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Turning Boulevard is a 2004 American Drama Action Thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Turning Boulevard
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Starring

Julianne Moore

Emma Stone

Joaquin Phoenix

Casey Affleck

Chloe Grace Moretz

Tea Leoni

Blythe Danner

Music by Robert Rodriguez

The RZA

Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by Sally Menke
Studio

Miramax Films

Universal Pictures


A Band Apart

Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) *March 24th, 2004 (2004-04-166
Running time 136 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $53 million
Box office $152,159,460

starring Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tea Leoni and Blythe Danner featuring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Colin Farrell, Martin Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Kerry Washington, Hilary Swank, Justin Long & Katie Cassidy

The film comprises of the seven interlinking stories of seven family members forced to cope with the death of a relative whose fortune has been left for them along with his home estate in Castle Hills, Texas.

Despite the fact the film is set in Texas the town scenes and built colonial mansion home are from Beaufort, South Carolina which coincidentally story wise is where the film's main character family descends from in the story.

The film despite a few scenes is shot in black and white as Tarantino explains the reason being the family have had their lives torn apart from the death and when the time comes in the end when they have mended the damage and fully gotten over the grief the film reverts to colour.

The controversial beginning sequence involving the relative character who is killed (portrayed by Justin Long) is colour apart from the brief crew credits before the actual scene itself which is colour until the truck collides with the relatives' prestigous Red Mustang converting the film's colour to the shades of black and white.

Plot

The film begins with Donald Brenton (Justin Long) who along with his fiance Eden Smarts (Katie Cassidy) are blowing their hometown of Castle Hills, Texas in Donald's Red Mustang onward to El Paso, Texas where they are to be quietly wed at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel in the small Texas Desert town of El Paso.

However as Donald and Eden come to an intersection and are caught up in an argument about Donald's disapproving family and that none of them will be attending the ceremony a truck driver loses control of his truck and crashes into them killing them.

We are then taken to the forementioned disapproving family of Donald's The Brentons who consist of: Casadia Brenton (Julianne Moore) who is Donald's older sister and a former murderer for hire, Robert Brenton (Joaquin Phoenix) Donald's older brother who is a violent bisexual recovering from a bad break-up and seeking service as a cop, Julian Brenton (Casey Affleck) Donald's younger brother who is a recovering alcholic with a temper problem, unfaithful wife Cynthia (Tea Leoni) and their two troubled kids Diana (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Patrick (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), Casadia's 18 year old daughter Amanda (Emma Stone) who possesses an unruly stalker, Abusive Ex and is caught up in the world of prostitution along with her friends and Grandmother Ethel Brenton (Blythe Danner) who is stuck dying from cancer and eventually passes away in the tragic turn of events part of the film and her ashes are carried by Amanda at nearly all times.

The film takes tragic turns as eventually Casadia falls back into the bloodlust of killing upon encountering three savage criminals who attempt to hold up a gas station she is at, Robert finally becomes an officer and enters a secret relationship with another officer of the force but upon their relationship being exposed he dumps him and humiliates him leaving Robert to enter a violent rage and attack him, Julian turns back to alchohol upon discovering Cynthia has struck up an affair with their neighbour whom he kills and then attempts to kill Cynthia who is saved by Casadia and Robert who render their brother unconsious, Diana and Patrick run away from the troubles of home and to the neighbouring town of San Antonio they flee too but ultimatley are brought back home by Casadia and Robert. Amanda's secretly abusive ex-boyfriend beats her into a pulp upon discovering she has become a prostitute but is killed by Amanda's stalker who then tries to kill her upon her refusing his advances.

She is saved however as Casadia, Robert, Diana and Patrick arrive at Amanda's friend's house and kill the attacking Stalker. Casadia, Robert, Amanda, Diana and Patrick with an unconsious Julian in the back of their car come to the exact intersection where Donald and his girlfriend Eden were killed. They assemble there as the scene then shows at the Brenton Mansion the police arrive as well as at Amanda's friend's.

