Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Chris Penn, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Wright, Edward Bunker

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(9-Great Film)

Cool. Classic. Gripping.

Six men, strangers with aliases- Mr. White (Keitel), Mr. Blonde (Madsen), Mr. Orange (Roth), Mr. Pink (Buscemi), Mr. Brown (Tarantino), and Mr. Blue (Bunker)-team up to rob a jewelry store. The plan is sound. The execution goes astray. Three of the men meet up at the rendezvous point, realizing that they’ve been set up, but by who? One of them is a rat. A great premise for a crime film is brought to life by Tarantino’s stellar dialogue and the actors’ ability to pull off the hyper-masculine posture without it feeling like posturing. There’s not much time for character development, so Reservoir Dogs, like an old Peckinpah film, relies a great deal on the presence of its actors and typage.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-


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