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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

2019

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Quentin Tarantino Writer
Gillian M. Berrow Script Editor

 Directed by
Quentin Tarantino



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 Release Date
July 25, 2019

 Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio
  Rick Dalton
Brad Pitt
  Cliff Booth
Margot Robbie
  Sharon Tate
Emile Hirsch
  Jay Sebring
Margaret Qualley
  Pussycat
Timothy Olyphant
  James Stacy
Julia Butters
  Trudi Fraser
Austin Butler
  Charles "Tex" Watson
Dakota Fanning
  Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
Bruce Dern
  George Spahn
Mike Moh
  Bruce Lee
Luke Perry
  Wayne Maunder
Damian Lewis
  Steve McQueen
Al Pacino
  Marvin Schwarzs
Kurt Russell
  Randy / Narrator
Nicholas Hammond
  Sam Wanamaker
Samantha Robinson
  Abigail Folger
Rafał Zawierucha
  Roman Polanski
Lorenza Izzo
  Francesca Capucci
Damon Herriman
  Charles Manson
Lena Dunham
  Catherine "Gypsy" Share
Madisen Beaty
  Patricia "Katie" Krenwinkel
Mikey Madison
  Susan "Sadie" Atkins
James Landry Hébert
  Steve "Clem" Grogan
Maya Hawke
  Linda "Flower Child" Kasabian
Victoria Pedretti
  Leslie "Lulu" Van Houten
Sydney Sweeney
  Dianne "Snake" Lake
Harley Quinn Smith
  Froggie
Dallas Jay Hunter
  Delilah
Kansas Bowling
  Sandra "Blue" Good
Parker Love Bowling
  Tadpole
Cassidy Vick Hice
  Ella Jo "Sundance" Bailey
Danielle Harris
  Angel
Josephine Valentina Clark
  Catherine "Capistrano" Gillies
Scoot McNairy
  Business Bob Gilbert
Clifton Collins Jr.
  Ernesto the Mexican Vaquero
Dreama Walker
  Connie Stevens
Rachel Redleaf
  Mama Cass
Rebecca Rittenhouse
  Michelle Phillips
Rumer Willis
  Joanna Pettet
Spencer Garrett
  Allen Kincade
Rebecca Gayheart
  Billie Booth
Zoë Bell
  Janet
Marco Rodríguez
  
Michael Madsen
  
Robert Broski
  Abraham Lincoln
Bomber Hurley-Smith
  Manson Family Member
Sarah May Sommers
  Manson Family Member
Daniel Callister
  Manson Family Member
Zack Whyel
  Manson Family Member
Sean Baker
  Manson Family Member
Brenda Vaccaro
  
Clu Gulager
  
Martin Kove
  
Nichole Galicia
  
Craig Stark
  
Ramón Franco
  
Aundrea Smith
  Lily
Raul Cardona
  Bad Guy Delgado
Costa Ronin
  Voytek Frykowski
Keith Jefferson
  Land Pirate Keith
Eddie Perez
  Land Pirate Eddie
Maurice Compte
  Land Pirate Mao
Lew Temple
  Land Pirate Lew
JLouis Mills
  Land Pirate J
Vincent Laresca
  Land Pirate
Daniella Pick
  Maria Conchita Louisa Gavadon / Daphna Ben-Cobo
Victoria Truscott
  Gina
Monica Staggs
  Connie
Julyah Rose
  1960's Starlette
Brianna Joy Chomer
  Starlet
Suzanne LaChasse
  Starlet
Kasey Landoll
  Starlet
Forrest Jade
  Starlet
Caitlin Herst
  Starlet (uncredited)
Elisabeth Ferrara
  
Inbal Amirav
  
C. Ronald McPherson
  Stage Coach Man
Eddie J. Rangel
  Italian Film Producer
Richard Allan Jones
  TV Crew Director of Photography
Bruce Del Castillo
  Crew Member Rock
Michael Vincent McHugh
  Alex Mendes
Hal Dion
  Western Towne Doctor
Michael Thomas Cox
  TV Crew Grip
Gilbert Saldivar
  
