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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Justin Herman
  • William Paul Clark
  • Christopher T. Sadler
  • Brendan Lee
  • Mohmmad Yunus Ismail
  • Kt Yunus
  • Katie Pruitt
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Gillian M. Berrow
Release Date: Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Rating: 7.6/10 by 2321 users

Alternative Title:
Era uma vez… em Hollywood - BR
Κάποτε στο Χόλιγουντ - GR
Одного разу в Голлівуді - UA
Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood - US

United Kingdom
United States of America
Runtime: 02 hour 41 minutes
Budget: $95,000,000
Revenue: $366,612,689

Plot Keyword: planned murder, tv star, cult, based on a true story, murder, charles manson, hollywood, extreme sadism, death, struggling actor, aspiring actor, 1960s, stunt double

Brad Pitt
Cliff Booth
Margot Robbie
Sharon Tate
Emile Hirsch
Jay Sebring
Julia Butters
Trudi Fraser
Austin Butler
Charles "Tex" Watson
Dakota Fanning
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
Bruce Dern
George Spahn
Mike Moh
Bruce Lee
Luke Perry
Wayne Maunder
Damian Lewis
Steve McQueen
Al Pacino
Marvin Schwarzs
Kurt Russell
Randy / Narrator
Nicholas Hammond
Sam Wanamaker
Samantha Robinson
Abigail Folger
Rafał Zawierucha
Roman Polanski
Lorenza Izzo
Francesca Capucci
Damon Herriman
Charles Manson
Lena Dunham
Catherine "Gypsy" Share
Madisen Beaty
Patricia "Katie" Krenwinkel
Mikey Madison
Susan "Sadie" Atkins
James Landry Hébert
Steve "Clem" Grogan
Maya Hawke
Linda "Flower Child" Kasabian
Victoria Pedretti
Leslie "Lulu" Van Houten
Sydney Sweeney
Dianne "Snake" Lake
Kansas Bowling
Sandra "Blue" Good
Cassidy Vick Hice
Ella Jo "Sundance" Bailey
Josephine Valentina Clark
Catherine "Capistrano" Gillies
Scoot McNairy
Business Bob Gilbert
Clifton Collins Jr.
Ernesto the Mexican Vaquero
Dreama Walker
Connie Stevens
Rebecca Rittenhouse
Michelle Phillips
Rumer Willis
Joanna Pettet
Spencer Garrett
Allen Kincade
Robert Broski
Abraham Lincoln
Bomber Hurley-Smith
Manson Family Member
Sarah May Sommers
Manson Family Member
Daniel Callister
Manson Family Member
Zack Whyel
Manson Family Member
Sean Baker
Manson Family Member
Dyani Del Castillo
Manson Girl 'Pebbles'
Raul Cardona
Bad Guy Delgado
Costa Ronin
Voytek Frykowski
Keith Jefferson
Land Pirate Keith
Eddie Perez
Land Pirate Eddie
Maurice Compte
Land Pirate Mao
Lew Temple
Land Pirate Lew
JLouis Mills
Land Pirate J
Daniella Pick
Maria Conchita Louisa Gavadon / Daphna Ben-Cobo
Julyah Rose
1960's Starlette
Caitlin Herst
Starlet (uncredited)
C. Ronald McPherson
Stage Coach Man
Eddie J. Rangel
Italian Film Producer
Richard Allan Jones
TV Crew Director of Photography
Bruce Del Castillo
Crew Member Rock
Hal Dion
Western Towne Doctor
Lucia Oskerova
Jay Sebring's Date
John Rabe
Darrin Stephens / Red Apple Man
David Wieler
Lancer Crew
Jake Ersek
Airport Paparazzi
R.J. Asher
LAX Paparazzo
Jasen Salvatore
Italian Flim Crew
Don Pecchia
TV Producer
Johnny Otto
Police Officer
Mayra-Alejandra Garcia
Low Ryder Girl 'Puppet'
Rage Stewart
Humble Harv
Tom Hartig
Sweet William
Gina Omilon
Script Girl
Tom David
Musso and Frank Waiter
David M. Edelstien
Musso and Frank Waiter
Veronika Mindal
Musso & Frank Grill Guest
Kenneth Sonny Donato
Musso & Frank Bartender
Dave Silva
Saloon / Cantina Bartender
Jason Catron
Paramedic #2
Gary Private
Homicide Detective
Edward Headington
Lancer Borracho
Lisa Y. Sheeler
Conservative Lady
Chad Ridgely
Police Officer
Mark Krenik
Honey Daddy
David Steen
Family Man
India Everett
Theater Goer
Alfredo Tavares
Business Man
HaleyRae Christian Cannell
Party Guest (uncredited)
Katarina Pavelek
Movie Date (uncredited)
Alexander Tassopoulos
Playboy Mansion Guest
Amber Kahwaji
Playboy Mansion Guest
Danielle Krett
Playboy Mansion Guest (uncredited)
Hunter Jones
Playboy Guest
Alicia Karami
Playboy Bunny
Natalie Cohen
Playboy Bunny
Courtney M. Moore
Playboy Bunny / Arianne
Kerry Westcott
Playboy Bunny / Dancer
Emilee Bickert
Mallory / Playboy Bunny
María Birta
Playboy Bunny (uncredited)
Trevor Wooldridge
Playboy Hollywood Actor (uncredited)
Andrea Bensussen
Upscale Business Woman (uncredited)
Breanna Wing
Cheyenne the Hippy Hitchhiker
Christopher Arminio
Street Corner Hippie (uncredited)
Jeff Jocoy
Hippie (uncredited)
Bridie Latona
Hippie Girl
Angela Cela
Party Girl (uncredited)
Will Elkins
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Chase Levy
El Coyote Patron (uncredited)
Regina Valitova
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jacob Antolini
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
John Luder
Western Townsman (uncredited)
Rachael Wotherspoon
Actress (uncredited)
Martin Abrahams
Bell Hop in Wrecking Crew (uncredited)
Leslie Bega
Kate Berlant
Ticket Saleswoman


