''Kill Bill -- Vol. 1'' (2003) and ''Kill Bill -- Vol. 2'' (2004)

By EW Staff
Updated August 09, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Uma Thurman, Kill Bill -- Vol. 1

Uma Thurman made our list of favorite movie hitmen

PLAYED BY Uma Thurman

THE LOWDOWN As part of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS), she was known as Black Mamba. But when she tries to get away and get married, boss and old flame Bill (David Carradine) leaves her for dead in a massacre at the altar. After a four-year coma, she’s rested and ready for payback.

WEAPON OF CHOICE Samurai sword, handmade by master craftsman Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba)

REDEEMING VIRTUE In ”Vol. 2,” she evolves from simply a sword-wielding Terminatrix into a woman of surprising heart and tenderness, thanks in part to her reunion with Bill and the daughter she never knew.

WHY SHE MADE OUR LIST As created by Quentin Tarantino, from the Frankenstein lab of his memory of a thousand other martial arts and exploitation movies, the Bride is the ultimate butt-kicking babe. It’ll be hard for Tarantino, Thurman, or anyone else to top her.

EW MOVIE GRADE A- (”Vol. 1”), A (”Vol. 2”)

Kill Bill -- Vol. 1

  • Movie
  • 112 minutes
  • Quentin Tarantino