Cynthia Brenton who is still at the Mansion tells the police her husband tried to kill her and the police send on her fingerprints off the murder weapon gun left at Amanda's friend's residence and Casadia and Robert are determined as the killers. The police also discuss that Robert is wanted for the arrest for assaulting the officer he was accused of being engaged in a homosexual relationship with. The police then ask Cynthia as to where they would be and they take off and the film ends with Casadia, Robert, Diana, Amanda, Patrick and the unconsious on the ground Julian at the intersection awaiting the coming police whose sirens grow louder as the scene goes from Black and White to colour.

Cast

  • Julianne Moore as Casadia Brenton
  • Emma Stone as Amanda Brenton
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Robert Brenton
  • Casey Affleck as Julian Brenton
  • Chloe Grace Moretz as Diana Brenton
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Lesbian Psychologist Andretta La Muersa
  • Tea Leoni as Cynthia Brenton
  • Blythe Danner as Grandma Ethel Brenton
  • Justin Long as Dead Donald Brenton
  • Katie Cassidy as Dead Eden Smarts
  • Julie Dreyfus as Miss Bernard
  • Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick as Patrick Brenton
  • Rose Byrne as Lost Her Grandmother Nurse Whitney Baylock
  • Alicia Vikander as Amanda's Bestfriend Aries Robertson
  • Jazz Raycole as Amanda's Prostitute Friend Lisa Torres
  • Aimee Carrerro as Amanda's Prostitute Friend Callie Pices
  • Nikki SooHoo as Amanda's Prostitute Friend Miranda Capricorn
  • Michael Parks as Stand In San Antonio Sheriff Earl McGraw/ Officer dealing with klepto kids Diana and Patrick Brenton
  • Brian McNamara as David Lantono Robertson
  • Anne Marie-Johnson as Judith Robertson
  • Dash Mihok as Officer Rambodi Damberts/ Robert's Gay Lover
  • Jay R. Ferguson as Officer Indo Wuerton
  • Romain Duris as Officer Campbell Deckson
  • Carrie Brownstein as Officer Claire Littleson/ Lesbian Girlfriend of Psychologist Andretta La Muersa
  • Tami Erin as Museum Curator
  • Joy Bryant as Officer Lena Borlace
  • Zoe McLellan as Officer Regina Spark
  • Kenneth Mitchell as Officer Rolston Burdbank
  • Lisa Brenner as Officer Tamara Nicolette
  • Isaiah Mustafa as Officer Royce Bruton
  • Michelle Krusieck as Officer Fantona Morona
  • David Dencik as Sheriff Lloyd Nobbleton
  • Dylan Baker as Fast Edward Cavallan

And Introducing

  • Johnny Depp as The Abusive Ex
  • Colin Farrell as The Lover Neighbour
  • Martin Lawrence as the Attorney
  • Julia Roberts & Kerry Washington as Keen-Green Grocer Lovers Juliette and Julianna
  • Jonah Hill as the Stalker

Connections

Turning Boulevard connects via actor Michael Park's character Sheriff Earl McGraw to a couple of other Tarantino's works and Robert Rodriquez's in the following ways as well as connecting to Tarantino's later following 2013 Slasher Thriller film Soap, Wash, Cleanse, Pain, Magic, Star.

  • The character Sheriff Earl McGraw portrayed by Michael Parks first appeared in Robert Rodriquez's From Dusk Till Dawn which Tarantino served as a main character in
  • The character Sheriff Earl McGraw also appeared alongside his son character Edgar McGraw in Kill Bill Vol.1 investigating the Two Pines Wedding Chapel Massacre in El Paso, Texas.
  • Sheriff Earl McGraw mentions his officer son Edgar is busy investigating into a serial killer who has bumped off a ballet dancer, drug addict low-life, female lawyor turned landlord and young 16 year old kid which serves as a reference to Tarantino's following thriller slasher film Soap, Wash, Cleanse, Pain, Magic, Star
  • Sheriff Earl McGraw appeared in Robert Rodriquez's Grindhouse segment Planet Terror alongside his daughter character Dakota and wife.
  • Sheriff Earl McGraw appeared in Tarantino's Grindhouse segment Death Proof alongside Edgar McGraw and his daughter Dakota
  • Martin Lawrence and Chloe Grace Moretz both appeared in Big Momma's House 2

