Southland Tales (2006)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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During a three-day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.




  • Richard Kelly and Sean McKittrick in Southland Tales (2006)
  • Seann William Scott in Southland Tales (2006)
  • Kevin Smith in Southland Tales (2006)
  • Bai Ling in Southland Tales (2006)
  • Richard Kelly in Southland Tales (2006)
  • John Larroquette in Southland Tales (2006)

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3 May 2015 | ButterfieldStudios
| One that slipped past the bean counters.
Very few modern movies are original, especially ones coming out of Hollywood. And considering we live in a sort of post-consumer media culture it's not really surprising that the system , so to speak, is desperate to protect it's bottom line.

This movie, well, it's not really interested in any of that.

After the bizarre first 10 minutes you should know whether or not the movie is for you; it was for me.

If you like things like Cronenberg, give this a shot... yes the ending is a bit, "now what do I do," but overall it's extremely entertaining, and out there in a "They Live" kind of way.

And if you like it, it has the power to stick with you, and make you want to recommend it to people, until you start trying to explain what it's actually all about.

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When the Prime Minister of Japan got his hand chopped off, he claims that it only should be the finger. Baron von Westphalen answers that he had probably missed the 6 inch deviation clause in his contract. The German dubbing of the movie obviously got confused about the US customary units and translated 6 inches with 1.80 meters, which is actually 6 feet.


Private Pilot Abilene: In the aftermath of nuclear attacks in Texas, America found itself on the brink of anarchy.
Private Pilot Abilene: World War III had begun.
Private Pilot Abilene: The accelerated conflict in the Middle East placed significant restrictions on American access to oil. Alternative fuel sources became...


In the introductory titles, as Pilot Abilene narrates, there is a white map of the United States that implodes towards the screen as he says "Interstate travel visas were required for each state." Right before the map implodes, you can see that the state of Wisconsin is unaligned.

Crazy Credits

After the credits, a logo appears of a thumbprint over an American flag with the words: "DON'T TOUCH ME"

Alternate Versions

Originally running for 160 minutes, Southland Tales premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 to a disastrous reception. Because of this, it was re-edited and shortened in length as part of the distribution deal. Since the shortened version was shown theatrically and released on DVD, the Cannes cut has been shown on Cable TV and DVD releases in Europe. Some of the changes between the theatrical cut and the Cannes cut are as follows:

  • Opens the same as theatrical cut, with home video in Abilene, except with music ('Water Pistol' by Moby) and runs longer. Video is also shown in its original aspect ratio, instead of cropped for 2.35:1.
  • Doomsday Scenario Interface is not present in the original cut, it was added to provide background information present in the graphic novels. Instead we have narration from Pilot Abilene explaining the present situation and Treer Corporation.
  • The meeting between the Baron and Hideo Takehashi takes place much earlier in the film, Pilot explains the Baron dislikes Takehashi.
  • The character of General Teena MacArthur is more fleshed out in original cut, she mainly communicates with General Simon Theory and the Baron.
  • Many scenes with dialog between main characters have been extended i.e. scenes with Boxer & Roland, Krysta & Cyndi, Boxer & Starla, Cyndi & Vaughn Smallhouse etc.
  • Pilot explains that Bart Bookman is an 'angry man' with a willingness to die.
  • Some events that take place are better explained in original cut e.g. Boxer ringing Fortunio before meeting him, Serpentine explaining her actions at the end.
  • Features additional effects of the blimp not in theatrical version.
  • Features music by Moby not present in theatrical version i.e. 'Ceanograph' is heard in scene giving information on the rift, 'Hotel Intro' is heard as characters visit different sections on the blimp.


The Real Thing
Written and Performed by The Shakers
Courtesy of Aperture Music


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Comedy | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller


Release Date:

7 December 2007



Country of Origin

France, Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,000 18 November 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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