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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

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After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (character The Bride) (as Q) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... The Bride
Lucy Liu ... O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox ... Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah ... Elle Driver
David Carradine ... Bill
Michael Madsen ... Budd
Julie Dreyfus ... Sofie Fatale
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Gogo Yubari
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
Chia-Hui Liu ... Johnny Mo (as Gordon Liu)
Michael Parks ... Earl McGraw
Michael Bowen ... Buck
Jun Kunimura ... Boss Tanaka
Kenji Ohba Kenji Ohba ... Bald Guy (Sushi Shop) (as Kenji Oba)
Yuki Kazamatsuri Yuki Kazamatsuri ... Proprietor
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Storyline

The lead character, called 'The Bride,' was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover 'Bill.' Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill's child, 'The Bride' decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, 'The Bride' wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins. Written by JD

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Taglines:

Go for the kill See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | French

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume One See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,089,322, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$70,099,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,949,045
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The Bride always pronounces O-Ren's name incorrectly. She says Oshee-ee, distinctly pronouncing the letter "i" twice. Oshii in Japanese rhymes with the French word marquee. Each i is pronounced, but there is no stop between them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: Do you find me sadistic? You know, I bet I could fry an egg on your head right now, if I wanted to. You know, Kiddo, I'd like to believe that you're aware enough even now to know that there's nothing sadistic in my actions. Well, maybe towards those other... jokers, but not you. No Kiddo, at this moment, this is me at my most...
[cocks pistol]
Bill: masochistic.
The Bride: Bill... it's your baby...
[BLAM!]
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the actors playing the members of the Deadly Viper assassination squad are listed according to their number on The Bride's death list See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a print or prints that excludes the overhead shot of the Bride and other dead wedding attendants being examined by police right after "Chapter 3: The Blood-Spattered Bride" appears. It also excludes the two shots that usually follow and cuts directly to Earl McGraw pulling up in front of the chapel. Thus, Charlie Feathers' contribution to the soundtrack is not heard in this print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tokyo Tribe (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmeralda Suite
Written by Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus and Bennie Benjamin / Raymond Donnez, Nicolas Skorsky and Jean-Manuel de Scarano
Performed by Santa Esmeralda
Courtesy of Music Sales Corporation o/b/o Premiere Music Group / Universal Music S.A. Division Mercury (France)
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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Well made action film
28 February 2018 | by davispittmanSee all my reviews

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) is a unique film. I've never seen anything quite like it. My commentary for this film is almost all positive. First off, the cast really blew me away, each and every actor did a great job with their respective roles. Uma Thurman is a terrific actress and she was definitely the right choice to play the lead character. Thurman commands this role and you are transfixed by her in every scene she's in. It's not just the action sequences that she is great in, she's just perfect for the role all around. And it wasn't just her that I loved, I also liked Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, and Lucy Lui. They all showed off their acting chops here, especially Fox, I personally loved her short time she's in the film. The writing is well done, I especially enjoyed Thurman's dialogue, the well written dialogue and the impressive way that she delivers that dialogue all comes together to make something great. I think most movie goers will enjoy this acclaimed movie, as long as they're not too conservative that is. I say that because the violence is truly graphic and very bloody, but in a strange way it kinda works for this one. I'm usually not a big fan of that, but here it works. Good job Tarantino! 8/10.


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