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Miller's Crossing (1990)

Cast: Jery Hewitt, Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, more...
Director: Joel Coen
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Independent, Suspense/Thriller, Neo Noir, Gangsters
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Joel and Ethan Coen's third collaboration, the gangster film Miller's Crossing, stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Reagan, the right-hand man of big-city Irish mob boss Leo (Albert Finney). The film opens with Italian mobster Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito) and his second in command Eddie Dane (J.E. Freeman) informing Leo and Tom that they are going to kill bookie Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro) because he has been revealing Caspar's fixed fights to other gamblers. Leo informs Caspar that Bernie pays for protection and is not to be touched. After the Italians leave in a huff, Tom informs Leo that he should give up Bernie. Tom and Leo are both involved with Verna (Marcia Gay Harden), Bernie's sister. After a failed hit on Leo starts a full-scale mob war, Tom reveals to Leo the truth about his relationship with Verna. This leads to a falling-out between the pair. Tom goes to work for Caspar, but in truth, he is still loyal to Leo. Tom figures out how to manipulate all of the situations so that Leo survives, but this may cost Tom his relationship with Verna. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A GREAT PRETENTIOUS FAKE! by FFaso August 17, 2006 - 2:54 PM PDT
2 out of 9 members found this review helpful
The Coen brothers are hit and miss, and Miller's Crossing is a phony mess that doesn't know what genre to stick to and fools people into thinking it's a good movie because it has a silly hat twirling in the wind but that is obviously pulled by a string and Torturro's great from the gut, like he's in another movie, one rooted in Realism, "please spare me my life" scene, which the movie doesn't deserve. Watch the great Blood Simple and Fargo if you really want to see the Coens when they're in charge of their material and keep their styles even, consistant, and plausible. Otherwise, spare yourself the Hud-Sucker pretention.

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