History Film / NaturalBornKillers

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.
4th May '16 4:18:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* BrokenAesop: Debatable, but Stone does make the life of crime seem pretty attractive at times...
4th May '16 4:18:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Villain?]]: [[spoiler:When Mickey accidentally kills the Indian, Mallory really lays into him.]]
4th May '16 4:17:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbusiveParents:
** Mallory's parents, and maybe Mickey's, too.

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* AbusiveParents:
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%%* AbusiveParents: Mallory's parents, and maybe Mickey's, too.



* AppealToInherentNature: "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."
* AssholeVictim:
** Mallory's father and Jack Scagnetti.
** The redneck gang.
* AxCrazy: Two guesses. Mallory is the worst.
* BadassBeard: Wayne Gale
* BaldOfEvil: Mickey towards the end.

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* %%* AppealToInherentNature: "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."
* %%* AssholeVictim:
** %%** Mallory's father and Jack Scagnetti.
** %%** The redneck gang.
* %%* AxCrazy: Two guesses. Mallory is the worst.
* %%* BadassBeard: Wayne Gale
* %%* BaldOfEvil: Mickey towards the end.



** Wayne Gale, of course.

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** %%** Wayne Gale, of course.



* ClusterFBomb

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* %%* ClusterFBomb



* 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 and the prison warden.



* {{If It Bleeds It Leads}}: A ruthless satire of this trope.
* IllKillYou: Everyone. Yes, everyone.
* {{Important Haircut}}: Mickey, right before his interview.

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* %%* {{If It Bleeds It Leads}}: A ruthless satire of this trope.
* %%* IllKillYou: Everyone. Yes, everyone.
* %%* {{Important Haircut}}: Mickey, right before his interview.



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

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



* OutlawCouple: Mickey and Mallory

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* %%* OutlawCouple: Mickey and Mallory



* RedOniBlueOni: Mallory and Mickey, respectively.
* {{Scary Shiny Glasses}}: Mickey's glasses.

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* %%* RedOniBlueOni: Mallory and Mickey, respectively.
* %%* {{Scary Shiny Glasses}}: Mickey's glasses.



* StrawmanNewsMedia: Type 4.

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* %%* StrawmanNewsMedia: Type 4.



* {{Villain Protagonist}}s

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* %%* {{Villain Protagonist}}s
4th May '16 4:15:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** Well, maybe not abusive, but as a child, Mickey did see [[spoiler:his father kill himself.]]
17th Feb '16 5:15:08 AM VoxAquila
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Owen Taft - [[spoiler: he appears out of nowhere at the beginning and end of the film, and in the original cut, just before he kills the Knoxes he says he "came from the fire."]]
4th Jan '16 4:30:59 AM Folamh3
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->''The media made them superstars''

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->''The media made them superstars''
superstars.''



* SlasherSmile

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* %%* SlasherSmile


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* WeddingRingRemoval: Played with: Mallory takes off her wedding ring to wash the dishes, but Mickey is horrified by this and insists that she must never take it off.
30th Jun '15 12:59:52 PM haloinsider
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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 (Woody Harrelson) 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 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 (Woody Harrelson) (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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