History Film / NaturalBornKillers

3rd Dec '16 5:35:53 PM ThePest179
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* CopKiller: Mickey and Mallory kill plenty of cops during their crime spree and escape. This causes many instances of PoliceBrutality towards them.

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* CopKiller: Mickey and Mallory kill plenty of cops during their crime spree and escape. This causes many instances of PoliceBrutality directed towards them.


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* PetTheDog: Mickey and Mallory avoid killing Mallory's brother after they had previously killed her mom and dad.


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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Mickey and Mallory are based loosely on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Starkweather Charles Starkweather]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caril_Ann_Fugate Caril Fugate]].


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* SelfMadeOrphan: With Mickey's help, Mallory kills both her parents.
3rd Dec '16 4:15:43 PM ThePest179
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%%* AssholeVictim:
%%** Mallory's father and Jack Scagnetti.

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%%* * AssholeVictim:
%%** ** Mallory's father was a sexually abusive jackass, and Jack Scagnetti.Scagnetti strangled a prostitute just to kill someone.



%%* AxCrazy: Two guesses. Mallory is the worst.

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%%* * AxCrazy: Two guesses. Mallory is Mickey and Mallory, but Jack Scagnetti and Wayne Gale also get in on the worst.act.



%%* BaldOfEvil: Mickey towards the end.

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%%* * BaldOfEvil: Mickey shaves his head towards the end.



** Who can forget "Jesus Harold Christ on a fucking rubber crutch!"
%%** Wayne Gale, of course.

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** *** Who can forget "Jesus Harold Christ on a fucking rubber crutch!"
%%** ** Wayne Gale, of course.course. "For the first time of my life, '''I'M ALIIIIVE!'''"



* CopKiller: Mickey and Mallory kill plenty of cops during their crime spree and escape. This causes many instances of PoliceBrutality towards them.



%%* DinerBrawl: Or a Diner Massacre anyway.
%%* DirtyCop: Jack Scagnetti and the prison warden.

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%%* * DinerBrawl: Or a Diner Massacre anyway.
%%* DirtyCop: Jack Scagnetti
anyway. In the first scene of the movie, Mickey and the prison warden.Mallory start a brawl at a diner and kill almost everyone there.



* HairTriggerTemper: Mallory is quick to anger, and even Mickey accidentally cause her to have violent outbursts.



%%* IfItBleedsItLeads: A ruthless satire of this trope.

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%%* * IfItBleedsItLeads: A ruthless satire of this trope.trope, exemplified by Wayne Gale, a reporter so desperate for ratings that he'll [[UpToEleven kill people for it]].



* KillerCop: Jack Scagnetti strangles a prostitute to death for the fun of it. He's also the detective assigned to capture Mickey and Mallory.



%%* VillainProtagonist

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%%* VillainProtagonist* VillainProtagonist: Obviously, the Knoxes, but even the heroes have their villainous moments; Jack Scagnetti strangles a prostitute to death for seemingly no reason.
23rd Oct '16 11:25:43 AM nombretomado
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* DerangedAnimation: During some of the more psychedelic scenes, we're treated to random frames of Mickey running down a hallway and a perverse FelixTheCat attacking Mallory and getting shot.

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* DerangedAnimation: During some of the more psychedelic scenes, we're treated to random frames of Mickey running down a hallway and a perverse FelixTheCat WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat attacking Mallory and getting shot.
16th Oct '16 11:45:32 AM Mdumas43073
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Considered to be one of the most controversial films of the 1990s, '''''Natural Born Killers''''' is a film by Creator/OliverStone. It derives from a screenplay written by Creator/QuentinTarantino (which itself was a rewrite of friend Creator/RogerAvary's script, The Open Road, elements of which also contributed to ''Film/TrueRomance''), who conceived it as a dark exploitation thriller (with elements of satire), but Stone extensively rewrote it to the point where Tarantino [[DisownedAdaptation disowns it as part of his work.]] Stone turned the story into a satire of [[IfItBleedsItLeads the incestuous relationship between crime, the media and pop culture]], and how the latter two glorify the former and turn mass murderers into cult heroes. The film tells the tale of Mickey (Creator/WoodyHarrelson) and Mallory Knox (Creator/JulietteLewis), who captivate the world with a cross-country murder spree. Despite being sadistic and largely unrepentant murderers, the media (led by a tabloid journalist played by Creator/RobertDowneyJr) turns them into pop culture icons.

