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Death Proof (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Death Proof may feel somewhat minor in the context of Tarantino's larger filmography, but on its own merits, it packs just enough of a wallop to deliver sufficiently high-octane grindhouse goods.

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In Death Proof -- director Tarantino's take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever -- Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph. Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially modified to withstand even the most extreme auto collision. Though the maniacal driver himself always comes out relatively unscathed, the same certainly can't be said for the poor young lass in his passenger seat -- or anyone unfortunate enough to be on the road when the urge to kill strikes for that matter. With a list of potential road-kill candidates that includes Rose McGowan, Jordan Ladd, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito, Death Proof takes viewers on an adrenaline-infused drive that's as sexy as it is shocking. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Kurt Russell
as Stuntman Mike
Rosario Dawson
as Abernathy
Michael Parks
as Earl McGraw
James Parks
as Edgar McGraw
Monica Staggs
as Lanna Frank
Marta Mendoza
as Punky Bruiser
Martha Mendoza
as Punky Bruiser
Melissa Arcaro
as Venus Envy
Marley Shelton
as Dr Dakota Block "McGraw"
Nicky Katt
as Counter Guy
Electra Avellan
as Babysister Twin 1
Elise Avellan
as Babysitter Twin 2
Kelley Robins
as Laquanda
Eurlyne Epper
as Lanna Frank Friend 1
Jamie L. Dunno
as Lanna Frank Friend 2
Charlene Dlabaj
as Shanna Double
Quentin Tarantino
as Warren, Warren the Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Death Proof

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (12)

Death Proof is superbly made. There's a terrible tension watching these beautiful and spirited young women getting too close to the flame, followed by enormous relief when the mood changes in the second story.

November 17, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The dialogue with which Tarantino is usually adept is disastrously clunky, the filmmaking largely without flair and even the apeing of the smears and scratches of the schlock originals seems ridiculous.

September 21, 2007 | Rating: 1/5

With its scratchy print, jerky editing and retro title sequence, Quentin Tarantino's fifth film bends over backwards to establish its Seventies sexploitation-flick credentials.

September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This blend of girlie action flick with retro car-chase movie scores nought out of 10 for artistic expression but four for amiable delinquency.

September 21, 2007 | Full Review…

A horror-comic splatterfest set in 2007, but somehow filmed in 1972, about a posse of women taking revenge on a murderous, misogynist stunt-driver.

September 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The appalling dialogue, mostly about the sexual predilections of his half-naked female cast, is so garbled, spotty and tedious that it fails to sell interest in a single character.

September 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Proof

A delightful homage to exploitation films of the '70s, and it is especially amusing thanks to the way it mixes the visual elements of those movies with modern ones, but Tarantino gives in once again to his narcissistic self-indulgences in endless, tiresome exchanges of dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Tarantino's exercise in slasher-type thriller is almost hypnotic in its first half, but really seems to lose its touch as it goes on. Kurt Russell is great in the lead role, even if his creepy allure is lost in the films' final third. Satisfyingly thrilling and cleverly shot, 'Death Proof' may be one of Tarantino's weaker films, but it's still a terrific ride. A great ode to grindhouse cinema and italian slashers.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Combined with Planet Terror, it makes for a cool film. I would have to say that I liked this one more (maybe my Tarantino bias) because the events in the movie could actually happen in real life. I guess i'm a sucker for realism.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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