From Dusk Till Dawn

January 19th, 1996

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From Dusk Till Dawn

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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 7.2/10 (106,620 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis

Seth Gecko and his younger brother Richard are on the lam after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive 'from dusk till dawn' at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a Hell of a strip joint.

Writers: Robert Kurtzman, Quentin Tarantino

George Clooney - Seth Gecko
Quentin Tarantino - Richard Gecko
Harvey Keitel - Jacob Fuller
Juliette Lewis - Kate Fuller
Ernest Liu - Scott Fuller
Salma Hayek - Santanico Pandemonium
Cheech Marin - Border Guard / Chet Pussy / Carlos
Danny Trejo - Razor Charlie
Tom Savini - Sex Machine
Fred Williamson - Frost
Michael Parks - Texas Ranger Earl McGraw
Brenda Hillhouse - Hostage Gloria Hill
John Saxon - FBI Agent Stanley Chase
Marc Lawrence - Old Timer Motel Owner
Kelly Preston - Newscaster Kelly Houge

Taglines: How far can Too Far go?


Official Website: Dimension Films |

Release Date: 19 January 1996

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,200,000 (USA) (21 January 1996) (2004 Screens)

Gross: $33,500,000 (Worldwide) (except USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The famous line, "No thanks, I've already had a wife," was improvised by George Clooney. Director Robert Rodriguez never intended it to be in the final cut, but after the studio included the line in a trailer, he felt obliged to include it in the film.

Crew or equipment visible: Lighting equipment, as well as the set's roof can be seen in several shots inside the bar after the vampire grabs Katie Fuller.

[first lines]
Pete Bottoms: Hey, Earl
Earl McGraw: Yes, sir.
Pete Bottoms: What do ya know?
Earl McGraw: Well, it's a hot goddam day

User Review

Enjoyable, but leaves you puzzled.

Rating: 8/10

I enjoyed this film, but I was left a little puzzled at the end by what I'd just watched in terms of what type of movie this is.

It starts off as a very Tarantino-esquire film, it's clear that he wrote it as his famous dialogue is present. It's an enjoyable crime thriller much along the lines of Tarantino's other works (such as Pulp Fiction & Reservoir Dogs) but with a bit of Robert Rodriguez flare shown during the action sequences.

Then with about 50-ish minutes left, the style film changes entirely. It becomes another film, it goes from stylish crime thriller to random vampire action movie. It's almost as if Tarantino left the room while writing the script and somebody wrote the rest of the film for him, it loses it's Tarantino charm and becomes a predictable, gore fest, vampire flick.

I'm a fan of Vampire films, so I still enjoyed the movie, but I can see why others don't like it. The acting is of high quality, especially from Geroge Clooney who outdoes himself, and in parts saves the film.

8/10 - Watch with an open mind.

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