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Resevoir Dogs

A 1992 film by Quentin Tarantino

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On the way to a heist, three robbers all talked of their love of Kojak, Janis Ian and Boxcar Bertha

  • Oct 1, 2009
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Chances are good that you saw Pulp Fiction before this movie.  I think only the indie film scene saw this movie first before it became in a roundabout way, the must see movie after Tarantino's breakout movie Pulp Fiction even though it was the first film he made.  The wait in between movies was amazingly short.

The story is how a Los Angeles gangster, Joe Cabot has put together a team of 6 armed robbers to knock over a jewelry store and steal a new shipment of diamonds.  The stick up men don't know each other and are assigned color coded names such as Mr. Pink and Mr. Blue and so on.  If they're caught, they can't spill the beans on anyone since no one knows who the other guy is.  We see a plan put into motion, we know who is going to do what and everything should go over smoothly except that one of the robbers is actually an undercover cop and before you know it, the plan falls apart like a deck of cards and there are dead cops, dead robbers and dead civilians as one of the characters puts it bluntly.  Regrouping at an abandonded warehouse, the survivors try to put together what happened.

Tarantino's trademarks of pop culture, shocking violence, out of order story telling and snappy dialogue are all present even in this Freshmen film.  Sometimes the lines are little too hip and the topics are always about 70's pop culture, which by his later movies he certainly gets things cut down and put into moderation so that everything sounds great.  The violence isn't as bad as you've heard but it certainly is harsh at times with spurts of blood with every gunshot and one character even lying in a pool of his own blood after getting injured during the job.  Plenty of memorable scenes are included such as Mr. White telling Mr. Pink to back off or the opening talk about a Madonna album and the buddy scenes of what could be boring or even unneeded exposition or yapping are entertaining and of course everyone knows of the infamous torture scene of a police man.

The characters and casting are first rate and that has been a thankful gift that Tarantino has had throughout all of this movies.  The compassionate and level headed Mr. White, the weasily professional Mr. Pink, a grizzled veteran Mr. Blue, the apprentice Mr. Orange, the aloof Mr. Blonde, chatterbox Mr. Brown headed up by the ornery Joe Cabot and his son Eddie.  Steve Buscemi, Eddie Bunker, Lawerence Tierney, Harvey Keitel and the rest all put in great performances as their characters.

Reservoir Dogs is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again but I do find it lacking something.  Maybe seeing more?  A little more of what goes on outside of the warehouse?  I don't know if it's that much like other Tarantino movies, I'm sorry to see it end since that means those great characters I just spent so much time with are going away too?  Maybe the movie isn't as great as I think it is because it is real limited in what it shows us in scope with it's meager budget and settings.  I don't know.  It needs to be seen once for sure.  For the people who walked out on Tarantino's cartoonier movies that he's been making lately and no matter how good or entertaining they may be, to many his movies he made in the 90's remained his best and this is certainly one of them.
On the way to a heist, three robbers all talked of their love of Kojak, Janis Ian and Boxcar Bertha On the way to a heist, three robbers all talked of their love of Kojak, Janis Ian and Boxcar Bertha On the way to a heist, three robbers all talked of their love of Kojak, Janis Ian and Boxcar Bertha

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May 10, 2011
this is one of my faves from Tarantino....Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill are tops but this is very close...thanks for the review, John!
May 10, 2011
Your welcome. I knew I screwed up some words in here and wanted to touch them up. I hope Tarrantino comes back to making a movie like this again. Much how The Coens floundered for 6 years in the 2000's before coming back with "No Country" and being awesome again.
 
October 21, 2010
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May 10, 2011
Yes it is. I liked this one a lot. Still need it on BR.
 
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review by . January 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    I've seen a few heist movies in my time, but I can't recall a great heist movie in which the actual act was never shown. So given that, Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" - his debut picture - is something genuinely new, or at least to me it is. Whether it takes its narrative stylistics from some other past heist flicks in which the events leading up to and following the actual heist took center stage instead of the actual heist is not of my concern. This …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Not as good as Pulp Fiction, but one my favorites. A great debut for QT. A film that is both fun and intense at the same time.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Greeeeeaat movie. Snappy dialogue. Michael Madsen steals this movie!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Good classic movie, enjoyed it from start to finish good acting great cast.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A movie filled with lots of action and suspense.A great line-up and edge of the seat suspense. A must see
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Tarrantino's first movie showed he had the goods with his inventive script, quotable dialouge and great casting with the members of a gang of thieves out to rob a jewelry store and it going horribly wrong. Some say it was his jump start to Pulp Fiction and others will say it's just as good.
review by . February 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It has the all the makings of a great film but it lacks a true labor of love and a steady hand..
While it has all the ingredients of a powerful and brutal gangster classic   this 1992 cult sensation is just missing one key ingredient, Intelligence.  While it does show some intelligence in its plotting and it cinematography and camera work. But it lacks true human intelligence, wit and brutal style and reduces it's very diverse and colorful characters to nothing more than a bunch of squabbling children with loaded guns in nice black suits. But Tarantino  does his best  …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
Tarantino's first movie is a small marvel of gunmen in a heist gone horribly wrong. Violent at times and others laid back and interesting.
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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Studio: Miramax Films, Artisan Entertainment
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