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Miller's Crossing [DVD] [1990]-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    not a bad gangster flick

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    Rocky
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    This is a different kind of gangster flick. It is an intelligent foray into the world of the roaring twenties and the corruption and speakeasies engendered by Prohibition. This money making turf is zealously guarded by rival crime bosses: Leo, masterfully played by Albert Finney, and Johnny Caspar, well played by Jon Polito. Tom Reagan, beautiful played by the darkly smoldering Gabriel Byrne, is Leo's main man. Unfortunately for him, he is feeling the noose around his neck tighten, as he owes some big gambling debts that he is unable to pay. Moreover, he is head over heels in love with Verna, played with hard edged, sexual intensity by Marcia Gay Harden, who just happens to be Leo's main squeeze. Moreover, Verna's bookmaker brother, Bernie Bernbaum, played with smarmy abandon by John Turturro, has a contract on his life and is on the run. When Tom finds himself helping Bernie, he soon discovers that no good deed goes unpunished. All this makes life very complicated and difficult for Tom. At times, it is difficult to ascertain who the good guys and the bad guys really are, or for whom they really work, as they all seem to march to the beat of a different drummer. There is more to what is going on than initially meets the eye. Make no mistake, this is a multi-faceted movie that works well on many levels. As with all Coen brothers' films, there is an underlay of sly humor that permeates the film. The dialogue is sharp and evocative of another time, as it is laden with Prohibition era slang, and its stacatto delivery is most effective. The characters all walk the walk and talk the talk. The performances by the entire cast are stellar. Look for Steve Buscemi in the small role of Mink, and do not blink or you will miss Frances McDormand's performance as Johnny Caspar's secretary. All in all, this is an excellent film and another feather in the collective cap of the Coen brothers.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good ole gangster flix

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    Rocky
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    What you see in Miller's Crossing is not what you get, believe me. This film belongs to Gabriel Byrne who plays Tom Reagan. Tom is a hero, anti-hero, maybe, in this gangster film. The Coen Bros, those wonderful film guys, have written and directed this film. You can tell from the very beginning when this marvelous music overpowers you that a Coen film is here. Tom Reagan is an assistant of sorts to Leo, played by Albert Finney. Leo is the crime boss, and the entire city revolves around him. Both Tom and Leo have an affinity for Verna, played by Marsha Gay Harden, though Leo is at first not aware of this. Jon Polito who plays Johnny Caspar, Leo's opposite. John has a thing for "business ethics.", which makes me laugh when you see his temper and his antics. One of the most interesting characters is Bernie Bernbaum, played by John Turrtora. A weasel loved by his sister, Verna, and for whom everything falls apart. The action is violent, beatings a plenty, gunfights a plenty, lots of booze, some sex, but nothing seen. A Coen film must be seen.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Coens take on the gangster genre admirably

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    CrimsonKing42

    Miller's Crossing is the result of the Coen Brothers, legendary writer/directors, taking on the gangster genre. The result is a complex and brilliant tale of betrayals, deception, and the bitter toll that a man's mercy can take upon him. This is the story of Tom Reagan, a lieutenant in crime lord Leo's mob during the Prohibition era. Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito, who is always brilliant in Coen Brothers films, giving what I believe is his finest performance here) is an up-and-coming mobster, who asks that Leo kill Bernie (John Turturro, brilliant) who crossed Caspar. Leo refuses, however, because Leo's girl Verna (Marcia Harden) is Bernie's sister. Reagan disapproves of Leo's choice, and when it is revealed that Reagan and Verna are together, Leo casts off Reagan. Reagan chooses to go join Caspar, but when he is given his first assignment, to kill Bernie, Reagan chooses to secretly spare him. Caspar's right hand man, Eddie Dane (J. E. Freeman, another brilliant presence in the film) keeps a suspicious eye on Reagan, particularly as Reagan continues to maintain contact with Verna and Bernie, forcing Reagan to play a fine line between the many different factions at work. This is a great gangster film, and really has nothing too much in common with other popular films in the genre, which along with the Coens's brilliant screenplay makes this a very unique film. The resolution is particularly excellent, and like many of the better Coen films, it's a very grim film, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the story. This is a great picture.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Miller’s Cossing: A Coen Brothers Gem!

