A frenetic, bloody look at mass murder and the mass media, director Oliver Stone's extremely controversial film divided critics and audiences with its mixture of over-the-top violence and bitter cultural satire. At the center of the film, written by Stone and Quentin Tarantino, among others, are Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis), a young couple united by their desire for each other and their common love of violence. Together, they embark on a record-breaking, exceptionally gory killing spree that captivates the sensation-hungry tabloid media. Their fame is ensured by one newsman, Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.), who reports on Mickey and Mallory for his show, American Maniacs. Even the duo's eventual capture by the police only increases their notoriety, as Gale develops a plan for a Super Bowl Sunday interview that Mickey and Mallory twist to their own advantage. Visually overwhelming, Robert Richardson's hyperkinetic cinematography switches between documentary-style black-and-white, surveillance video, garishly colored psychedelia, and even animation in a rapid-fire fashion that mirrors the psychosis of the killers and the media-saturated culture that makes them popular heroes. The film's extreme violence -- numerous edits were required to win an R rating -- became a subject of debate, as some critics asserted that the film irresponsibly glorified its murderers and blamed the filmmakers for potentially inciting copy-cat killings. Defenders argued that the film attacks media obsession with violence and satirizes a sensationalistic, celebrity-obsessed society. Certain to provoke discussion, Natural Born Killers will thoroughly alienate many viewers with its shock tactics, chaotic approach, and disturbing subject matter, while others will value the combination of technical virtuosity and dark commentary on the modern American landscape.~Judd Blaise
Diamond Luxe Edition includes both the theatrical cut and director's cut
All-new featurette: Natural Born Killers: Method in the Madness: director Oliver Stone, editor Hank Corwin and technical advisor Dale Dye unleash the cinematic tools of controlled chaos they used to make the film
Plus: NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?
Commentary and introduction by Oliver Stone
Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers
Deleted scenes with introductions by Oliver Stone
Charlie Rose interview of Oliver Stone
Alternate ending with introduction by Oliver Stone
Woody HarrelsonMickey Knox
Juliette LewisMallory Knox
Robert Downey, Jr.Wayne Gale
Tommy Lee JonesDwight McClusky
Tom SizemoreJack Scagnetti
Rodney DangerfieldMallory's dad
Russell MeansOld Indian
Edie McClurgMallory's mom
Balthazar GettyGas Station Attendant
Joe GrifasiDuncan Homolka
Ed WhitePinball Cowboy
Jerry GardnerWork Boss
Kirk BaltzWayne Gale's cameraman
Jared HarrisLondon Boy
Salvator XuerebFrench Boy
Phil NeilsonMickey's Dad
Red WestCowboy Sheriff
Pruitt Taylor VinceKavanaugh
Peter CrombieIntense Cop
Robert JordanWgn Newscaster
Mark HarmonMickey Knox in Wayne Gale's reconstruction (uncredite
A classic movie with quality packaging and design!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The art of moviemaking
Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
Pure old-school film making. No CGI. Excellent movie, definitely a 90s cult classic and one of Woody's finest performances. A good way to spend a few hours locked down during the pandemic. A cultural showpiece of America.
Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" is not just a movie, it is an experience. It is a wild, dark ride that serves as a study of today's culture and it's fascination with violence. This movie is not so much about the killers, but about how the killers capture the public. The screenplay is masterfully structured with moments of vicious rage, deepness, dark comedy and powerful visual images. The film is hypnotically watchable due to the great mixing of different film formats, camera angles, colors and the breathtaking cinematography of Robert Richardson. "Natural Born Killers" is a great study of where our culture is going. Stone is a genius of cinema, one of the greatest directors there has ever been. This movie is effective, provocative, feverish and driven. It's electrifying. In fact, it's not as violent as you may think it is. It's the break neck speed it goes at and it's intense feeling. "Natural Born Killers" is both intense and brilliantly nightmarish. It's disturbing, as it should be. This serves as a slap on America's face, to wake it up. "Natural Born Killers" is a masterpiece, as Roger Ebert said: "Seeing this movie once is not enough."
Oliver Stone at his full powers of observation on the American condition as seen through a glass darkly. He was aided greatly by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as two young psychopathic killers out to make names for themselves. They were aided and abetted by an all star cast and the ever present media’s search for sensationalism. A grand filmic nightmare from the mind creating “Platoon”.
Woody Harrellson went way out of the curve this one. You have to wonder what it would take to be like these characters were. What's even more frightening is that this movie was based on a real life story.