DVD U-Turn (DVD 50185),
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  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A noirish departure for issue-oriented director Oliver Stone, U-TURN stars Sean Penn as Bobby, a gambler on the run who has the misfortune to have his radiator hose blow in a godforsaken Arizona hole-in-the-wall. He quickly meets the stunning Grace McKenna (Jennifer Lopez), and they go to her place to become better acquainted. When her husband, real estate king Jake (Nick Nolte), catches the two together in the bedroom, they fight, but at a later meeting, he proposes that Bobby kill his wife for a reasonable sum. At first the gambler turns him down, but when all his money is torn to shreds in a freak accident, he realizes that he won't be able to get his car fixed unless he goes along. Grace's considerable charm, combined with her account of the mistreatment she's suffered at her husband's hands, dissuades Bobby from the job. But she now offers him the same deal to kill Jake. To add to his problems, Bobby is being hawked by the suspicious sheriff (Powers Boothe) and has been targeted by local badass Toby (Joaquin Phoenix), who thinks Bobby is after his girlfriend, Jenny (Clare Danes). Penn turns in a fine performance in this overripe noir, and the photograpy is excellent. The film is based on the excellent short novel STRAY DOGS by John Ridley, who also served as one of the film's producers.
    • Rating - for strong violence, sexuality, and language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 32529

  • Credits
    Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Bob Thornton, Powers Boothe, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Abraham Benrubi, Julie Hagerty, Bo Hopkins, Valeri Nikolayev, Laurie Metcalf, Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A raucously joke-filled black comedy....Stone's new wild style converts U TURN into a roaring broadside of colliding images..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Richly funny....Oliver Stone finally proves he has a sense of humor in U-Turn..."
    USA Today

    "...U-Turn becomes a showcase for the filmmaker's terrific arsenal of visual mannerisms and free-association imagery..."
    New York Times

    "...[Stone] infuses the genre with his dazzling gift for ambiguous poetic menace....[He] makes every shot a jolt, a sliver of ominous perception..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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