Friday, December 18 - Saturday, December 19, 2015
“Tarantino’s powerful homage/reworking of the heist-gone-wrong thriller – stealing ideas from Kubrick’s The Killing and Scorsese’s Mean Streets, among others – is probably the final word (or frame) on the subject. A bunch of colour-coded crooks (Mr White, Mr Pink, etc), previously unknown to each other, chosen and named by ageing capo Joe Cabot (Tierney) and his son Nice Guy Eddie (Penn), execute a jewellery robbery. The job done, the getaway fucked up, they reassemble at a warehouse to get what’s coming to them. Tarantino engineers their demise from the interaction of their character flaws – there is certainly no honour among these talkative thieves – with the inexorable logic of a chess grandmaster. Despite the clockwork theatrical dynamics – most of the action is restricted to the warehouse – the film packs a massive punch. It’s violent, intelligent, well written (by Tarantino) and acted (Buscemi, Roth and Penn take the prizes). A tour de force.” – Time Out (London)
- Country USA
- Rating R
- Year 1992
- Running Time 100 minutes
- Director Quentin Tarantino
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