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    SoylentBill
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    I saw this title on sale and couldn’t resist! So many great films have come from the Coen Brothers but this movie inparticular has often been ignored. Miller’s Crossing is their most under rated film. Hands down. This film noir period piece is rife with crisp dialogue, sumptuous cinematography, stylish costumes and incredible performances. The story deliberately unfolds in a taught, thrilling manner which concludes with an unexpected and completely satisfiying ending. Funny, it is not. Maybe that’s why Miller’s Crossong isn’t mentioned as one of the Coen Brothers best. However, if you’re in the mood for an incredibly crafted original cinematic experience then by all means pop this blu-ray in. A must own for any Coen Brothers completist!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    When the Italian Mafia threatens to kill a crooked bookie (John Turturro), Irish mob boss Leo O'Bannon (Albert Finney) refuses to allow it, chiefly because he's dating the bookie's sister, crafty gun moll Verna Bernbaum (Marcia Gay Harden). Leo's right-hand man, Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne), is also seeing Verna on the sly, and when he's found out is obliged to switch sides, going to work for the Italian mob amidst a dramatically escalating gang war over liquor distribution.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Coen Brothers Gangster Film

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    Snacks
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    I believe the Coen Brothers are one of the greatest pairs of filmmakers out there. Miller's Crossing was there endeavor to make a Gangster Flick and it is a success. A great ensemble cast does tremendous work with a unique take on Mob Life. A must see for any fan of the Coen Brothers.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Coen Brothers At Their Best

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    Luscan
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    It's a bit unusual, as you'd expect from the Coen brothers. The Irish mob, led by Albert Finney, is at odds with the Italians, and there's trouble ahead. The script is brilliantly written and unpredictable. And the cast is perfect. I especially love the music score, memorable and haunting. This is a film that stays with you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Coen Brothers Classic!!!

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    zerothevillain
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    Miller's Crossing is my favorite Coen Brothers movie and, for my money, one of the best mobster movies ever made. Everyone involved in the film gives the performance of their careers here. Check it out!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    coen bros

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    BigSexy
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    Miller's Crossing is one of The Coen Bros. most overlooked films. It is probably one of the best gangster movies of all time, enough so that I confidently put it up against The Godfather, Road to Perdition, and Goodfellas.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cohens at their best

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    Newbie77
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    This Cohen Bros. classic is one of the best organized crime films of not only the 1990's,but of all time as well.Great performances by Finney,Byrne,and especially Turturro.You can't go wrong at 5.99.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Coen brothers classic

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    Marv1

    I have been a fan of the these guys for years, and I didn't even know it. The plot twists, the ensemble cast, and great story line, along with the great technical aspects, lighting, sound, music, or lack of, as the case may be, are all trademarks that are included in all their films.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Miller's Crossing A must!

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    mofiguy
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    From 1990 Miller's Crossing is considered one of the top 10 best Mob films of all time. Set in 1930's Chicago, the Irish mob vs the Italian mob. Top notch story line too.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun movie set back in the 30s

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    This is one of The Coen Brothers movies. I think the first one was Raising Arizona. This particular one is a mobster movie set back in the thirties and one of my favorite ones from that time era.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyed

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    Been watching several coen brothers movies lately and came upon this. Very good but not near as well known as several of their other movies. Recommend if you like gangster movies.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Brilliant Coen Brothers Film

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    ScottO
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    Unique noir 40's gangster story, brilliantly written, acted, and shot. The blu-ray version is fantastic. Found it in the discount bin, worth much more than you'll pay!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid movie

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    If your a fan of Miller's Crossing, the $6 price point is a must buy. Solid transfer for an older film. It would need a criterion collection version to get a better transfer.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Film Noir at its finest

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    Aho34
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    The Cohen’s knock it out of the park with their take on Film Noir. Suspense mixed with a classic can’t have love story creates an all time classic here.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Arguable the best

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    The Coens are unmatched in their filmography of creating character. Although an earlier film of theirs, it might be their best.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to see the full-length feature restored...

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    Great to see the full-length feature restored! Love the Cohen brothers and all they do--this is an interesting nod to noir.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting to say the least

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    Stratty
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    This film is busy with character interaction and it can be easy to get lost if you're not paying attention. Very well directed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend