Death Proof is a 2007 American thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man who stalks young women before murdering them in staged car accidents using his “death-proof” stunt car. The film is a tribute to exploitation, muscle car, and slasher film genres of the 1970s, and stars Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rose McGowan.
Death Proof was released theatrically in the United States as part of a double feature with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror under the collective title Grindhouse in order to replicate the experience of viewing exploitation film double features in a "grindhouse" theater. The films were released separately outside the United States and on DVD, with Death Proof going on sale in the United States on September 18, 2007. The budget of the film was an estimated USD$53 million.
Three friends -– Arlene (Vanessa Ferlito), Shanna (Jordan Ladd), and radio DJ “Jungle” Julia Lucai (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) -– drive down Colorado Street in Austin, Texas on their way to celebrate Jungle Julia's birthday. While drinking at Güero’s Taco Bar, Julia reveals that she made a radio announcement earlier that morning, offering a free lap dance from Arlene in return for addressing her as "Butterfly," buying her a drink, and reciting a segment of the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
As the women bar-crawl to once named The Texas Chili Parlor, the scarred “Stuntman” Mike (Kurt Russell), an aging Hollywood stunt double, is seated at the bar. The women are unaware that he is quietly stalking them; only Arlene catches a quick glimpse of Mike’s matte black 1970 Chevy Nova, with a white skull and crossed lightning bolts on the hood. When customer Pam needs a ride home, Mike offers a ride, assuring her he is a teetotaler and a safe ride.
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