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01.12.2011
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Back in 1984, Quentin Tarantino began filming his very first movie while working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, CA. The movie, called MY BEST FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY, was created by him and a group of his fellow video store co-workers (including Roger Avary, who photographed the film) and classmates from his drama school on a budget of about $5,000. Shooting was finally completed in 1987.

Eventually, a 70-minute rough cut would come into existence, though sadly a fire at the processing lab where the print was being housed destroyed all but 36 minutes of the film.

Those 36 minutes are embedded below. And as you'll soon see, My BEST FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY is in many ways almost a precursor to the 1993 Tony Scott film TRUE ROMANCE which QT wrote. Even from the onset, the filmmaker's style, signature, and energy were clearly evident.

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7:14PM on 01/12/2011
Oh yeah, and one of the funnier bits was when that one guy was looking for "the asshole"......he leaves, and there's a 5 second break.....and then he returns and puts his hand back on the face "Apartments have numbers." That had me rolling for sure too. Shame you mentioned most of it was burned, cuz I'd love to see the whole thing.
Oh yeah, and one of the funnier bits was when that one guy was looking for "the asshole"......he leaves, and there's a 5 second break.....and then he returns and puts his hand back on the face "Apartments have numbers." That had me rolling for sure too. Shame you mentioned most of it was burned, cuz I'd love to see the whole thing.
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7:11PM on 01/12/2011
As a Tarantino fanboy, it goes without saying....this was great. Loved the early look at his style. The only scene I found lacking was the silly fight scene. Bit too over the top. But I definitely cracked up at the majority of it. "I AM IN HELLLLLL!!!!" and the "Timeout Greenbay..." cake scene. Also, line at the end, "What made you wanna get into the prostitution career?" "Well, I moved out here from Cleveland" "Oh, ok." haha.
As a Tarantino fanboy, it goes without saying....this was great. Loved the early look at his style. The only scene I found lacking was the silly fight scene. Bit too over the top. But I definitely cracked up at the majority of it. "I AM IN HELLLLLL!!!!" and the "Timeout Greenbay..." cake scene. Also, line at the end, "What made you wanna get into the prostitution career?" "Well, I moved out here from Cleveland" "Oh, ok." haha.
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1:00PM on 01/12/2011
joblo has added so many ads and toolbars that i cant really even watch this. just get audio and a new shot every few seconds. he sounds like woody allen.
joblo has added so many ads and toolbars that i cant really even watch this. just get audio and a new shot every few seconds. he sounds like woody allen.
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10:39AM on 01/12/2011

Parts of this really crack me up....

"I AM IN HELLLLL!!!!"
"I AM IN HELLLLL!!!!"
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9:41AM on 01/12/2011

Signs of talent

Thanks for posting the video. It's a bit of a mess but the energy is quite infectious and the dialogue is fast and snappy, showcasing Tarantino's great ear for dialogue. There's no denying that he was destined to go places
Thanks for posting the video. It's a bit of a mess but the energy is quite infectious and the dialogue is fast and snappy, showcasing Tarantino's great ear for dialogue. There's no denying that he was destined to go places
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