George Thomas Mansel
  
Juliette Kida
  
William Pierce
  
Zander Grable
  
Parker Love Bowling
  
Lucia Oskerova
  Jay Sebring's Date
Philip Harville
  Office Boy
John Rabe
  Darrin Stephens / Red Apple Man
Jake Ersek
  Airport Paparazzi
R.J. Asher
  LAX Paparazzo
Jasen Salvatore
  Italian Flim Crew
Don Pecchia
  TV Producer
Johnny Otto
  Police Officer
Mayra-Alejandra Garcia
  Low Ryder Girl 'Puppet'
Rage Stewart
  Humble Harv
Cailan Robinson
  Sailor
Miranda Dos Santos
  Tommy's Girl
Tom Hartig
  Sweet William
Gina Omilon
  Script Girl
Tom David
  Musso and Frank Waiter
David M. Edelstien
  Musso and Frank Waiter
Veronika Mindal
  Musso & Frank Grill Guest
Kenneth Sonny Donato
  Musso & Frank Bartender
Dave Silva
  Saloon / Cantina Bartender
Carolina Vargas
  Bar Patron
Christopher Hunt
  Bar Patron
Chris Scagos
  Benjamin
Jordan Saria Oram
  Theater Goer
Peter Neil
  Cowboy
Jason Catron
  Paramedic #2
Edward Headington
  Lancer Borracho
Nas Mehdi
  
James T. Schlegel
  Lancer Cowboy
Lisa Y. Sheeler
  Conservative Lady
Hayley Malia Johnson
  Socialite
Chad Ridgely
  Police Officer
Brian Patrick Butler
  French Student
Adrian Dev
  Raj
Lisa Dee
  
Jennifer Churchich
  Gold Digger
Michael Graham
  Officer
Jennifer Moxham
  Air Hostess
Gabriela Flores
  
Mark Krenik
  Honey Daddy
David Steen
  Family Man
India Everett
  Theater Goer
Dallas Chandler
  
Penelope Kapudija
  Baby
Omar Doom
  Donnie
Alfredo Tavares
  Business Man
Spencer Garrett
  
HaleyRae Christian Cannell
  Party Guest (uncredited)
Katarina Pavelek
  Movie Date (uncredited)
Alexander Tassopoulos
  Playboy Mansion Guest
Amber Kahwaji
  Playboy Mansion Guest
Danielle Krett
  Playboy Mansion Guest (uncredited)
Nicholas Walker
  Playboy
Miguel Fasa
  Playboy
Hunter Jones
  Playboy Guest
Alicia Karami
  Playboy Bunny
Christina Sergoyan
  Playboy Bunny
Shannon Elizabeth Stone
  Playboy Bunny
Natalie Cohen
  Playboy Bunny
Courtney M. Moore
  Playboy Bunny / Arianne
Kerry Westcott
  Playboy Bunny / Dancer
Emilee Bickert
  Mallory / Playboy Bunny
María Birta
  Playboy Bunny (uncredited)
Trevor Wooldridge
  Playboy Hollywood Actor (uncredited)
Andrea Bensussen
  Upscale Business Woman (uncredited)
Breanna Wing
  Cheyenne the Hippy Hitchhiker
Christopher Arminio
  Street Corner Hippie (uncredited)
Jeff Jocoy
  Hippie (uncredited)
Bridie Latona
  Hippie Girl
David Delagarza
  Hippie
Weston Razooli
  Hippie
Alina Zilbershmidt
  Hippie
Angela Cela
  Party Girl (uncredited)
Will Elkins
  Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Chase Levy
  El Coyote Patron (uncredited)
Regina Valitova
  Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jacob Antolini
  Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
John Luder
  Western Townsman (uncredited)
James Remar
  The Gang
Rachael Wotherspoon
  Actress (uncredited)
Martin Abrahams
  Bell Hop in Wrecking Crew (uncredited)
Leslie Bega
  Uncredited


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The movie isn’t for everyone, of course, but it’s a fun ride back to the past with fantastic performances, hilarious comedy and beautiful aesthetics. Tarantino is the one director in 2019 that can get huge names without people referring to his films as “that Leo film“, and I think that’s worth something whether you’re a fan or not. It’s rare for a film like this to be a mainstream release, and in the lacklustre year of 2019 I think it’s about time we got something in cinemas that's original.
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Quentin Tarantino is one of the best filmmakers of all-time. He has undeniable talent behind the camera, and his movies are fated to leave a mark in each year they’re released. In addition to that, he’s also an extraordinary screenwriter, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood proves once again. His knowledge of the early decades of film is vast, so every feature he produces is always going to be filled with references to those “fairy tale” years. And that’s precisely what this movie is: a fairy tale in Hollywood, hence its title. Let me just leave this here right off the bat: I’m not going to address any controversy surrounding this film (namely, the whole Bruce Lee depiction and the Manson Family, in general), as I’m always fair and impartial to the movie I’m reviewing. Moving on …

My knowledge of the 60s isn’t that good. Obviously, I know the whole Sharon Tate story, as well as the famous Manson murders, but when it comes to actual films from that decade, well … Probably, I only know a few by name, a classic scene, or a memorable soundtrack. Tarantino uses his large runtime to place tons of references to that period, and that’s one of the reasons the first act of the movie drags. There’s a lot of time spent with characters just driving cars while listening to music (references in the songs), wide shots of the city as they drive by (references in the buildings), or even just playing an LP and dancing to it (reference in the songs, again).

