Connect with us


Kalifornia (1993, Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis)



Brian Kessler (David Duchovny) and Carrie Lauglin (Michelle Forbes) are American liberals – young, intelligent, socially aware. Brian is working on an academic study of serial killers. He takes an undeniable erotic pleasure in visiting murder scenes, and his gruesome dinner-table tales are an endless amusement for their friends. Carrie, meanwhile, is a photographer whose ‘art’ imagery explores the bizarre physical attraction of opposites. But how far, we might ask, is she at ease with her own sexuality?

They decide to move out to California. They enjoy the frission of danger in doing something different, exploring the unpredictable. Or of talking about it, at least. If only they knew how far they were tempting fate… By contrast, Early Grayce (Brad Pitt) and Adele Corners (Juliette Lewis) are losers. Early is a drifter, on parole for violent assault, a king-size chip on his shoulder. She is barely 17, poor uneducated white trash, but as pretty as they come. When Brian advertises for passengers to share the cost of the California trip, it’s Early and Adele who are first to call.

Out on the road they take stock of each other, this strange mix of people who providence has thrown together. Brian and Carrie are polite but superior. Privately mocking the down-home accents and lousy table manners – even if, from a safe distance, Carrie might get off on Early’s undeniable physicality. But while Adele is knocked out by Carrie’s sophistication, Early himself remains as strangely indifferent to her as he is to the murder sites they call in on en route. He has other things on his mind. The landlord he killed before they fled California. The rock he dropped on a car on the freeway. The guy he stabbed in a gas-station washroom as the others waited in the Lincoln.

With his doped-out ideas about doorways to other dimensions, Early is a mess and a highly dangerous one, a psychopath straight out of Brian’s thesis. And Brian, for all his claims to liberal understanding, is too dumb to see it. It’s absurd – they go out drinking together, good buddies, as their women talk like sisters. And all the time the viewer learns about attractions – between men, between women, between Adele and Early (‘Most of the time he treats me pretty good’), between killer and victim. The spell has to break, of course. Early kills someone right in front of their eyes and the rules are instantly changed. Out of the Lincoln’s windows go the liberal posturings. How can they rationalise the violently irrational, now that it is sitting in the back seat with a .45? As the ride to California becomes an excursion into madness, and random slaughter, they are thrust against the bleak underside of human nature with a force that no amount of hip intellectualising can have prepared them for…


production details
US | 117 minutes | 1993
Director: Dominic Sena
Script: Stephen Levy, Tim Metcalfe,

Brad Pitt as Early Grayce
David Duchovny as Brian Kessler
Juliette Lewis as Adele Corners
Michelle Forbes as Carrie Laughlin
Sierra Pecheur as Mrs. Musgrave
John Dullaghan as Mr. Musgrave
Kathy Larson as Teenage Girl
David Milford as Driver
Judson Vaughn as Parole Officer
John Zarchen as Peter
David Rose as Eric
Loanne Bishop as Female Officer
Ron Kuhlman as Male Officer


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation
News6 hours ago

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation: Wearable Muscles (CBS Saturday March 2, 2024)

At 11:30 AM on Saturday March 2nd, CBS presents a new episode of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation titled “Wearable...

Mission Unstoppable Mission Unstoppable
News6 hours ago

Mission Unstoppable: Gibbons, Glowing Liquid, and Geomorphology (CBS Saturday March 2, 2024)

Mission Unstoppable airs a brand new episode titled “Gibbons, Glowing Liquid, and Geomorphology” on CBS at 12:00 PM on Saturday...

Hope in the Wild Hope in the Wild
News6 hours ago

Hope in the Wild: Owl Aboard (CBS Saturday March 2, 2024)

Hope in the Wild returns with a heartwarming new episode titled “Owl Aboard!” airing on CBS at 12:30 PM on...

48 Hours 48 Hours
News6 hours ago

48 Hours: The Menendez Brothers’ Fight for Freedom (CBS Saturday March 2, 2024)

On March 2, 2024, viewers can watch a special episode of 48 Hours on CBS and Paramount+, titled “The Menendez...

The Pioneer Woman The Pioneer Woman
News7 hours ago

The Pioneer Woman: Perfect for Two (Food Network March 2, 2024)

Fans of The Pioneer Woman are in for a treat with the upcoming episode titled “Perfect for Two.” Ree Drummond,...

Hard Truths of Conservation Hard Truths of Conservation
News7 hours ago

Hard Truths of Conservation: Hunting in the Kiwi Wilds (HISTORY March 2, 2024)

On Saturday March 2nd at 9:00 AM., History Channel presents a new episode of Hard Truths of Conservation titled “Hunting...

My Classic Car My Classic Car
News7 hours ago

My Classic Car: Oregon Mountain Cruise (MotorTrend March 2, 2024)

My Classic Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the latest episode airing on MotorTrend on Saturday March 2nd at 8:30...

The Bachelor The Bachelor
News9 hours ago

ABC’s The Bachelor Final Four airs Monday March 4

In the latest episode of The Bachelor, titled “2808,” viewers will witness an exhilarating and nerve-wracking journey as Joey embarks...

Catch Me A Killer Alibi Catch Me A Killer Alibi
News12 hours ago

UK Premiere for South African Crime Drama Catch Me A Killer

Prepare to immerse yourself in the chilling and thought-provoking world of Catch Me a Killer, a brand new series making...

World's Most Dangerous Roads Sri Lanka World's Most Dangerous Roads Sri Lanka
News12 hours ago

World’s Most Dangerous Roads: Sri Lanka Sunday 3 March on Dave

The latest episode of the UKTV Original series “World’s Most Dangerous Roads” continues to take viewers on thrilling and awe-inspiring...

Bangers & Cash Bangers & Cash
News12 hours ago

Bangers & Cash Series 9 Episode 4 Thursday 7 March on Yesterday

The latest episode of the UKTV Original series “Bangers & Cash” continues its exploration of classic vehicles. In this brand...

Dream Car Fixers Dream Car Fixers
News12 hours ago

Dream Car Fixers Series Premiere Tuesday 5 March on Yesterday

In the series premiere the UKTV Original series “Dream Car Fixers,” lifelong friends Sheldon Nichols and Peter Harriott showcase their...

Natural History Natural History
News12 hours ago

Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough: Love and Rivals Part 2 on Sky Nature 3 March

In the latest episode of “Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough,” viewers are treated to an exploration of the...

Rob Beckett's Smart TV Rob Beckett's Smart TV
News13 hours ago

Rob Beckett’s Smart TV: Daniel Mays, Nicola Coughlan, Richard Ayode (Sky Max 7 March)

In the brand-new episode 2 of Rob Beckett’s Smart TV, viewers can expect a fast-paced comedy quiz show that revolves...

Forensics: Catching the Killer Forensics: Catching the Killer
News13 hours ago

The Real Manhunter: The Peter Bryan Case (Sky Crime 4 March 2024

In the latest episode of The Real Manhunter, ex-detective Colin Sutton takes a closer look at the chilling case of...

Starz Acquires UK Drama Mary & George Starz Acquires UK Drama Mary & George
News13 hours ago

Mary & George Series Premiere on Sky Atlantic Tuesday 5 March

Prepare yourself for the brand new series premiere of “Mary & George” on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 9.00pm, exclusively...