In Austin, Texas, the girlfriends Julia, Arlene and Shanna meet in a bar to drink, smoke and make out with their boyfriends before traveling alone to Lake LBJ to spend the weekend together. They meet the former Hollywood stuntman Mike, who takes Pam out in his "death-proof" stunt car. Fourteen months later, Mike turns up in Lebanon, Tennessee and chase Abernathy, Zoë and Kim, but these girls are tough and decide to pay-back the attack.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kanan Hooker (Buddy Joe Hooker's son) and production assistant for Hoonigan TV still owns one of the 4 stunt Novas - the car in his possession is the first car built for the production (dubbed #1 The Jesus since it was the only one which was operational and retaining the Rubber Duck hood ornament) and still retains the stunt livery including the internal roof panel and tractor seat but the Plexiglas panel used in the film (used as a partition in the film as the Killbox) was removed. See more »
As 'Death Proof' is an homage to the old, low budget Grindhouse films of the 70's and 80's, there are many deliberate errors by the filmmaker to give an authentic Grindhouse feel. See more »
[shouting to Jungle Julia]
Hold on, I gotta come up! I gotta take the world's biggest fuckin' piss!
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During the opening credits, the Troublemaker Studios logo remains in it's original form but the Dimension Pictures logo has been rendered in a 1970s style. See more »
After Zoe flies off the hood, she walks back to the car and says, "Phew that was a close one". In the Unrated Extended version it then cuts right to her line, "So, where's the maniac?" In the U.S. Theatrical Double Feature version there's some extra lines of dialog in between: As Zoe notices that Abernathy and Kim have been crying she remarks, "You guys look like shit. Who died?" Abernathy then asks Zoe if she's okay, to which she replies, "Well, I'm gonna have a hell of a bruise on my bum, but aside from that I'll be sweet." See more »
Filmgoers who are familiar with Quentin Tarantino knows that movies are his passion and most probably his sole love. 'Death Proof' is the product of Tarantino's love for movies which surpasses his drive for creating his own brand of movies. This is the work of a director who wants to recreate a forgotten genre that appealed to him once. Therefore 'Death Proof' has more elements of the slasher genre than Tarantino's own unique style of film-making. All that being said, 'Death Proof' is definitely not one of his finest works. The action elements in the movie are so wide apart and is ridden with many dialogues that are stuffed with references of the movies that either 'Death Proof' has drawn inspiration from or plays into the theme of the story. While these dialogues between the characters of the movie about random things is one of Tarantino's signature elements, in 'Death Proof' they seem out of place and sometimes even hollow which is worsened by weak performances and lack of chemistry between some of the characters. Despite these disappointments, when there is action it is top-notch and deserves to be applauded for its technical proficiency.
To sum it all up, 'Death Proof', while does not engage you consistently, gives you just enough to distinguish itself from many of the other passable movies.
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