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Despite early skepticism that greeted Miramax's announcement that it would release Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" in tow parts, early buzz on the pic is that the two-part plan works.

When Tarantino penned and started shooting his 212-page script, he always thought of it as single film. Indeed, Miramax still points out that they think of it as single film, too.

"Kill Bill Vol. 1" will be released domestically on Oct. 10. "Vol. 2" follows on Feb. 20. Some of those who have seen the first part say that the first section ends at a natural stopping point--with a cliffhanger, natch.

As Variety's chief film critic Todd McCarthy (see his review on page 56) says, "Seeing Vol. 1, now it's a good idea he didn't do a three-plus hour film. The good thing is at the end of part one, you're very anxious, after a little break, to see part two."

Miramax chief operating officer Rick Sands says, "It makes sense when you see the film, it works. When Quentin and Harvey sat clown, the idea was to preserve Quentin's vision. There is a natural break and progression of the story."

Sands adds, "Our job is to make it work commercially: We think audiences are going to be eager to see Vol. 2 after seeing Vol. 1."

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Title Annotation:Speaking Volumes
Author:Snyder, Gabriel
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 29, 2003
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