R | | Crime, Thriller
The cab driver sets American Zed up with Zoe in his Paris hotel. Despite FFR1000 charged, she's an art student with day jobs e.g. bank. Safecracker Zed meets his junkie friend after 11 years to rob a bank.
Several reviewers were unimpressed with the level of violence and gore, and considered a cheap ploy for the horror audience. Roger Avary was quick to point out that he's always been interested in violent films, going all the way to the super-8 shorts he made as a teen. "They were usually kind of gory. We'd make dummies and stuff them full of newspapers and throw them off bridges, and film it falling. Then we'd match cut it with my cousin jumping up and down in the river and running around. They were usually crazy things with titles like Psycho Killer and weird things like that."
I am NOT a prostitute!
Zed: That's great. Can I have my 1000 francs back, then?
In the Dixieland club, a clarinet can be clearly heard throughout, but there's no clarinetist in the band.
The characters, events and institutions depicted in this motion picture are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons or junkies, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
The Italian version omits all references to Eric (Jean-Hugues Anglade's character) being HIV-positive: the moment when he tells about it to Zed is not included. Also omitted is the dialogue at the end, when Zed tells Zoe that the blood covering his face is mostly Eric's (suggesting the possibility that he might have been infected).
$30,586 21 August 1994
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