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U Turn [DVD]

Sean Penn , Jennifer Lopez , Oliver Stone    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Claire Danes
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Clayton Townsend, Dan Halsted
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Gambler Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn) is en route to Las Vegas to pay off a debt when his car breaks down in the town of Superior, Arizona. Forced to hang around for several hours while the vehicle is fixed, Bobby meets first the seductive Grace McKenna (Jennifer Lopez), then her brutal, older husband, Jake (Nick Nolte). Jake offers to split the insurance on Grace's life with Bobby if he murders her, and although Bobby initially refuses, he is inexorably sucked into a game of cross and double-cross between the couple.


Oliver Stone used such words as "liberating" and "fun" to talk about U-Turn's relatively quick production schedule of 42 days. Stone's ideas of film fun, however, are something older generations would call sick. This film is a Southwestern noir tale about Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn), a hotshot who is stuck in the tight confines of Superior, Arizona, when his car breaks down. His subsequent adventure is a meatball comedy--loud, obnoxious and violent, and stuffed with diffused light, a hot cast and a no-fat Ennio Morricone score. This film has plenty of odd characters but you never really find out much about them. Bobby's first encounters include a repulsive mechanic (Billy Bob Thornton under the grease) and a blind Indian (Jon Voight under the makeup). Then there's Grace McKenna (a sizzling Jennifer Lopez), who is as dangerous as the curves of her red sundress. Bobby's got time to kill and Grace seems more than willing. Unfortunately, it seems that Bobby has never seen a movie such as A Touch of Evil; if he had, he would know it can only get worse. About the time Grace's husband, Jake (Nick Nolte), shows up, Bobby is knee-deep in murder plots and double-crosses.

The first 40 minutes or so are "fun" to a point. Penn is the perfect near-creep to root for and as he wanders back into town after meeting Grace, the eclectic characters pile up. But soon it gets monotonous, tiring and just plain ugly. And when incest and bloody fights begin, the fun is gone. If Penn wasn't so solid an actor and able to be empathetic in the most morose situations, the movie would be unwatchable in stretches. Lopez makes another good impression but this is not a performance that stands out. Nolte, raspy and ill-looking, is the Lee Marvin of the 90s. Before U-Turn is over, you are already wondering if Oliver Stone will do something else, something more important, soon. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of twists 12 July 2007
By Jay
When I saw U-Turn, I didn't know what to expect. I guess I was looking forward to a good scary suspense flick. But then I was very surprised and found that the content of this movie was far greater and more interesting than just trying to scare the audience. This movie is showing emotions of fear, but also faith, commitment, sadness , and love. The end was so surprising, I gotta see it again. And I will watch it from a totally different perspective (this is a very rare quality for any movie), and I will enjoy it just as much, or maybe even more. I tried to detect fallacies in the story. I couldn't find one. Plus, for those who appreciate great music, the soundtrack only helps to heighten the experience of the film I wish I could say all the things I liked about it but that would spoil your experience. So take a night off and go see U-Turn. Sit back, relax, enjoy, and let it scare you. It's Miller time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sean penn is superb 3 April 2006
in pretty much any vehicle but this one in particular. He plays a man on the run an in debt whose car breaks down in a backwater town. His attempts to get the car fixed and hold off the gangsters as well as the locals are darkly hilarious with some stellar turns by billy bob thotnton and joaquin phoenix. Jennifer lopez is surprisingly good too although the strange relationship with her father (nick nolte) gets a little graphic towards the end. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Things Aren't Always What They Seem!! 22 May 2009
By Darcy
A fantastic film with outstanding performances from Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight and the rest of the crew.

If you like suspenseful films, then this one will be right up your street, and from the word go it does not fail to live up to its expectations, coupled with a brilliant performance from Penn.

Imagine a town where everyone is strange, and you unluckily break down there, with the only car mechanic being a strange character whom you would not even leave your mother in-law with, let alone you're beloved Chevrolet. Well things start going from bad to worse for Sean Penn, who then manages to get involved with Lopez, who happens to be involved with everyone else in the crazy town.

The ending is brilliant and unpredictable, and let's just say you should always listen to the advice of a blind man!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Superior, Arizona! 29 Oct 2009
This film has been labeled as Stone's worst.

