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Film / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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"In this town, it can all change. Like that."
Rick: Actors are required to do a lot of dangerous stuff. Cliff here is meant to carry the load.
Interviewer: Is that how you describe your job, Cliff?
Cliff: What, carrying his load? Yeah, it's about right.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the ninth film directed and written by Quentin Tarantino.

In 1969 Los Angeles, television actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his Stunt Double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the Hollywoodian film industry after the cancellation of the western show they were employed on, Bounty Law. Rick's neighbor in Tinseltown happens to be Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

The cast also includes Dakota Fanning as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen, Damon Herriman as Charles Manson, Bruce Dern as George Spahn (the role was initially to be played by Burt Reynolds, who passed away before shooting began), Timothy Olyphant as James Stacy, Emile Hirsch as Jay Sebring, Luke Perry as Wayne Maunder (his final role), Mike Moh as Bruce Lee and Al Pacino as Marvin Schwartz.


The film is due for an American release on July 26, 2019.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood contains examples of:

  • The '60s: The trailers offer no shortage of visual (and musical) clues that the film is set in the late sixties. The clothing and hairstyles are typically 1960s, hippies abund and Real Life 1968-1969 movies such as Krakatoa, East of Java, The Night They Raided Minsky's and The Wrecking Crew (Sharon Tate played in it) are screened in theaters. As for the music, the teaser trailer uses "Straight Shooter" by The Mamas & The Papas and "Bring A Little Lovin" by Los Bravos (both songs were released in 1966), and the official trailer has "Good Thing" (also from 1966) by Paul Revere and the Raiders and Neil Diamond's "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (1969).
  • Monochrome to Color: The teaser trailer starts with an interview footage of Rick and Cliff on the set of their TV show Bounty Law. Said footage is in black and white, whereas the rest is in color.
  • Mood Whiplash: The first few trailers showcase the typical funfare you'll experience in a Tarantino film but the fun gradually lessens the moment we'd see shots of Sharon Tate and Charles Manson.
  • Once Upon a Time: The stock phrase is used in the film's title.
  • Playboy Bunny: The trailers show a party with four girls dressed with fake bunny ears and stockings.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • In the first trailer, Rick is interviewed about Bounty Law, a western TV show on which he and Cliff worked.
    • In the second trailer, the Double Feature Marvin Schwartz watched includes a film in which Rick played a hammy Hollywood Action Hero who kills Nazis by the truckloads during World War II.
  • Tears of Joy: In the teaser trailer, a little girl tells Rick that his acting was "the best [she] has ever seen in [her] whole life" after they shot a scene. Despite the fact that a child told him this, it's seemingly enough to give him some pride and make his eyes teary.

"Hey! You're Rick fuckin' Dalton. Don't you forget it."

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