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Miller's Crossing (1990)

Director:
Joel Coen
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Miller's Crossing
RUNNING TIME
115 minutes
Producer:
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter:
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Tom Reagan Gabriel Byrne
Verna Marcia Gay Harden
Bernie Bernbaum John Turturro
Johnny Caspar Jon Polito
J. E. Freeman Eddie Dane
Leo Albert Finney
Mink Steve Buscemi
Adolph Michael Jeter
Secretary Frances McDormand

 

Review

Arguably the most accomplished of the Coen brothers' films to date, this 1930s mafia/crime-story is intriguing and complex, and unveiled with a brilliant sense of suspense. This is one of the brothers' most classically narrative films, and it is told in a brooding, somewhat contained fashion which is appropriately stylized and psychologically realistic at the same time.

Gabriel Byrne stars as an emotionally detached, non-violent and cunning loner who finds himself locked between the two leading mafiosos in an eastern-American city. His character might look typical, but he's not. The brilliant screenplay is not based on characters acting as expected by the plot - it is a wisely constructed character-relation drama that combines depth with the Coens' delightful and well-balanced humour. Byrne's performance is one of his best. He manages to come off as a hard-boiled anti-hero while at the same time conveying well-ignited bits of real emotion. The dependable Turturro also does incredibly well - especially in a couple of crucial scenes, while Albert Finney is a pleasure to watch as a powerful but not too bright mafioso. The photography (by Barry Sonnenfeld) is complementing the Coens' stylish visuals.

Copyright 4.1.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]