Miller's Crossing (1990)
Critic Consensus: Though possibly more notable for its distinctive style than an airtight story, this Coen brothers take on the classic gangster flick features sharp dialogue, impressive cinematography, and a typically quirky cast of characters.
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as Tom Reagan
as Bernie Bernbaum
as Johnny Caspar
as Eddie Dane
as Caspar's Cousin
as Mayor Dale Levander
as Clarence `Drop' John...
as Mrs. Caspar
as Johnny Caspar Jr.
as Brian, a Cop
as Delahanty, a Cop
as Screaming Lady
as Rug Daniels
as Street Urchin
as Caspar's Driver
as Caspar's Butler
as Hitman at Verna's
as Hitman No. 2
as Gunman in Leo's Hous...
as Gunmen in Leo's Hous...
as Lazarre's Messenger
as Man with Pipe Bomb
as Son of Erin
as Snickering Gunman
as Cop with Bullhorn
as Caspar's Cousin
as Voice (voice)
as Lazarre's Tough
as Lazarre's Toughs
as Man with Pipe Bomb
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Critic Reviews for Miller's Crossing
Substance is here in spades, along with the twisted, brilliantly controlled style on which filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen made a name.
The Coens' take on Depression-era gangster flicks, looks gorgeous and showcases John Turturro's best acting ever.
It's arguably the US mainstream's first art movie since Days of Heaven; and quite wonderful.
Audience Reviews for Miller's Crossing
This is a brilliant and highly original gangster picture. It's a superb Coen Brothers film too. It's one of their absolute best, and I highly recommend it. The plot, like a majority of films from the Coens is very complex and twisty, but it makes for some very rewarding multiple viewings. In fact, there's so much detail and subtlety layered in this film that new stuff continues to creep out each time you watch it. It's the sort of film that you don't have to watch more than once to appreciate it, but you should, because you will appreciate it even more. Gabriel Byrne, JohnTurturro, John Polito, and Albert Finney all give superb performances. Carter Burwell's score, and Barry Sonnenfeld's camera work are brilliant. To sum it all up: this is a brilliant film, and a noirish gangster masterpiece.
As for the plot: well, I said it was complex, and, yeah, I'm not lying. Well, actually, the basic plot is simple: a guy caught up in a feud between warring gangster factions plays both sides against the other to help his the side he really wants to win come out on top. He just happens to go about it in a very convoluted and messy way, and that's what makes it complex. They even mention in the film how the character is prone to go about things in this manner.
It makes for some interesting viewing, and it's also a nice study of loyalty, ethics, and figuring out what people want, and why they do the things they do. A lot of the film is subtle, but there are some moments that go a bit over the top and off the rails (John Polito tends to scream most of his lines), and the recurring trope of howling fat men is here (aside from Polito). And the other howling fat guy is one of the few moments in this film that bugs me. It sticks out, goes on for too long, and doesn't really have much purpose other than, I guess, to add some levity, which isn't really needed. There's a couple other moments like that, but they don't get to me like this one does.
All in all, I really love this movie. It's a stylish gangster pic that both pays homage to the genre, and kinda flips it on its side a bit. But, given how it's from Joel and Ethan Coen, that should be expected.
A classic Coen brothers film. Director, Joel Coen and his brother Producer, Ethan Coen crafted a stylish, brutal and disturbingly beautiful gangster epic that has shady characters, dark humor, crackling dialogue, brilliant performances and electric twist and turns. It;s a total triumph. A blisteringly entertaining and powerful movie. An electrifying piece of work and leaves its mark. Gabriel Byrne gives a terrific and riveting performance. Albert Finney is brilliant. Marcia Gay Harden is terrific. John Turturro gives probably his best performance ever in this film
Miller's Crossing Quotes
|Eddie Dane:||[to Tom] I am gonna send you to a deep dark place, and I am gonna have fun doin' it!|
|Tom Reagan:||What's goin' on between you and Bernie?|
|Mink:||Nothin', Tom. We're just friends--you know, amigos.|
|Tom Reagan:||You're a fickle boy, Mink. If the Dane found out you had another 'amigo'--well, I don't peg him for the understanding type.|
|Leo:||[to Caspar] You haven't bought any license to kill bookies and today I ain't sellin' any. Now take your flunkie and dangle.|
|Eddie Dane:||Where did you get the fat lip?|
|Tom Reagan:||Old war wound. Acts up around morons.|
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