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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

US 99m, Colour
Director: Quentin Tarantino; Cast: Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney

reservoirdogsReservoir Dogs established Quentin Tarantino’s non-linear, explicitly violent, profanity-filled and pop culture-referenced style of film making. This “caper” film cleverly recounts the story of a failed diamond heist, without actually showing the robbery itself. Rather, the screenplay recounts the planning of the job, and the unforgettable aftermath – with music and black humor playing key roles in establishing a most uncomfortable mood throughout some of the most explicitly violent acts on film. In the history of independent cinema, Reservoir Dogs is arguably one of the most influential films of all time, and although initially receiving relatively little attention, it became more widely appreciated after the release and Tarantino’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed 1994 film, Pulp Fiction (Klaus Ming February 2011).

6 comments on “Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  1. Sardonic Scribe

    Goddamn right, you nailed it. Great movie, especially the breakfast scene and this movie acted as a segue to Tarantino’s other movies.

    • Klaus

      Thanks, and yeah, it’s a remarkable first movie! There’s a lot more to say about this film, a 100 words doesn’t do it justice.

  2. joem18b

    Along with Kill Bill, RD is the movie that almost makes me forgive Michael Madsen for the unbelievable amount of crap he’s been in.

    • Klaus

      Ha, ha….yeah, I totally agree. Pretty much sums up how good Tarantino is at bringing out good performances in average actors.

  3. Dave Becker

    The opening scene in the diner is excellent: at this point, you have no idea what’s brought these characters together, and their exchanges are hilarious (the whole “I don’t tip” sequence is priceless).

    It’s the first cinematic example we have of Tarantino’s philosophy on how film characters should speak (even jewel thieves talk about something other than jewels when they’re just sitting around), and it’s a great one.

  4. Klaus

    Yeah, you gotta love the dialogue in Tarantino’s films.

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