia and Tony Scott's True Romance. Pitt also received critical acclaim for his performances in the two David Fincher films: Se7en and Fight Club. His other films include Doug Liman's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which was one of 2005's biggest hits and Guy Ritchie's Snatch.

Pitt's Plan B Entertainment has been responsible for producing numerous award-winning and commercially successful films including The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, The Normal Heart, Selma, 2017's Academy Award®-winning Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, The Big Short directed by Adam McKay, Selma directed by Ava Duvernay, and 2014's Academy Award® winning 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen. Other recent productions include Okja directed by Bong Joon-ho, The Lost City of Z directed by James Gray, and David Michod's War Machine. Plan B is currently in production on Barry Jenkins' film If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay's Cheney for Annapurna, and on the television project Sweetbitter for Starz. Plan B is also in post-production on two feature films - the upcoming Beautiful Boy directed by Felix van Groeningen and starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, and James Gray's Ad Astra.

Margot Robbie is a talented actress who has captivated global audiences with breakout performances alongside some of the most notable names in film. Continually evolving her diverse body of work, Robbie brings gripping narratives to life in coveted roles that speak to her powerful on-screen presence.

Robbie most recently wrapped production on the Harley Quinn spin-off, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). She is producing and starring in the film. Warner Brothers is set to release the film in February 2020.

Robbie can next be seen in Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's 1930s Dust Bowl drama Dreamland, which her production company LuckyChap Entertainment produced along with Automatik. Robbie stars in the film, which follows a 15-year-old boy who beats out the FBI and local police to find and capture a fugitive bank robber (Robbie), only to learn that she's far more than what authorities claim her to be. Dreamland debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.

In December 2019, Margot will be seen in the Untitled Roger Ailes film alongside Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman. Lionsgate is set to release the film.

Margot was recently be seen in Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots, which was released by Focus Features on December 7th,, 2018. She plays Queen Elizabeth opposite Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart. The Focus Features project will take on the historic rivalry between cousins Elizabeth and Mary, when the latter attempted to overthrow Elizabeth's seat on the English throne. She received SAG and BAFTA nominations for her performance.

In 2018, Margot starred in Terminal, a film she produced under her LuckyChap banner, which was released in May 2018. She also lent her voice to Sony Pictures' live action/animation hybrid, Peter Rabbit, which was released February 9, 2018.

Mattel and Warner Brothers recently announced Robbie will star in the live-action Barbie. She will also produce the film under her LuckyChap banner.

Robbie starred in I, Tonya, as the titled character, Tonya Harding. She also served as a producer on the film under her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment and received an Oscar® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, and a SAG nomination for her performance. The film tells the controversial story of Olympic figure skater, Tonya Harding, who infamously conspired to have her competition, Nancy Kerrigan, injured before the 1994 Winter Olympics. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Neon December 8, 2017.

In 2017, Robbie played Daphne in Simon Curtis' Goodbye Christopher Robin alongside Domhnall Gleeson. The film tells the story of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne (Gleeson) and his wife, Daphne (Robbie). FOX Searchlight released the film on October 13, 2017.

Robbie has numerous film and television development projects under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, all of which correspond to her objective of telling stories with strong female characters, the four most-notable being: Dollface (TV), Barbed Wire Heart, Bad Monkeys, and The Paper Bag Princess.

LuckyChap most recently announced the period musical Big Gay Jamboree, which they will produce at Paramount. The musical follows a young, raunchy woman who is transported into a 1940s musical and must find her way back home to present day.

Bad Monkeys, based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, centers around Jane Charlotte, who lands herself in the Las Vegas Clark County Detention Center after she is arrested for murder. Jane claims she works for a secret organization, the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, also known as "Bad Monkeys". Universal Pictures optioned the rights to the psychological thriller to be adapted by Dylan Clark, with Robbie as a producer and Josey McNamara as executive producer.

LuckyChap Entertainment is producing Fierce Kingdom alongside Warner Bros. and Di Novi Pictures. The film, based on the Gin Phillips thriller novel, Beautiful Things, focuses on a mother and son trapped in a zoo with a gunman on the loose.

Additionally, LuckyChap will produce Marian alongside Donald De Line and Amy Pascal. Robbie is set to star as Maid Marian, who picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war after the love of her life, Robin Hood, dies.

Finally, LuckyChap is producing The Paper Bag Princess alongside Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions, Bryan Unkeless' Clubhouse Pictures and Dan Krech. Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the bestselling children's book of the same name.

Robbie appeared in Warner Bros' Suicide Squad, playing the coveted role of "Harley Quinn" opposite Jared Leto, Will Smith, and Viola Davis. Robbie's portrayal of Quinn is the first time the villainous, fan-favourite, comic book character was revealed on the big screen. The film, directed by David Ayer, was released August 5, 2016 and currently ranks 9th in 2016 worldwide gross box office with more than $745,600,000 million. Robbie also portrayed the legendary classic character "Jane Porter" in David Yates' The Legend of Tarzan, opposite Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz. The action-adventure Warner Bros film was released on July 1, 2016 and grossed more than $356,700,000 million worldwide.

