Tarantino Slid a Classic Grindhouse Film Into ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

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Tarantino Slid a Classic Grindhouse Film Into ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’
(Spoiler warning: Don’t read this if you don’t want to know anything about “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.)

If you’ve seen a Quentin Tarantino movie, you know he has an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema from Golden Age to grindhouse. He always sprinkles little tributes to the movies that inspired him throughout his stories, and in “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” you can see a trailer for one of the classic grindhouse films of that era.

Midway through the film, Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, decides on a whim to see herself on the big screen in the Bruin Theatre in Westwood. Playing at the cinema is “The Wrecking Crew,” the comedy she starred in alongside Dean Martin. In it, she plays Freya Carlson, the seemingly klutzy partner of Dean Martin’s secret agent character Matt Helm. As we see in a flashback in “Once Upon a Time
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