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Miller’s Crossing (1990)

US 115m, Colour
Director: Joel Coen; Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, Jon Polito, John Turturro

Miller’s Crossing is an engaging prohibition-era modern film noir about a power struggle between an Irish American mob-boss named Leo whose authority is challenged by Caspar, an Italian rival who decides to kill a bookie under Leo’s protection. The film’s protagonist and anti-hero is also Leo’s right-hand man, who plays both sides to protect his own interests, which includes Leo’s girlfriend. An intelligent screenplay, interesting characters and a great looking film, Miller’s Crossing is an underappreciated film which deserves a second look (Klaus Ming June 2012).

One comment on “Miller’s Crossing (1990)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    This is probably my favorite Coen Brothers film. Not necessarily the best, but the one that grabs me the most. Maybe one factor is that it is, as you say, underappreciated. Maybe it is that it’s adapted from two Dashiell Hammett novels. Who knows? These things are never entirely rational.

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