I understand that these mean something, but if they don’t develop the character in any way, then these are just Easter Eggs and have no impact on the actual narrative. The first hour or so is filled with sequences which sole purpose is to show how much Tarantino knows about that time, and there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as it tells a story. That’s the second issue I have with the first act: it takes too long to establish its characters, and there’s no apparent objective within the story. It feels like a person just strolling around with no destination, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. But if you put together repetitive sequences plus a story that no one knows where it’s going or how it connects to the only thing people are actually expecting (the Sharon Tate event), then you’ll bore the hell out of the audience (a lot of people constantly left my theater to get more food or something, and they weren’t in a hurry).

Nevertheless, from the moment we start understanding who Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth are, what they do, what they did, and what they want with their lives, then the film becomes incredibly captivating. It’s definitely a character-driven story. It’s a fairy tale where Rick tries his best to overcome his own personal issues to be the very best movie star, after being on an exponentially negative path. Cliff, as his stunt double, lives off of his buddy by doing everything he needs around the house and everywhere else. These two are inseparable, and their scenes are always filled with laughter and joy, even in the darkest moments. OUATIH works because of its beautifully-written characters.

If you don’t care about them, then you won’t enjoy the film at all. In addition to this, if you don’t know anything regarding the art of filmmaking, then you’ll probably hate it since it will become extremely dull. It’s one of those movies that anyone can like. However, for someone who knows and understands how films are made, it will always be a better time at the theater. You can love this movie, sure. But if you love filmmaking and you have knowledge of its techniques, you’ll love it even more. There are so many technical achievements worthy of appreciation that I can’t get to all of them, so I’ll just address two of my favorites. The first has to be the black-and-white flicks inside the actual film. Putting Leonardo DiCaprio acting on classic westerns with over-the-top performances is an absolute delight. Watching those features in a 4:3 black-and-white screen, filled with classic sound effects, and cheesy one-liners … Wonderful.

The second allows for my favorite scenes of the whole movie: the extensive one-take dialogues. I mean, 10 or 15-minute sequences where DiCaprio just gives it his all. This is how every single film should be done. There’s even a joke in the movie where Rick criticizes a particular type of filmmaking because they would film every character separately saying their lines and then editing them together. Unfortunately, that’s how most features are done today. Therefore, from watching a simple dialogue scene with DiCaprio and Julia Butters (a 10-year-old little girl!) to a bar sequence which belongs to a movie Rick is filming (this one even has Rick asking his lines, and the camera has to go back to its starting point), everything with no cuts whatsoever … What can I ask more from a director?!

Obviously, if this is a character-driven narrative, the cast has to be genuinely compelling. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie … I mean, do I even need to explain how phenomenal they are? DiCaprio proves once again he’s one of the greatest actors of all-time. The ability that he has to put 200% in every single scene is unbelievable. I even started to tear up once his character is able to find his footing, solely due to the actor’s performance. The Oscar nom is guaranteed, let’s see about the win. Brad Pitt also has tons of nominations on his lap with an astonishing supporting display. He has a subtle performance, but it’s pretty incredible how much he can transmit to the audience by putting (apparently) so little effort. Margot Robbie doesn’t have that much screentime, but her character had the simple objective of showing how glamorous and dreamy an actress’ life could be at that time, so she didn’t exactly need to deliver her A-game.

It’s always good to see Al Pacino (Marvin Schwarz) on-screen, and I’m thrilled that Margaret Qualley (Pussycat), who I know from The Leftovers (one of the most underrated TV shows of the century), is finally getting some recognition. Technically, like I said above, it’s close to a masterpiece. It’s Tarantino, everyone knows what he’s capable of, but having in mind his most recent features, it’s a pleasant surprise and evidence of quality to the naysayers that he was able to produce a film with less bloody action. There are terrific demonstrations of great cinematography (Robert Richardson), and the editing is always impeccable in Tarantino’s features (this time due to Fred Raskin). The score is addictive, and it carries a very significant role in the movie. I would say that if Tarantino was able to shorten its runtime and control its pacing better, this would be a technically perfect film.

All in all, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the best Quentin Tarantino’s movie, but it’s undoubtedly one of the year’s best. Filled with award-winning lead performances (second Oscar for DiCaprio, please), this character-driven story is packed with references to the 60s which will be the divisive point in whether people will enjoy the film or not. Its first act is slow and takes too long to set up its story, but from the moment it’s able to find its footing, it’s an entertaining ride. If you love filmmaking and you know the insides of the art, Tarantino delivers a near-perfect technical production. Its alternate ending to real-life events is meant to be controversial, but for me, it’s a vision of how everything should have happened if the world was fair or, indeed, a fairy tale … in Hollywood.

Rating: A-



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