Nothing, could be further from the truth.

The problem, i think, most critics had with the film, is that it lacks the social commentary and controversial nature of pretty much all of Stone's work - however, if you simply look closer, you'll see that there are tinges of the two.

Sean Penn gives one of his best performances as the jinxed drifter Bobby Cooper, Jenifer Lopez, gives her best performance by far and the supporting cast are ecstatic.

This movie is an absolute gas, the ending, the score and music, the warped cinematography (that obviously influenced SPUN) and performances are a riot, and far out of the box.

I like to think of this film as Kerouac meets Lynch, it's a story about one criminal's day in hell. And it works, from start to finish it doesn't fail to entertain or be intelligent. Like the majority of Stone's work. See it and you'll live it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars U Turn, I Turn 16 Mar 2008
I've never been a big fan of Jennifer Lopez or Sean Penn but......
This film is great and they're great too! This film was just one disc of the "Ultimate Oliver Stone Collection" so I had to watch it.
Penn plays Bobby Cooper, a seriously unlucky guy who breaks down in a small "hick" Mexican town. The people he meets on the journey are peculiar at best, especially the mechanic. There's a good cast here also, with Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton and Joaquin Pheonix all playing out of type.
More twists and turns than a "twisty turny thing", this is a recommended watch. Stone's direction is similar to his Natural Born Killers and will not disappoint in any way. The musical score is also excellent (Ennio Morricone).
If you like a good road movie, this is one of the best and I'm sure it will reach cult status at some point. Definitely one for the collection!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very different 11 Jan 2012
My husband and I visited Superior, where the filming took place, during a trip to Arizona and this is one of his favourite films. I purchased it as a stocking filler for Christmas and he was delighted! Not my type of film particularly, but well worth a watch!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film noir in colour (& filters) 10 Nov 2008
Stone used such words as "liberating" and "fun" to talk about U Turn's relatively quick production schedule of 50 days. Oliver Stone crawls through Quentin Tarentino's home turf here in this grat 1988 movie. It is as black and violent as a film can be, sort of Pulp Fiction meets Reservoir Dogs in the heat. Brilliant casting makes U Turn sizzle like roadkill on an Arizona blacktop. Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Bob Thornton, and Nick Nolte, John Voight dig right to the heart of human darkness, and then some.....

Surely many viewers will find the level of violence (Nick Nolte - "Let him watch") and the completely depraved characters unappealing at best--my ex-girlfriend walked away less than halfway through this classic 1988 movie. Did i mention the fat cow is my ex??

Anyhoo, I was riveted by the story, the characters, the action, and the stylistic approach Stone takes, with heavy use of filters and quick cuts to ravens, bleached skulls, setting suns, old photographs, and the like. That approach and the eerie score by Ennio Morricone also reminded me that the old Italian gypsy is still alive and working on soundtracks. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
Dont miss this - I hadn't even heard of it and it was captivating right up to the last second where it all...well, you'll have to see. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mat Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and real black humour.
I enjoyed, have watched twice. Lots of twists and good acting from all, I think Penn and Lopez go well together.
Published 11 months ago by Jo Richardsin
3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best
Take The Mexican (Brad Pitt etc), remove the comedy and swap the leading ladies Julia for Jennifer - then add a darker side with native American flashbacks. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Isothio
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Oliver Stone movie is worth a look and U Turn is no exception.
Any Oliver Stone movie is worth a look and U Turn is no exception. Lead by the eminently watchable Sean Penn on the run/road from a sleazy past, the outwardly simple plot involving... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Ctwilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars "You Understand Me!"
Great film, On his way back to pay off a debt to some drug dealers, Sean Penn has to stop off at a small town near the Nevada Desert, gets mixed up with the white trash there, full... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Mr. Jelly Bean
3.0 out of 5 stars weird? dark? fun?
easily one of the weirdest films ive watched but got it for cheap so it was worth it
Published on 6 May 2009 by T. J. Wilcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir in Colour (& filters)
Oliver Stone said this movie was "fun" to make in its 50 days shoot. Director Stone crawls through Tarentino's home turf here in this grat 1998 movie. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2008 by Bren Ray Cyrus
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