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Considered to be one of the most controversial films of the 1990s, '''''Natural ''Natural Born Killers''''' Killers'' is a film by Creator/OliverStone. It derives from a screenplay written by Creator/QuentinTarantino (which itself was a rewrite of friend Creator/RogerAvary's script, The Open Road, elements of which also contributed to ''Film/TrueRomance''), who conceived it as a dark exploitation thriller (with elements of satire), but Stone extensively rewrote it to the point where Tarantino [[DisownedAdaptation disowns it as part of his work.]] Stone turned the story into a satire of [[IfItBleedsItLeads the incestuous relationship between crime, the media and pop culture]], and how the latter two glorify the former and turn mass murderers into cult heroes. The film tells the tale of Mickey (Creator/WoodyHarrelson) and Mallory Knox (Creator/JulietteLewis), who captivate the world with a cross-country murder spree. Despite being sadistic and largely unrepentant murderers, the media (led by a tabloid journalist played by Creator/RobertDowneyJr) turns them into pop culture icons.
5th Oct '16 6:37:21 AM kawaiineko333
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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Mickey is on the very justified receiving end of this by police after the shootout that leads to his and Mallory's arrest.
4th Oct '16 6:17:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: Creator/OliverStone's original ending had Mickey and Mallory being murdered by the prisoner who helps them escape from prison.
3rd Oct '16 12:12:38 PM TheCerebrator
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* DamselInDistress: Mickey does, effectively, rescue Mallory from her immediately-dangerous plight (continuous sexual and verbal abuse from her father) and liberate her from the house in which she's basically trapped. This does also involve him orchestrating the killing of the monster that is keeping her there (her abusive father).
31st Jul '16 7:38:30 AM mlsmithca
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* AdaptationalHeroism: [[DownplayedTrope To an extent]]--the Mallorys are hardly "heroes"; still, Stone's film has them moralizing (eventually calling out Gayle for his antics) and expressing regret for some of their actions. The AbusiveParents angle also provides sympathy of sorts for them. None of this is in Tarantino's original script, which has the couple as something of a dark {{Deconstruction}} of the ''BonnieAndClyde'' concept.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: [[DownplayedTrope To an extent]]--the Mallorys Knoxes are hardly "heroes"; still, Stone's film has them moralizing (eventually calling out Gayle for his antics) and expressing regret for some of their actions. The AbusiveParents angle also provides sympathy of sorts for them. None of this is in Tarantino's original script, which has the couple as something of a dark {{Deconstruction}} of the ''BonnieAndClyde'' concept.



%%** Wayne Gale, of course.
** And Mc Cluskey, with his [[EvilLaugh "horrific fucking laugh"]].

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%%** Wayne Gale, of course.
** And Mc Cluskey, [=McCluskey=], with his [[EvilLaugh "horrific fucking laugh"]].



%%** Wayne Gale, of course.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Mildly. Despite killing over 50 people, Mickey is still disgusted at how the media has sensationalized his actions. He glorifies in it because he's an insane killer - what's ''their'' excuse?
-->" You'll never understand Wayne. You and me, we're not even the same species. I used to be you then I evolved. From where you're standing you're a man. From where I'm standing you're an ape. You're not even an ape; you're a ''media person''. Media's like the weather, only it's man made. Murder is ''pure''. You're the one made it ''impure''. You're buying and selling fear."



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Mildly. Despite killing over 50 people, Mickey is still disgusted at how the media has sensationalized his actions. He glorifies in it because he's an insane killer - what's ''their'' excuse? -->" You'll never understand Wayne. You and me, we're not even the same species. I used to be you then I evolved. From where you're standing you're a man. From where I'm standing you're an ape. You're not even an ape; you're a ''media person''. Media's like the weather, only it's man made. Murder is ''pure''. You're the one made it ''impure''. You're buying and selling fear."



* TheFarmerAndTheViper: A variation is recounted to by a Native American who shelters Mickey and Mallory. [[spoiler:Sure enough, he's killed by Mickey, but accidentally - Mickey comes out of a nightmare and fires his gun on reflex. Mallory is not amused.]]

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* TheFarmerAndTheViper: A variation is recounted to by a Native American who shelters Mickey and Mallory. [[spoiler:Sure enough, he's killed by Mickey, but accidentally - Mickey comes out of a nightmare and fires his gun on reflex. Mallory is not amused.]]



** For someone who has just bitten by a rattlesnake, Mickey didn't have a problem engaging in a shootout.
** Also, Mallory gets sprayed in the eyes with mace by Scagnetti and is capable to see perfectly not two minutes later.
%%* {{If It Bleeds It Leads}}: A ruthless satire of this trope.

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** For someone who has just been bitten by a rattlesnake, Mickey didn't have a problem engaging in a shootout.
** Also, Mallory gets sprayed in the eyes with mace by Scagnetti and is capable able to see perfectly not two minutes later.
%%* {{If It Bleeds It Leads}}: IfItBleedsItLeads: A ruthless satire of this trope.



%%* {{Important Haircut}}: Mickey, right before his interview.

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%%* {{Important Haircut}}: ImportantHaircut: Mickey, right before his interview.



%%* {{Mood Dissonance}}: All the frakkin' time.

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%%* {{Mood Dissonance}}: MoodDissonance: All the frakkin' time.



* {{The Plan}}: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Mickey and Mallory didn't actually plan the riot. They instead attribute their miraculous escape to "fate."

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* {{The Plan}}: ThePlan: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Mickey and Mallory didn't actually plan the riot. They instead attribute their miraculous escape to "fate."



%%* {{Scary Shiny Glasses}}: Mickey's glasses.

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%%* {{Scary Shiny Glasses}}: ScaryShinyGlasses: Mickey's glasses.



%%* {{Villain Protagonist}}s

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%%* {{Villain Protagonist}}sVillainProtagonist



3rd Jul '16 2:54:50 AM morenohijazo
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* SpareAMessenger: Mickey and Mallory always leave one survivor at the scenes of their killing sprees... Until the very end, when they shoot the journalist that was with them because he unfortunately had a camera which documented everything, serving as a means of telling their story.
4th May '16 4:26:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Jack Scagnetti was written by Quentin as more of a tired, worn-out KnightInSourArmor, living with a reputation based on past glory, who ''eventually'' [[KnightTemplar snaps and attacks Mallory in the climax]]--as opposed to the corrupt, murderous DirtyCop obsessed with Mallory that Stone's film made him.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: AdaptationalVillainy:
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Jack Scagnetti was written by Quentin as more of a tired, worn-out KnightInSourArmor, living with a reputation based on past glory, who ''eventually'' [[KnightTemplar snaps and attacks Mallory in the climax]]--as opposed to the corrupt, murderous DirtyCop obsessed with Mallory that Stone's film made him.
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