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Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (i.e., a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature,Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthroughPulp Fiction,Reservoir Dogshas an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal. As many critics have observed, it is a movie about "honor among thieves" (just asPulp Fictionis about redemption, andJackie Brownis about survival). Along with everything else, the movie provides a showcase for a terrific ensemble of actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn, and Tarantino himself, offering a fervent dissection of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over breakfast.Reservoir Dogsis violent (though the violence is implied rather than explicit), clever, gabby, harrowing, funny, suspenseful, and even--in the end--unexpectedly moving. (Don't forget that "Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack, either.)Reservoir Dogsdeserves just as much acclaim and attention as its follow-up,Pulp Fiction, would receive two years later.--Jim Emerson
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CastSteve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn
DirectorQuentin Tarantino
Genre:  Action, Mystery, Adventure
Screen WriterQuentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
DVD Release Date:  June 18, 1997
Runtime:  99 minutes
Studio:  Live / Artisan
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... my country cousins and I, when I was 10 or 12, in the summer when there was nothing to do and we had no sports equipment or playing fields in the 1950s, just backyards without fences and scrappy vacant fields, and we could have listened to Sky King on the radio or some of us could have watched daytime TV but the last thing we wanted to do was sit at home where our mothers could harp at us, so we'd go play 'gangsters' across the whole neighborhood though sometimes we'd still play World War 2 …
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