Home Movies Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino’s Film Editor, Dies in Accident

Sally Menke died overnight in Los Angeles at age 56. She apparently went hiking in Griffith Park with her dog in the crushing heat, and was found hours later.

Sally edited all of Quentin Tarantino‘s films, which quite an achievement. If you’d seen “Inglourious Basterds” at Cannes, you’d know I mean it. At the AmFAR dinner that year, Sally sat next to me and told me all about what was left on the cutting room floor and what she still wanted to do to make the film better. In the next two months, before “Basterds” was released, she turned it into a crowd pleaser. This was no small task.

Her death is a tragedy and a real shame. I just think of Pam Grier coming into that hallway in “Jackie Brown” as Bloodstone’s “Natural High” starts to play. It gives me goose bumps. So cool. Thanks Sally.

3 replies to this post
  1. Adding to the tragedy I think is the fact that because it was so hot on Monday 9/27, there were not as many other people on the trails that day as normal, which could have perhaps led to her being found sooner. Also, an AP report says she managed to phone her director husband Dean Parisot in Canada on business at 10:15am PST on the morning of the day she died. RIP.

  2. Behind every good film is a great editor.
    Thank you so much for reporting on the passing of a woman who made it possible for so many of us to continue to believe in the art of film. I, for one, will not forget her name. MMH

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