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[FILM] Oliver Stone’s “U Turn”

U Turn is a 1997 Neo-noir/drama film directed by Oliver Stone, based on the book Stray Dogs by John Ridley. It stars Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez,Jon Voight, Powers Boothe, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Nick Nolte.

U Turn was filmed in 1996 on location in Superior, Arizona and other areas of Arizona and California.

Roger Ebert gave the film 1½ stars, deeming it a “repetitive, pointless exercise in genre filmmaking—the kind of film where you distract yourself by making a list of the sources”. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that it “demonstrates a filmmaker in complete command of his craft and with little control over his impulses”.

Directed by Oliver Stone
Produced by Dan Halsted
Clayton Townsend
Written by John Ridley (book and screenplay)
Oliver Stone
Starring Sean Penn
Nick Nolte
Jennifer Lopez
Joaquin Phoenix
Powers Boothe
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by Hank Corwin
Thomas J. Nordberg
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Phoenix Pictures
Release date(s) August 27, 1997 (Telluride Film Festival)
Running time 125 min.
Country France
United States
Language English
Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)
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2 responses

  1. Now this is cinema. What a trip.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm

  2. best line, best philosophical stance:
    “So, we’re all just floating along like twigs in a stream, so enjoy the ride. Is that it?”

    February 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

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