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Death Proof Movie Trivia

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10  In an interview with Newsweek, Quentin Tarantino stated he came up with the idea of "Death Proof" when he was talking to a friend about buying a car. Tarantino wanted to buy a Volvo because he "didn't want to die in some auto accident like the one in Pulp Fiction (1994)". In regards to the safety of the car, his friend had said, "Well, you could take any car and give it to a stunt team, and for $10,000 or $15,000, they can death-proof it for you." The "death proof" phrase had stuck to Tarantino after that.

9  Jack Burton's tank top (white tank top with a Japanese Rising Sun and a Samurai) from Big Trouble in Little China (1986) can be seen hung up on the wall of the bar where the first segment of the film takes place. It is right above Jungle Julie,slightly to the right of the AMi Jukebox.

8  In a 2012 directors round-table conducted by The Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino said "Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever did."

7  At one point, Pam (Rose McGowan) calls the other girls "double-fucks." This came from an incident on the Planet Terror (2007) set where Rose was trying to get in character for the scene where her character wakes up and realizes her leg has been torn off by zombies, but Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez kept peeking into the room and teasing her as she tried to get appropriately emotional. Annoyed, she called them "double-fucks" and told them to get out, and Quentin liked it so much that he added it to his script.

6  The cops in the hospital after Stuntman Mike crashes his car for the first time are the cops in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), who report to the scene of the wedding day massacre. They are played by real-life father-son team Michael Parks and James Parks. The character of the father was also introduced in )From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) (where he was killed) and the son was introduced as the new sheriff in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), where HE was killed.
5  The film was physically scratched to achieve its dirty look, rather than digitally scratch the film footage.

4  In the car scene with Abernathy, Kim, Lee, and Zoe, the girls are discussing men they have had relationships with on a movie set they work on. In the scene, Kim (Tracie Thoms) mentions that Lee (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has a relationship with a man known as "The Rock" on the crew of the film set. When Zoë Bell asks if it's the actual actor Dwayne Johnson, Lee explains that it's actually just an electrician named Bruce who looks like "The Rock". In the closing credits of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), in the grips section, one of the names of the grips is Bruce Del Castillo, nicknamed "The Rock" in the credits.

3  When Kim, Zoe and Abby are in the Challenger, ready to go on their "test drive", they pull up by Lee and Kim says, "Hey good looking, we'll be back to pick YOU up later!" This was a line in a commercial for a cheesy Ronco product, Mr. Microphone, in the '70s. It was used again in a 1990's episode of The Simpsons (1989).

2  Quentin Tarantino:  [Long Take]  During the second half of the film, when the four women are talking in the cafeteria, it's all done in a single take that is approximately seven minutes long.

1  Quentin Tarantino:  [bare feet]  opening credits, Jungle Julia is constantly wearing no shoes and Abernathy has her bare feet hanging out of the car when she is asleep.

Death Proof (2007)
Not Rated | 1h 53min | Thriller | 31 May 2007 (Hungary)

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson