Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

Actor Rick Dalton and stuntman Cliff Booth meet producer Marvin Schwarz at the Musso & Frank Grill. Marvin has what should be an attractive offer for Rick: The chance to star in Italian Westerns — and play the hero again. Rick is not impressed. In fact, he’s devastated. He thinks this means he’s washed up. As soon as Rick’s outside, he breaks down in tears. 

Tarantino moves the camera low and pans up. The Musso & Frank Grill sign looms over the despondent Rick and his pal Cliff. Below the name of the restaurant on the sign, as clear as day, is this line: 

“Oldest in Hollywood”

Rick’s not, but in that moment, he sure feels like it. And even if he has a few good years left in him baby, baby, baby, he’s almost out of time. 

This is a great movie.

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