- Directed by Quentin Tarantino
- Starring Craig Hamann, Quentin Tarantino, Crystal Shaw, Allen Garfield
- Written by Quentin Tarantino, Craig Hamann
My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) -- My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) is an unfinished black and white independent film by Craig Hamann and Quentin Tarantino, shot during their younger days while working at the now shuttered Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. The project started in 1984, when Hamann wrote a short 30-40 page script about a young man who continually tries to do something nice for his friend's birthday, only to have his efforts backfire.
Clarence(Tarantino) meets Misty.Tarantino became attached to the project as co-writer and director, and he and Hamann expanded the short script into an 80 page script. On an estimated budget of $5,000, they shot the film on 16mm over the course of the next four years. Hamann and Tarantino starred in the film, along with several video store and acting class buddies, and worked on the crew, which included fellow Video Archives employees Rand Vossler and Roger Avary. The original cut was about 70 mins long but due to a fire only 36 minutes of the film survived. The 36 minute cut has been shown at several film festivals. It has never been officially released.
Although it was never completed, elements of My Best Friend's Birthday were reused by Tarantino in his later films; most notably in his script for Tony Scott's 1993 film True Romance, which among other things contained a more developed version of the Clarence character, a call-girl character reminiscent of the one in My Best Friend's Birthday, and the famous Elvis monologue which Tarantino originally performed for the film.
Plot : t's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.
My Best Friend's Birthday DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 7/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.