Miller's Crossing ( 1990 )
A highly styled 'genre' film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart.
115 min. Crime / Drama / Thriller.
Directors & Writers: Joel & Ethan Coen ( Coen Brothers )
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro.