From Dusk Till Dawn is the 1996 American supernatural crime-horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It is the first film in the trilogy of films but chronologically it is second. It stars George Clooney as Seth Gecko, Quentin Tarantino as his psychotic murderous brother Richie Gecko, Harvey Keitel as Jacob Fuller and Juliette Lewis as Kate Fuller. It didn't fare well at the box-office but has achieved cult status.
- George Clooney as Seth Gecko
- Quentin Tarantino as Richie Gecko
- Harvey Keitel as Jacob Fuller
- Juliette Lewis as Kate Fuller
- Ernest Liu as Scott Fuller
- Salma Hayek as Santánico Pandemonium
- Danny Trejo as Razor Charlie
- Tom Savini as Sex Machine
- Fred Williamson as Frost
- Michael Parks as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw
- Brenda Hillhouse as Hostage Gloria Hill
- Cheech Marin as Border Guard / Chet Pussy / Carlos
- John Saxon as FBI Agent Stanley Chase
- Marc Lawrence as Old Timer Motel Owner
- Kelly Preston as Newscaster Kelly Houge
- John Hawkes as Liquor Store Cashier Pete Bottoms
- Ernest M. Garcia as Big Emilio
- Tito & Tarantula as The Titty Twister House Band
Main Article: From Dusk Till Dawn/Transcript
A Texas Ranger, Earl McGraw, drives up to Benny's World of Liquor and asks for the bathroom. He talks to Pete for a few minutes and when he leaves, two brothers, Seth and Richie Gecko, come out and have two girls with them as hostages. Seth points a gun at Pete and tells him to be cool. They go in the back again and Earl goes back up to Pete. He talks to him again and Pete looks like he's signaling the Ranger, the brothers come out and a shootout starts. Richie shoots and kills Earl, and a gunfight happens with the brothers and Pete, while the hostages go outside. Pete grabs a gun and then shoots Richie in the hand, leaving a hole in it. They then kill Pete and then leave when the fire in the store is getting out of hand. They exit the store and while walking and talking, the store goes up in flames.
The film currently holds a "fresh" rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, calling it "A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie". Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars and described it as "a skillful meat-and-potatoes action extravaganza with some added neat touches". On IMDb, it currently holds a 7.3 rating.
- The line "No thanks, I've already had a wife" was improvised by George Clooney. Robert Rodriguez never intended for it to be in the final cut, but after the line was used in the trailer, he felt obliged to include it in the film.
- Green blood was used for the vampires to get the film past the censors.
- Before George Clooney was cast, Tim Roth, John Travolta, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Christopher Walken were offered the role of Seth Gecko.
- Salma Hayek has a fear of snakes and she knew when she read the script, this phobia would stop her from taking it. Robert Rodriguez then conned her that Madonna was up for the part, Salma then took up two months with therapists to overcome her fear.
- Some of the growling noises from the vampire dog that Sex Machine turns into is from Robert's son, Rocket Rodriguez, who was just learning to talk.
- The body count in the film is 122.
- The make-up effects team, KNB, each make cameo appearances; Greg Nicotero appears as the long haired biker that Sex Machine steals a beer from and Howard Berger appears as the trucker vampire that bites Sex Machine.
- Juliette Lewis was cast because of her friendship with Quentin Tarantino. She appeared in the film Natural Born Killers, which the original screenplay was written by Tarantino. He liked her so much that he suggested she play Kate.
- Erik Estrada was originally lined up to play Carlos.
- George Clooney was picked partly because of his role in ER. Quentin liked the irony that George went from a guy saving lives to one who sends people to the ER.
- If you look closely, Cheech Marin's Customs Agent character's name badge reads "Oscar Marin", which is Cheech's real-life father's name.