The movie isn’t for everyone, of course, but it’s a fun ride back to the past with fantastic performances, hilarious comedy and beautiful aesthetics. Tarantino is the one director in 2019 that can get huge names without people referring to his films as “that Leo film“, and I think that’s worth something whether you’re a fan or not. It’s rare for a film like this to be a mainstream release, and in the lacklustre year of 2019 I think it’s about time we got something in cinemas that's original. - Chris dos Santos Read Chris' full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-another-tarantino-classic


If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog :) Quentin Tarantino is one of the best filmmakers of all-time. He has undeniable talent behind the camera, and his movies are fated to leave a mark in each year they’re released. In addition to that, he’s also an extraordinary screenwriter, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood proves once again. His knowledge of the early decades of film is vast, so every feature he produces is always going to be filled with references to those “fairy tale” years. And that’s precisely what this movie is: a fairy tale in Hollywood, hence its title. Let me just leave this here right off the bat: I’m not going to address any controversy surrounding this film (namely, the whole Bruce Lee depiction and the Manson Family, in general), as I’m always fair and impartial to the movie I’m reviewing. Moving on … My knowledge of the 60s isn’t that good. Obviously, I know the whole Sharon Tate story, as well as the famous Manson murders, but when it comes to actual films from that decade, well … Probably, I only know a few by name, a classic scene, or a memorable soundtrack. Tarantino uses his large runtime to place tons of references to that period, and that’s one of the reasons the first act of the movie drags. There’s a lot of time spent with characters just driving cars while listening to music (references in the songs), wide shots of the city as they drive by (references in the buildings), or even just playing an LP and dancing to it (reference in the songs, again). I understand that these mean something, but if they don’t develop the character in any way, then these are just Easter Eggs and have no impact on the actual narrative. The first hour or so is filled with sequences which sole purpose is to show how much Tarantino knows about that time, and there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as it tells a story. That’s the second issue I have with the first act: it takes too long to establish its characters, and there’s no apparent objective within the story. It feels like a person just strolling around with no destination, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. But if you put together repetitive sequences plus a story that no one knows where it’s going or how it connects to the only thing people are actually expecting (the Sharon Tate event), then you’ll bore the hell out of the audience (a lot of people constantly left my theater to get more food or something, and they weren’t in a hurry). Nevertheless, from the moment we start understanding who Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth are, what they do, what they did, and what they want with their lives, then the film becomes incredibly captivating. It’s definitely a character-driven story. It’s a fairy tale where Rick tries his best to overcome his own personal issues to be the very best movie star, after being on an exponentially negative path. Cliff, as his stunt double, lives off of his buddy by doing everything he needs around the house and everywhere else. These two are inseparable, and their scenes are always filled with laughter and joy, even in the darkest moments. OUATIH works because of its beautifully-written characters. If you don’t care about them, then you won’t enjoy the film at all. In addition to this, if you don’t know anything regarding the art of filmmaking, then you’ll probably hate it since it will become extremely dull. It’s one of those movies that anyone can like. However, for someone who knows and understands how films are made, it will always be a better time at the theater. You can love this movie, sure. But if you love filmmaking and you have knowledge of its techniques, you’ll love it even more. There are so many technical achievements worthy of appreciation that I can’t get to all of them, so I’ll just address two of my favorites. The first has to be the black-and-white flicks inside the actual film. Putting Leonardo DiCaprio acting on classic westerns with over-the-top performances is an absolute delight. Watching those features in a 4:3 black-and-white screen, filled with classic sound effects, and cheesy one-liners … Wonderful. The second allows for my favorite scenes of the whole movie: the extensive one-take dialogues. I mean, 10 or 15-minute sequences where DiCaprio just gives it his all. This is how every single film should be done. There’s even a joke in the movie where Rick criticizes a particular type of filmmaking because they would film every character separately saying their lines and then editing them together. Unfortunately, that’s how most features are done today. Therefore, from watching a simple dialogue scene with DiCaprio and Julia Butters (a 10-year-old little girl!) to a bar sequence which belongs to a movie Rick is filming (this one even has Rick asking his lines, and the camera has to go back to its starting point), everything with no cuts whatsoever … What can I ask more from a director?! Obviously, if this is a character-driven narrative, the cast has to be genuinely compelling. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie … I mean, do I even need to explain how phenomenal they are? DiCaprio proves once again he’s one of the greatest actors of all-time. The ability that he has to put 200% in every single scene is unbelievable. I even started to tear up once his character is able to find his footing, solely due to the actor’s performance. The Oscar nom is guaranteed, let’s see about the win. Brad Pitt also has tons of nominations on his lap with an astonishing supporting display. He has a subtle performance, but it’s pretty incredible how much he can transmit to the audience by putting (apparently) so little effort. Margot Robbie doesn’t have that much screentime, but her character had the simple objective of showing how glamorous and dreamy an actress’ life could be at that time, so she didn’t exactly need to deliver her A-game. It’s always good to see Al Pacino (Marvin Schwarz) on-screen, and I’m thrilled that Margaret Qualley (Pussycat), who I know from The Leftovers (one of the most underrated TV shows of the century), is finally getting some recognition. Technically, like I said above, it’s close to a masterpiece. It’s Tarantino, everyone knows what he’s capable of, but having in mind his most recent features, it’s a pleasant surprise and evidence of quality to the naysayers that he was able to produce a film with less bloody action. There are terrific demonstrations of great cinematography (Robert Richardson), and the editing is always impeccable in Tarantino’s features (this time due to Fred Raskin). The score is addictive, and it carries a very significant role in the movie. I would say that if Tarantino was able to shorten its runtime and control its pacing better, this would be a technically perfect film. All in all, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the best Quentin Tarantino’s movie, but it’s undoubtedly one of the year’s best. Filled with award-winning lead performances (second Oscar for DiCaprio, please), this character-driven story is packed with references to the 60s which will be the divisive point in whether people will enjoy the film or not. Its first act is slow and takes too long to set up its story, but from the moment it’s able to find its footing, it’s an entertaining ride. If you love filmmaking and you know the insides of the art, Tarantino delivers a near-perfect technical production. Its alternate ending to real-life events is meant to be controversial, but for me, it’s a vision of how everything should have happened if the world was fair or, indeed, a fairy tale … in Hollywood. Rating: A-


