U-Turn (1997)

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Movie Info

Oliver Stone directed this John Ridley screenplay adapted from Ridley's novel Stray Dogs. A drifter (Sean Penn) eludes Las Vegas collection agents and arrives in a small town where he decides to linger after his car has a breakdown. Here he gets involved with the locals, including an unhappily married couple -- a businessman (Nick Nolte) and his seductive, femme-fatale wife (Jennifer Lopez). A trailer trash teen (Claire Danes) also approaches him in an effort to get away from her abusive … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Ridley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 1998
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast


as Bobby Cooper

as Jake McKenna

as Grace McKenna

as Sheriff Potter

as Toby N. Tucker

as Blind Man

as Biker No. 1

as Mr. Arkady

as Jamilla

as Bus Station Clerk

as Girl in Bus Station

as Biker No. 2

as Boy in Grocery Store

as Short Order Cook

as Grace's Mother
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Critic Reviews for U-Turn

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (15)

The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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It's a disappointing ride.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It demonstrates a filmmaker in complete command of his craft and with little control over his impulses.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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With the exception of 1988's lacerating Talk Radio, U Turn might be the most forgotten film in Oliver Stone's canon -- a shame, since it offers sinful pleasures for those willing to take the ride.

Full Review… | April 8, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for U-Turn

A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you watch till the end just to see if something happens. 2 stars. 8-20-12

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is an enjoyable romp for us who prefer more acid and less optimistic stories. Not to mention that compared with what Stone has being doing in the last years, it's gold.

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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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