‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: First Reactions Pour in From Cannes

Angelo Anderson
May 22, 2019

The world premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood just happens to fall on the 25th anniversary of the Cannes debut of Tarantino's 1994 Palme d'Or victor, Pulp Fiction, so clearly the stakes are high! Tarantino has asked that people who see the movie at Cannes withhold any spoilers, but for now we have this trailer to get excited over.

He died at age 52 on March 4, 2019 after suffering a massive stroke on February 27 as his pro-wrestler son Jack "Jungle Boy" Perry later revealed it was a bit of a dream role for him. Plus, Kurt Russell is here (is it mere coincidence that his still-unnamed character turns up in the trailer shortly after the mention of "stuntmen"?), Lena Dunham is a member of the Manson family, and Margot Robbie flexes more of her turn as Sharon Tate. Tarantino has always been a divisive filmmaker, and I think there's been a pervasive dread during the lead-up to this movie, wondering if he could make a film that could survive the modern state of pop culture discussion.

Stay tuned for those initial Cannes reactions, and catch the film in United Kingdom cinemas on 14 August - frustratingly three weeks later than the 26 July US release. That's me. I play miss Carlson, the klutz'.


DiCaprio, 44, plays actor Rick Dalton, while Pitt, 55, stars as his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth.

Written and directed by Tarantino, who described the film as "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood", Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens on July 26.

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