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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQKYIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,136 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.

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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 By Jay on 12 July 2007
Format: DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kernikki on 3 April 2006
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 22 May 2009
Format: DVD
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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Oliver Stone is the guy whose dad was a successful Banker or something and son Ollie went off and volunteered for a tour of duty in Vietnam. He wrote about the experience in Platoon. A different kind of film-maker then. Stone's JFK was a "pit-bull" of a movie that lent clever direction and intelligence to a screen in love with the shallow. He followed up with more informative but entertaining stuff.

So when Ollie turns to Black Comedy, it's got to be good. In fact it is brill. One of my favorite movies for all the brilliant cameo (?) caricatures and the shifting characters who respond differently depending on who they are talking to (as do most of us in life)- Everyone is inconsistent. The cast list is stellar for the 90's. Almost every face was an A lister. It may be a dark and twisted morality tale - but you die laughing - especially at Joachim Pheonix's local teen bully. Worth watching to see that alone. Even a one second shot of a bad guys tattoo is one of the most memorable tattoos that you'll ever see. Why don't they pass a law that says no one can direct a movie until they are as smart as Stone?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liam O'Shea on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
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 By Ms. S. Forbes on 16 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
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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