I'm not here to explain _Once Upon a Time In Hollywood_, just to enjoy it. _Final rating:★★★★ - Very strong appeal. A personal favourite._


***Tarantino’s revenge on the Manson psychos*** In the late 60s, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a popular TV Western actor, finds his career taking a downturn and tries to recover with the encouragement of his kick-axx stunt double and best friend, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Sharon Tate (Margo Robbie) & Roman Polanski are neighbors with Jay Sebring always hanging around (Emile Hirsch). Meanwhile the Manson Family nutjobs are lurking in the background, prepping to attack. “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” (2019) is Quentin Tarantino’s 9th full film and, for me, ranks somewhere in the middle of his oeuvre. It may not be as great as “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and “Django Unchained” (2012), but it places well with “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), “Jackie Brown” (1997) and “The Hateful Eight” (2015). A famous director once succinctly defined a great movie as such: Three good scenes, no bad scenes. While the second part of this definition is debatable with "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood,” seeing as how the movie could've certainly been tightened up (there are some dull sequences), there's no doubt that it fulfills the first part. My three favorite scenes are: The amusing satirical Bruce Lee confrontation; the great Spahn Ranch episode, which effectively creates an underlying sense of menace; and, of course, the entertaining hippie attack in the final act. Thankfully, there are numerous additional gems: The friendship and respect of Rick and Cliff; the audacious flamethrower sequence; Rick's breakdown with the precocious girl actor (not actress); the beautiful women throughout; the great cast, including several celeb cameos; the entertaining soundtrack; Brandi, the pit bull; Rick's meltdown in his trailer; Rick finally pulling off a quality acting scene via ad libbing; George Spahn not remembering Cliff; everything (surprisingly) turning out to be precisely as so-and-so said; the allusion to what MAY have happened to Cliff's nagging wife (Rebecca Gayheart) on the boat; the way it should have turned out on that infamous night; and the heartwarming close, The film runs 2 hour, 41 minutes, and was shot in the Los Angeles area. GRADE: A-

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