References

  • The Hustler (1961)- Smoke filled bar with bar appearing in Robert enters the wrong bar sequence, Pool Player named Fast Edward
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)- The Line what kind of man are you is uttered by Casadia to the Absusive Ex
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips- (1939)- The two Brenton children attend the aptly named Brookfield school
  • All About Eve (1959)- Julian codly states regarding on Donald and Eden's accident that they should of fastened their seatbelts and that they are all in for a bumpy ride, plus Cynthia Brenton in her affair with the across the street neighbour pretends she is not married and her last name is indeed Harrington
  • 12 Angry Men (1957)- Casadia asks as to where is the trial full of forward standing angry men number total being 12
  • A Night To Remember (1958)- The film is being watched by all three Brenton children in the lounge room of the Brenton home in one scene
  • All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)- The disillusionment of Robert Brenton matches that of the Western Front films young soldier protagonist. In fact Robert's disillusionment is directly taken from the film
  • Eyes Without A Face (1960)- The Abusive Ex when he comes for Amanda confesses to killing a girl from Austin who looked a great deal like her, he confesses he took her from her bedroom kept her in his home basement for a couple of weeks and then cut off her face placing it on a mannequin doll which he states is his perfect version for her. In the film Eyes Without A Face a surgeon along with his female secretary abduct young women and hack off their faces trying to find one to fit the disfigured surgeon's daughter. The abusive ex also happens to be a surgeon
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923 Short Film)- Short film Tarantino told actress Tea Leoni to watch to prepare her for role as Cynthia Brenton
  • Sherlock Jr. (1924)- Diana Brenton remarks to Patrick Brenton "Who The F*ck are you? Sherlock Jr.
  • Battleship Potemkin (1925)- The director of the film S.M Eisenstein along with the film are named as favourites by Casadia Brenton
  • Metropolis (1927)- Robert remarks to Casadia he sees a futuristic Metropolis
  • Sunrise (1927)- Once Cynthia reveals to the across the street neighbour she is having an affair with him and she's stuck with a man who she's not in love with and can't seem to get away from he states she should simply drown him
  • M (1931)- Once Diana and Patrick Brenton go on their klepto rampage across town visiting Sheriff Earl McGraw mentions to visiting son officer Edgar that there is a reported child murderer in the vicinity and that they should hurry to catch these two troublemaking kids before they get themselves into more of a bind then they know
  • It Happened One Night (1934)- Cynthia Brenton represents the female protagonist of the film It Happened One Night as she is running away from her family and seeks solace in a man, a man who reveals he is a retired reporter
  • Cat People (1942)- When Amanda consumates in sexual intercourse with Officer Royce Bruton she asks as to wether he's Serbian after he answers her question of what animal would he see her as with Cat
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)- Donald Brenton and Eden Smarts at the beginning of the film are headed from Castle Hills to El Paso to be wed at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel. The revenge story of the Bride stems from the wedding dress rehearsal massacre that takes place at the El Paso Two Pines.

Soundtrack

  1. Going Up The Country- Canned Heat (theme)
  2. Comin Home- Cheeseburger
  3. Disorder- Joy Division
  4. For Energy Infinite- Mazarin
  5. I'll Never Smile Again- Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
  6. A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square- Vera Lynn
  7. Frenesi- Artie Shaw
  8. Only Forever- Bing Crosby
  9. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire- The Ink Spots
  10. Amapola- Jimmy Dorsey
  11. Maria Elena- Jimmy Dorsey
  12. Lake Of Fire- Nirvana
  13. About a Girl- Nirvana
  14. All Apologies- Nirvana
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