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Natural Born Killers Details


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, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 1994


Awarded by
Venice International Film Festival Oliver Stone Special Grand Prize of the Jury 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oliver Stone Best Director 1994 Nominee


Woody Harrelson
as Mickey Knox
Juliette Lewis
as Mallory Knox
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Wayne Gale
Tommy Lee Jones
as Dwight McClusky
Tom Sizemore
as Jack Scagnetti
Rodney Dangerfield
as Mallory's dad
Russell Means
as Old Indian
Edie McClurg
as Mallory's mom
Balthazar Getty
as Gas Station Attendant
Joe Grifasi
as Duncan Homolka
O-Lan Jones
as Mabel
Dale Dye
as Dale Wrigley
Maria Pitillo
as Deborah
Josh Richman
as Soundman
Arliss Howard
as See-Through Diner Patron/Prison Escapee (uncredited)
Red West
as Cowboy Sheriff
Kirk Baltz
as Wayne Gale's cameraman
Ed White
as Pinball Cowboy
Billy Hopkins
Lanny Flaherty
as Earl
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Kavanaugh
Jerry Gardner
as Work Boss
Jamie Harrold
as Kid
Matthew Faber
as Kid
Rachel Ticotin
Mark Harmon
as Mickey Knox in Wayne Gale's reconstruction (uncredite
Jake Beecham
as Kid
Jared Harris
as London Boy
Steven Wright
as Dr. Emil Reingold
Salvator Xuereb
as French Boy
John M. Watson, Sr.
as Black Inmate
Glen Chin
as Druggist
Richard Lineback
as Sonny
Ashley Judd
Heidi Levitt
Sean Stone
as Kevin
Phil Neilson
as Mickey's Dad
Jack Palance
Louis Lombardi
as Sparky
Marshall Bell
as Deputy
Denis Leary
Evan Handler
as David
Everett Quinton
as Wurlitzer
Carl Ciarfalio
as Mallory's Guard
Risa Bramon Garcia
Peter Crombie
as Intense Cop


Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
Jane Hamsher
Don Murphy
Clayton Townsend
David Veloz
Richard Rutowski
Oliver Stone
Quentin Tarantino
Screen Story
Robert Richardson
Budd Carr
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hank Corwin
Brian Berdan
Victor Kempster
Production Designer
Margery Zweizig
Art Director
Alan Tomkins
Art Director
Rand Vossler
Richard Rutowski
Associate Producer
Risa Bramon Garcia
Associate Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Thom Mount
Executive Producer
John Perry Goldsmith
Set Designer
Stella Furner
Set Designer
Merideth Boswell
Set Designer
Richard Hornung
Costume Designer
David MacMillan
Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert W. Gains
First Assistant Director
Chuck Jeffreys
Heidi Levitt
Risa Bramon Garcia
Billy Hopkins
Matthew Mungle