Character: Early Grayce
Release Date: 3 September 1993
Directed By: Dominic Sena
Written By: Stephen Levy, Tim Metcalfe
Genre: Crime/Drama/Thriller
Tagline: A state of fear and terror
MPAA Rating:
Produced by: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Viacom Productions, Propaganda Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions
Distributed by: Gramercy Pictures
Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)
Filming Dates: 11 May 1992 – 14 July 1992

Brad Pitt…Early Grayce
Juliette Lewis…Adele Corners
David Duchovny…Brian Kessler
Michelle Forbes…Carrie Laughlin

Filming Locations:
Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
Amboy, Mojave Desert, California, USA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Bahooka Family Restaurant, Rosemead, California, USA
California, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Commercial & Savings Bank, Los Angeles, California, USA
Covington, Georgia, USA (Motel exteriors)
Darwin, California, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Ludlow Cafe, Ludlow, California, USA
Ludlow, California, USA
Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Mojave Desert, California, USA
Murrays Mill – 1200 Foster Street, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (warehouse: Bradbury Textiles)
Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Penn Central Freight Yards, Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rosemead, California, USA
Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life serial killer in the back seat of their car

Trivia & Facts:
The locations where the serial killer events take place are related to the names of the actors in the movie. Lewiston Ranch, Mt. Juliet, Texas (‘Lewis, Juliette’ ); Forbes, Tennessee (‘Forbes, Michelle’ ); Davidson Mine, Duke Cove, Nevada (David Duchovny) Bradbury Textile Warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Brad Pitt).

During the movie, Early Grace sports a chipped tooth. Brad Pitt chipped his tooth opening a bottle of Mountain Dew prior to shooting, and decided it would be a perfect addition to Grace’s appearance.

From the gallery

Early Grayce: Tell me, big shot, how you gonna write a book about something you know nothing about?

Brian Kessler: How many people have you killed, Early?
Early Grayce: Well, now, how many people have you seen me kill, Bri?
Brian Kessler: None.
Early Grayce: That’s how many I killed.
Brian Kessler: If you say so.
Early Grayce: Damn right I do. Shut up! Eat your food. You ain’t never killed no one, have you, Bri?
Brian Kessler: No.
Early Grayce: No. Ain’t seen nobody killed either, have you?
Brian Kessler: No, I haven’t.
Early Grayce: No. Tell me something, big time. How are you going to write a book about something you know nothing about?

Early Grayce: Some day me and Adele be walking down the road and we’ll see your book and we’ll buy it and put it on our coffee table.

Adele Corners: Will you tell me more about California?
Early Grayce: Yeah, I guess so. Let’s see. One thing, people think faster out there on the account of all that warm weather. Cold weather makes people stupid. That’s a fact.
Adele Corners: I guess that explains why there’s so many stupid people around here.
Early Grayce: It sure does. You know what else? You never have to buy no fruit on account it’s all on the trees everywhere you turn. And they ain’t got no speed limits. I hear your first month’s rent is free, state law. So I’m thinking till we get settled we’ll just move around from month to month. How will that be with you, momma?
Adele Corners: What are we going to do out there, Early?
Early Grayce: By God the first thing we’re going to do is get us ! a couple of six-packs of Lucky Lager and we’re going to climb up to that famous Hollywood sign. We’re going to howl at the moon, goddamn it.

Early Grayce: Yeah, just like that.
Adele Corners: I heard once that there ain’t nothing on that old moon except some little golf balls the astronauts left behind.
Early Grayce: Nah, that ain’t right. That’s bullshit. The government be sending people there all the time. Just don’t want us to know about it.

Early Grayce: Reebs. That’s what we used to call them when we was kids. It’s beer spelled backwards.

Early Grayce: Hey, if you switched two letters in your name it’d spell, um… brain!

Early Grayce: Is it just me, or did this trip go downhill since we ran out of Lucky lager.

[about Chinese food]
Early Grayce: Smells like butt!

Early Grayce: What is that?
Adele Corners: That’s Lucy. Hey, that’s mine.
Early Grayce: Adele, what kind of cuckoo-brain carries a cactus in her purse? Huh?
Adele Corners: I don’t know.
Early Grayce: Straighten up.
Adele Corners: Oh Jesus, Early, they look kinda weird.
Early Grayce: Will you just smile and let me do the talking.
Adele Corners: How many times are you going to tell me that?
Early Grayce: As many times it takes, Adele.

Early Grayce: I was reading in your deal there how they never caught that Black Dolly killer.

