Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood’ Hits $122 Million Mark

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Brad Pitt, Leonard DiCaprio and Al Pacino in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

We first became aware of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino with his directorial debut, 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, and we’ll never be able to hear “Stuck in the Middle With You” without thinking of the film’s brutal scene that played to that song.

Since then, he’s been sparing in his releases, which includes such films as Pulp Fiction (1994), the back-to-back Kill Bill movies (2003-04) and Inglorious Basterds (2009).

Now comes Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood – starring Tarantino veterans Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt – which the notes describe as a visit to “1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.”

While Dalton and Booth are fictitious, among the real-life characters in the film are Steve McQueen and Bruce Lee. Oh, and Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski and Charles Manson.

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

The film also stars Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Perry (in his final film; he died March 4).

“I love that stuff… you know… the killing,” says Pacino, who plays a film producer. “Lot of killing,” agrees DiCaprio’s character.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood opened July 26 in the U.S. where it has performed solidly at the box office. (As of August 18, it had earned $114 million in North America. It opened in the U.K. on August 14 where it picked up $7+ million in its opening weekend.) Its Rotten Tomatoes score is a robust 85% positive. The Los Angeles Times called it “[A] richly evocative, excessively foot-fetishizing, inescapably terrifying and unexpectedly poignant movie.”

New York Magazine wrote: “It’s the most fun the director seems to have had in years, but it’s also, oddly, his most compassionate picture in more than a decade.”

Without giving anything away to those who haven’t seen it yet, the film packs plenty of tension into its 159 minutes. There are many outstanding performances and both Pitt and DiCaprio are being touted for Best Actor nominations.

[Though it’s not yet scheduled, you can pre-order the DVD here.]

And like any Tarantino film, moviegoers are enjoying its soundtrack – which arrived July 26 from Columbia Records – with classic rock favorites that are expertly weaved in. The trailer for Once Upon a Time includes great use of Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Good Thing.”

Watch the Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood trailer

The soundtrack also includes the Bob Seger System’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin Man,” Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels’ “Jenny Take a Ride,” Deep Purple’s “Kentucky Woman” and the Box Tops’ “Choo Choo Train.” See the complete listing below.

Watch a brief clip with Pitt, Russell and DiCaprio

And if you’ve got the Raiders’ “Good Thing” stuck in your head…

Related: We talked to the Raiders’ Mark Lindsay about the making of the song and those wild times

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Soundtrack Track Listing

1. Treat Her Right – Roy Head & The Traits
2. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – The Bob Seger System
Boss Radio feat. Humble Harve:
3. Hush – Deep Purple
4. Mug Root Beer Advertisement
5. Hector – The Village Callers
6. Son of a Lovin’ Man – Buchanan Brothers
7. Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course (from the MGM film Three in the Attic) – Chad & Jeremy
8. Tanya Tanning Butter Advertisement
9. Good Thing – Paul Revere & The Raiders
10. Hungry – Paul Revere & the Raiders
11. Choo Choo Train – The Box Tops
12. Jenny Take a Ride – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
13. Kentucky Woman – Deep Purple
14. The Circle Game – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Boss Radio feat. The Real Don Steele:
15. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
16. Numero Uno Advertisement
17. Bring a Little Lovin’ – Los Bravos
18. Suddenly / Heaven Sent Advertisement
19. Vagabond High School Reunion
20. KHJ Los Angeles Weather Report
21. The Illustrated Man Advertisement / Ready For Action
22. Hey Little Girl – Dee Clark
23. Summer Blonde Advertisement
24. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
25. Don’t Chase Me Around (from the MGM film GAS-S-S-S) – Robert Corff
26. Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon – Paul Revere & the Raiders (feat. Mark Lindsay)
27. California Dreamin’ – Jose Feliciano
28. Dinamite Jim (English Version) – I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
29. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Quentin Tarantino Edit) – Vanilla Fudge
30. Miss Lily Langtry (cue from The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean) – Maurice Jarre
31. KHJ Batman Promotion

Related: The dance scene from Pulp Fiction

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