Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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Four perfect killers. One perfect crime. Now all they have to fear is each other.
|They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then there simple crime explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer, but which one.|
"Gripping and gut-wrenching... James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Editor's NoteFormer video store clerk Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, RESERVOIR DOGS, is a brutally funny, supercharged introduction to his supremely distinct cinematic vision, which was later to become one of the most mimicked styles of the 1990s. Mastermind Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) assembles a crew of top-notch criminals to pull off a jewelry store heist. As the film opens it becomes immediately clear that the plan backfired, forcing the survivors, who have gathered at an abandoned warehouse, to figure out if one of them is, in fact, a police informer. The crew--Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), an aged veteran; Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), a wounded newcomer; Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), a psychopathic parolee; Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), a bickering weasel; and Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), Joe's son--begin to unravel as the pressure becomes too much for them to handle. When Joe arrives, the truth becomes clear in a vicious Mexican standoff.Tarantino takes liberally from Hong Kong action flicks, most notably Ringo Lam's CITY ON FIRE, but his ultra-hip ?70s soundtrack and hysterical pop culture dialogue make the film seem wholly original and new. Taking a cue from the French New Wave--most notably Jean-Luc Godard--RESERVOIR DOGS remains one of the decade's most influential motion pictures.
Cast & Crew
|Quentin Tarantino - Director|
|Andrzej Sekula - Director of Photography|
|Karyn Rachtman - Music Supervisor|
|Lawrence Bender - Producer|
|Quentin Tarantino - Writer|
Plot SummaryIn this unforgettable debut film from Quentin Tarantino, a group of perfect strangers have been assembled to pull off the perfect heist. Meticulously planned, nothing can go wrong. But it turns into a bloody ambush when one of them turns out to be a police informer. As the group begins to question each other's guilt, the simmering tensions threaten to explode the situation before the police have a chance to step in. Boldly blending graphic violence with comedic references to popular culture, RESERVOIR DOGS ushered in an often-mimicked style of filmmaking in the 1990s.
Independent Spirit (1993)
|Steve Buscemi, Winner, Best Supporting Male|
|Quentin Tarantino, Nominee, Best Director|
|Lawrence Bender, et al., Nominee, Best First Feature|
|"Someone's trying to stick a red--hot poker up our ass, and I'm trying to see whose name's on the handle!"----Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) to fellow set--up thieves Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen)|