Brian Kessler: Black Dahlia.
Early Grayce: Yeah.
Brian Kessler: They didn’t.
Early Grayce: I was wondering how come. See what I’m getting at? It’s like ‘Hmm?’.
Brian Kessler: Well, some people think he just stopped killing and disappeared back into society.
Early Grayce: That’s fine and dandy, but I wanna know what a smart fella like yourself thinks.
Brian Kessler: I always thought it was the work of a serial killer. You know, anybody who took such time and care bisecting another human being.
Early Grayce: Bisecting?
Brian Kessler: You know, he cut them in two.
Early Grayce: Oh, he hacked them up?
Brian Kessler: In two pieces, yeah. In half. Anybody who did that much have been enjoying it and he would have done it again and again until someone stopped him.
Early Grayce: That’s good. That’s a good theory, Bri. You wanna hear mine?
Brian Kessler: Sure.
Early Grayce: OK. Ain’t you gonna record it?
Brian Kessler: Early Grace’s Black Dahlia theory. June 23rd.
Early Grayce: OK. Now, I’m betting his still alive. Real old, living in a trailer park or something, somewheres. But he’s alive, see. Now, he’s thinking about what he’s done, going over it and over it in his head, every night, thinking how smart he is for getting away with it.

Early Grayce: How long have you had your woman, bud?
Brian Kessler: Three years.
Early Grayce: Yeah? She’s a good one. She’s a breeder, you dog.
Brian Kessler: I’ll tell her you said she’s a breeder. She’ll like that. I’ll tell her that.

Early Grayce: Only thing my old man ever gave me was this goddamn .45. Japanese but it’s pretty good. Go on, shoot it.
Brian Kessler: No, I never did this. I don’t know how to do this.
Early Grayce: Yeah, you can do it. Point and shoot the damn thing. No, bud, you’re jerking it. You’re all like this. You gotta hold it soft, like your pecker. OK?

Early Grayce: What’s your name, boy?
Walter Livesy: Walter Livesy.
Early Grayce: Well, I think I gotta kill you, Walter. How you feel about that?
Walter Livesy: Not so good. Are you sure you have to?
Early Grayce: Don’t know. Wish I did.
Carrie Laughlin: Early, please be.
Early Grayce: Shut up! Goddammit! I’m trying to have a conversation with Walter! Sorry about that, Walter. Where you from?
Walter Livesy: Vernon, Florida.
Early Grayce: Don’t know it. Any hunting?
Walter Livesy: Turkeys sometimes.
Early Grayce: Yeah, turkeys are real smart. Smarter than most people think. Tell you what, Walter. I want you down on your belly. Get on your belly. I want you to stay there a long time after we leave. We got a deal, son?
Walter Livesy: Yeah. Yes, sir. You mind if I hold onto that Bible over there?
Early Grayce: What do you want with a Bible, Walter? Huh? He thinks I’m gonna kill him. Now that would make me a liar, wouldn’t it?
Walter Livesy: No.
Early Grayce: No?
[He kills Walter]

Early Grayce: Got them both on the dead run.
Adele Corners: No! No, no, no Early!
Early Grayce: Come on, momma.
[Walks over to Brian who is standing over the wounded cop]
Early Grayce: Tell me that don’t hurt. Here.
[Hands Brian a gun while pointing another one at his head]
Brian Kessler: What?
Early Grayce: Gotta put that crippled dog out of his misery. You wanna know about it, you gotta do it, son. Shoot him. Come on, lay it on in there. Come on, mean boy. Come on, mean boy. Do it! Shoot him! Shoot the dog! Time to live, boy. Shoot him. Come on. Go! Go, mean boy.
[Brian drops the gun]
Early Grayce: You faggot.
Brian Kessler: Look at his face! It’s not your father. Look at him!
Early Grayce: I know that, you idiot. That’s police in a world of hurting. This here’s a mercy killing.
[He kills the cop]
Carrie Laughlin: Oh God!
Early Grayce: Let’s hit the road.

Early Grayce: You haven’t even said thank you.
Adele Corners: Thank you.
Early Grayce: Thank you for what, Adele?
Adele Corners: I don’t know, Early.
Early Grayce: Well, Adele, it’s for saving your fucking life back there! Goddamn! You were this close, momma, from spending the night in the county morgue.

Early Grayce: Momma? What are you crying for? I’m the one who got hit.
Adele Corners: Cos I decided, Early, I’m not gonna climb up that Hollywood sign with you.
Early Grayce: And why not?
Adele Corners: Cos you’re mean, Early.
Early Grayce: No, I’m not.
Adele Corners: You hurt those people, Early. I don’t wanna do it with you. I loved you, Early. You just be quiet. You are mean.

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