Robbie's breakout role came in 2013 in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street in which she stars as the female lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort, the film tells the story of a New York penny stockbroker (DiCaprio) who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world, and mob infiltration. Starring as DiCaprio's wife in the film, Robbie is joined by an all-star cast of actors including Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau and Kyle Chandler.

Additional film credits include: Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opposite Tina Fey; Roadside Attraction's Z for Zachariah opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Warner Bros' Focus, opposite Will Smith; Suite Française alongside Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts; and About Time opposite Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson.

Robbie made her U.S. debut in the critically acclaimed ABC series, Pan Am, in 2011. The period drama depicted the lives of the pilots and stewardesses who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly. Robbie starred as Laura, a runaway bride, who fled a life of domestic boredom to take to the skies. The series was created by Jack Orman (ER, Men of a Certain Age), and also starred Christina Ricci.

In Australia, Robbie is most recognised for her role as Donna Freedman on the television soap opera Neighbours which chronicled the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street in the fictional Australian suburb of Erinsborough. Her role garnered her two Logie Award nominations for Most Popular New Female Talent and Most Popular Actress.

Born in Australia, Robbie grew up on the Gold Coast and eventually moved to Melbourne where she began acting professionally at the age of 17. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

With his vibrant imagination and dedication to richly layered storytelling Quentin Tarantino (Writer/Director/Producer) has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation.

Tarantino's The Hateful Eight received many awards, including Ennio Morricone's only Oscar® along with Golden Globes, BAFTA and ASCAP wins for the composer; while Tarantino was nominated by BAFTA and the Golden Globes for his screenplay, Jennifer Jason Leigh by the Academy and BAFTA for supporting actress and Robert Richardson by the Academy for his Ultra Panavision 70MM cinematography. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Damián Bechir, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen, the film is set in Wyoming in the 1870s as a blizzard overtakes eight travelers in a stagecoach lodge who come to realise that they might not make it to their destination after all. The film debuted worldwide in approximately 100 theaters retrofitted with 70MM anamorphic film projectors screening exclusive 182-minute roadshow prints complete with an overture, intermission and printed programs. Most recently a special four-chapter extended version curated by Tarantino became available on Netflix.

Tarantino won his second Oscar® for Best Screenplay for Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz (in his second Academy Award®-winning role), Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Walton Goggins. Set in the Antebellum South, Django Unchained chronicles a freed slave's search for his long-lost wife. Django Unchained was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards (with wins for Waltz and Tarantino for Best Screenplay), five BAFTAS (again, with wins for Tarantino and Waltz and editor Fred Raskin) and five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino's World War II epic, assembled a renowned international cast, including Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Melanie Laurent, Til Schweiger, Mike Myers and Christoph Waltz, who won an Academy Award® for his portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa. First shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Inglourious Basterds was a critical and box office sensation, garnering numerous awards, including six BAFTA nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Achievement in Directing. Prior to Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino thrilled audiences with Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell and Zoë Bell. Paired domestically with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror on a double bill called Grindhouse, Death Proof was shown in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

In Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman, as The Bride, enacted a "roaring rampage of revenge" on her former lover and boss, played by David Carradine. Shot in China, Japan, the United States and Mexico, the film co-starred Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen as Carradine's team of assassins. Tarantino wrote and directed Jackie Brown, a crime caper loosely based on Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch, starring Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. Grier garnered both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in the title role. Forster was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor and Jackson won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance as Ordell Robbie.

Tarantino co-wrote, directed and starred in Pulp Fiction, which won numerous critics' awards, a Golden Globe and Academy Award® for Best Screenplay, and the Palme D'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Tarantino made a return visit to Cannes ten years later to take on the prestigious role of jury president. The time-bending crime drama stars John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer and Christopher Walken. Tarantino wrote, directed and starred in Reservoir Dogs, which made an auspicious debut at the Sundance Film Festival and marked Tarantino's first trip to Cannes (out of competition) and the beginning of his career as a filmmaker. Reservoir Dogs co-stars Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel.

Following the success of Reservoir Dogs, the screenplays that Tarantino wrote during his tenure as a video store clerk became hot properties: Tony Scott directed Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in True Romance and Robert Rodriguez directed George Clooney and Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn. In addition to their collaborations From Dusk Till Dawn and Grindhouse, Tarantino also joined Rodriguez as a special guest director on his hit Sin City. Tarantino joined Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell by directing, writing and executive producing a segment of the omnibus feature Four Rooms. For television, Tarantino directed the season five finale of CSI. The episode, titled Grave Danger, garnered Tarantino an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Tarantino made his television directorial debut in 1995 with an episode of the long-running drama ER.

Tarantino's diverse work as a producer exemplifies both his commitment to first-time filmmakers and his support for his experienced peers and colleagues. Tarantino served as an executive producer on Eli Roth's Hostel and Hostel: Part II, Roger Avary's Killing Zoe, Katrina Bronson's Daltry Calhoun and Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn. The longtime fan of Asian cinema presented Yuen Wo Ping's Iron Monkey to American audiences in 2001, Zhang Yimou's Hero in 2004 and RZA's The Man with the Iron Fists in 2012.

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