Director Oliver Stone’s U Turn (1997), with a script by John Ridley based on his novel, is a sensationally trippy Southwestern neo-noir—and yet another in Stone’s series of cinematic meditations on the American character. Not a pretty, but always a fascinating picture, with standout performances from the phenomenal likes of Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Jennifer Lopez, Bo Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, and Claire Danes. Shot, in a dazzling variety of styles, by Robert Richardson (Django Unchained) and highlighted by a score from maestro of maestros Ennio Morricone. “An overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown…Stone, working in the dense channel-surfing style of JFK and Natural Born Killers, makes every shot a jolt, a sliver of ominous perception.” —Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly “Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.” —Time Out London “The standard noir trappings are here: the femme fatale, double-crossing, fatalism, broken dreams, innocence betrayed and the rest of it…It’s an exciting ride.” —Walter Addiego, San Francisco Examiner

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U Turn (1997)

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Drama/Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 2h 5m · 3/10/2015

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Director Oliver Stone’s U Turn (1997), with a script by John Ridley based on his novel, is a sensationally trippy Southwestern neo-noir—and yet another in Stone’s series of cinematic meditations on the American character. Not a pretty, but always a fascinating picture, with standout performances from the phenomenal likes of Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Jennifer Lopez, Bo Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, and Claire Danes. Shot, in a dazzling variety of styles, by Robert Richardson (Django Unchained) and highlighted by a score from maestro of maestros Ennio Morricone. “An overdue event, a chance for Stone to apply his hypnotic acid-trip-of-the-soul wizardry to something sexy and lowdown…Stone, working in the dense channel-surfing style of JFK and Natural Born Killers, makes every shot a jolt, a sliver of ominous perception.” —Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly “Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.” —Time Out London “The standard noir trappings are here: the femme fatale, double-crossing, fatalism, broken dreams, innocence betrayed and the rest of it…It’s an exciting ride.” —Walter Addiego, San Francisco Examiner

Streaming Popularity Today: 22241 19892

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Status

Released

Language

English

Countries

United States, France

Production Company

Phoenix Pictures

Budget

$19,000,000

Revenue

$6,633,400
Cast
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Sean Penn

Bobby Cooper
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Billy Bob Thornton

Darrell
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Abraham Benrubi

Biker #1
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Richard Rutowski

Biker #2
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Jon Voight

Blind Man
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Jennifer Lopez

Grace McKenna
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Powers Boothe

Sheriff Potter
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Nick Nolte

Jake McKenna
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Aida Linares

Jamilla
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Sean Stone

Boy in Grocery Store
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Ilia Volok

Sergi (as Ilia Volokh)
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Valeriy Nikolaev

Mr. Arkady (as Valery Nikolaev)
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Brent Briscoe

Boyd
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Bo Hopkins

Ed
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Julie Hagerty

Flo (as Julie Haggerty)
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Annie Tien

Short Order Cook (as Annie Mei-Ling Tien)
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Joaquin Phoenix

Toby N. Tucker
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Claire Danes

Jenny
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Sheri Foster

Grace's Mother
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Laurie Metcalf

Bus Station Clerk
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Liv Tyler

Girl in Bus Station
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Jeff Flach

Yes Man (uncredited)
Crew
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Oliver Stone

Director
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John Ridley

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

U-Turn

(DVD)

1/16/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

U Turn

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/31/1998

Disc Title Front Cover

U Turn

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

3/10/2015

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