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KILL BILL - VOL. 1

 
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At Theaters: 10/10/2003 On Video: 4/13/2004
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419957
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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An epic tale of one woman's quest for justice. Bill is a mostly unseen sinister figure looming over the story who has organized an elite group called the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (or DiVAS). All of the vipers are code-named after poisonous serpents and the deadliest of them all is Black Mamba, who is also Bill's former lover.
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Action Thriller - This is a very violent, very bloody action film that is strictly for adults--particularly the young adult male audience. The squeamish of all ages should avoid the film, and the extreme violence makes the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Uma Thurman THE AVENGERS, LES MISERABLES, GATTACA
David Carradine BIRD ON A WIRE
Lucy Liu CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
Daryl Hannah A WALK TO REMEMBER, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, COWBOY UP
Vivica A. Fox BOAT TRIP, JUWANNA MANN, TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME
Wri/Dir: Quentin Tarantino JACKIE BROWN
Producer: Lawrence Bender KNOCKAROUND GUYS, GOOD WILL HUNTING, JACKIE BROWN
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: 17 F-words, 10 S-words, 6 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some vulgar sex talk and implied situations.
VIOLENCE: Extremely brutal and bloody violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Many martial arts and swordfights.
COMEDY: Some darkly comic lines and situations.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "I can only recommend Kill Bill for die-hard Tarantino buffs and Hong Kong action junkies. Everyone else would do better to stay away and avoid the bitter disappointment of seeing how the greed of a distributor can degrade the movie-going experience.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "Kill Bill: Volume 1 shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through "Flight of the Bumble Bee" -- or maybe an accordion prodigy setting a speed record for "Lady of Spain." I mean that as a sincere compliment. The movie is not about anything at all except the skill and humor of its making. It's kind of brilliant.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "Three audiences are likely to love Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1: Male dweebs with overactive action fantasies; empowered women with wicked senses of humor; and everyone who thinks kinetic filmmaking, no matter how junky the material, is its own reward. Kill Bill Vol. 2 arrives in February. And though we'll know better then how good Vol. 1 is, another movie axiom says that style always stands the test of time. Whatever Bill's limitations, style isn't one of them.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Good "Quentin Tarantino's feverish homage to the cherished exploitation experiences of his youth may be the world's first movie-as-mixed tape. Not a slapdash party tape with a bunch of popular stuff strung carelessly together, but a loving compendium of Proustian images and melodies, the more obscure the better, meticulously juxtaposed and segued into each other so they evoke an integrated memory of endless pulp highs savored in the smoky haze of grindhouses and darkened basements. If your sensibilities are in line with Tarantino's, the result is sheer sleaze Nirvana.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 101 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
High
88%
13-19Teens (F)
3
Low
33%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
19
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
Very High
90%
30+Adults (M)
27
Very High
85%
30+Adults (F)
23
About 50/50
57%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The opinions on this movie were all over the place. The men and young females rated it the highest, while the teen females rated it low and the older females rated 50/50. The men seemed to enjoy this movie much more than the women.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Early in Vol. 1 a Texas Ranger (MICHAEL PARKS) surveys a grisly scene: an entire wedding party slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel. The pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride.

Bill and The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. The Viper assassin California Mountain Snake, a.k.a. Elle Driver (DARYL HANNAH), creeps into The Bride's hospital room, disguised as a nurse and brandishing a syringe— only to be called off at the last possible moment by Bill himself.

Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens and realizes what has been done to her. She disposes of the hospital orderly (MICHAEL BOWEN) who has been auctioning off her (immobile) sexual favors, confiscates his garish "Pussy Wagon," and sets off on a ferociously focused mission.

Her first target among the wedding massacre participants is the Viper known as Cottonmouth, O-Ren Ishii (LUCY LIU). At seven O-Ren hid only inches away as her parents were killed. At age eleven she took her own bloody revenge, and has since become the first female boss-of-all-bosses of the Japanese yakuza underworld.

In Okinawa, The Bride acquires a legendary bladed weapon from the last of the world's great samurai sword-smiths, the legendary ninjitsu master Hattori Honzo (SONNY CHIBA).

In Tokyo, O-Ren Ishii is surrounded by her lethal henchmen and holds court in a massive nightclub/restaurant complex, the House of Blue Leaves. The Bride's assault upon this stronghold is a pitched martial arts battle with hundreds of black clad soldiers of O-Ren's personal shock squad, The Crazy 88s.

The assault also includes personal showdowns with two of O-Ren's top aides, her personal assistant, Sophie Fatale (JULIE DREYFUSS), and her private bodyguard Go Go Yubari (CHIAKI KURIYAMA). The assault culminates in a classic, tragic snowy standoff between these two formidable warriors, O-Ren Ishii and The Bride. We begin to sense that the quest for justice could exact a heavy emotional toll upon The Bride.

A few days later, in Pasadena, California, The Bride has moved on to her second knockdown- drag-out battle with a Viper target, Copperhead, a.k.a. Vernita Green (VIVICA A. FOX). The presence of Vernita's young daughter at the scene adds a note of grim irony to the tale of a widowed mother's quest for retribution.

In the aftermath of the epic Tokyo battle, Bill appears on screen for the first time to question the fight's sole survivor, Sophie Fatale, about The Bride's intentions.
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