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Miller's Crossing (1990)

Gabriel Byrne , Albert Finney , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden, Jon Polito
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Dashiell Hammett
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Ben Barenholtz, Graham Place
  • Format: Special Edition, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RH3L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Miller's Crossing" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Shooting Miller's Crossing: A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld"
  • Interview clips with Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, and John Turturro
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Leo is the benevolent Irish gangster and political boss who rules an Easter city with the help of Tom, his trusted lieutenant and counselor. But their control of the town is challenged by an over-reaching Italian underboss and his ruthless henchman. Just as this threat erupts, Leo and Tom have a falling out over the same woman. Tom, caught in the jaws of a gangland violent outcome.

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195 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly crafted gangster film. January 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, FARGO won lots of awards, and sure, RAISING ARIZONA isuproariously funny, but make no mistake: MILLER'S CROSSING is thequintessential Coen brothers film. In point of fact, it's flawless, a jewel you can turn over and around in your hands again and again, seeing a new facet every time, each one striking and smooth and perfect.
The script is awash with Prohibition-era jargon both historically grounded and whimsically invented, a symphony of phrases and exchanges that linger and echo long after being heard. (It isn't unusual after a viewing to walk around asking friends, "What's the rumpus?", or to complain about being given "the high hat" upon being snubbed.)
The performances, as well, are individually and collectively irresistable. I defy you, in fact, to find a single film in which _any_ of the major players has ever been better. There's not a false or miscast note in the whole of the dramatis personae. There's Gabriel Byrne as the inscrutable, Machiavellian Tom Reagan, a trusted advisor to the city's Irish mob lord who falls out of favor and "defects" to the Italian camp to save his own skin...or does he? Albert Finney plays Leo, the aforementioned Irish power broker whose fists of iron, vicious survival instinct, and all-too-vulnerable heart congeal into a simply remarkable, unforgettable character. John Turturro is equal parts pathetic outcast and conniving opportunist as Bernie Birnbaum, the unscrupulous, vampirically pale bookmaker whose shady maneuvers set the whole plot into motion. Marcia Gay Harden exudes fierce intelligence and buckets of carefully-aimed sex appeal as Bernie's sister Verna, whose unflagging drive to protect her brother -- even from himself -- almost excuse her twisted machinations. J.E.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THINKING MAN'S MOB MOVIE April 11, 2000
Most people will let the titles "GOODFELLAS", "THE GODFATHER (I & II)", "ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA" and "THE UNTOUCHABLES" roll off their tongues when asked what their favorite movie is in the "mob" genre. Although seldom mentioned, "MILLER'S CROSSING" must take its rightful place alongside the above as one of the definitive treatments of gangster dynamics in American Cinema. I like to call it "The Thinking Man's Mob Movie" because it's a film that requires one to really focus on the action and dialog and not merely sit back in a lounger without attention span and wait for kill. These characters are multi-faceted, the plot is complex and the payoff for the viewer is delivered through outstanding cinematography (perhaps the Coen's best!) and skillful pacing. Coupling their usual stable of actors (Turturro, Buscemi, Polito) with veteran thespo Albert Finney, the exquisitely laconic Gabriel Byrne, and femme-semi-fatale Marcia Gay Harden, the Coen Brothers have assembled a truly great ensemble cast that transcends the brutality and authenticity of the era. Sure, there's great kill! In the good gangster pictures, violence is actually a character unto itself, always lurking in the background until called upon to make a point. In "MILLER'S CROSSING", the Coen Brothers seem to downplay the actual mechanical violence by isolating the factors and sequences that are responsible for it. Betrayal and revenge are important themes in this film. The crisp writing makes the conversation between characters appear effortless and uncontrived. There's a certain casuality in the dialog that belies the Coen's alarmingly accurate renderings of gangland execution. Read more ›
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Hat? January 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
As it's chilly performances and aloof style put the audience at a distance, it's hard to see the first time through what a brilliant film this picture is; but repeated veiwings have only cemented my opinion--Miller's Crossing is the finest American film since Raging Bull.
I think the key to my love for Miller's, though, is realizing what what I believe the dream-hat meant (I'm sure this will be obvious to some, especially those that have watched a number of times, but I just want to throw this out there for folks that have seen it, but don't know what all the hubbub is about--because certainly, that's how I felt when I first saw it).
Whether people wear hats or not in the film seems to represent whether they are acting out of passion-from the heart, that is, or out of mind--thinking logically, or unemotionally.
Tom's conflict in the film is entirely between his head and his heart(Verna). He loses his hat to Verna in a poker game, and he goes back to her apartment to get it--and it is left on the sill while they fool around. And Tom says about his dream: "There's nothing more foolish than a man chasing his hat." Ultimately, Tom chooses mind over heart in the end--or does he? The final shot shows him methodically putting his hat on so low that we can't even see his eyes, so he seems to make the cold choice of pure logic--but then, as he looks after Leo leaving (Leo, who has been hatless throughout, pure emotion, has now learned something--and he is wearing a yarmulke), the camera sneaks in under the brim of Tom's hat to see his eyes. It is rare for a movie to understand its character's so well. Wonderful filmmaking
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend
Not a family movie.
Published 2 days ago by ALI
3.0 out of 5 stars It was an early Cohen film so understandably not as ...
It was an early Cohen film so understandably not as edgy as those that follow; however, well acted and directed as all their projects.
Published 12 days ago by Joseph C. Crownover
5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY.
Fast....Fast....FAST....QUALITY
Published 28 days ago by C. M. P. Prunkard
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
I'm a fan of the genre, the actors, and the director, yet I'm not a fan of this movie. It's dull, feels overly long, and cartoonish in all the wrong places (such as a guy shooting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr. big
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's one of teh finest films of it's time.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Sandwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Coens
There appears to be a soft focus that pervades throughout most of this picture on the release of this Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pen Slinger
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece and a triumph! Should be listed along with "The...
This movie is quite simply amazing. It should be listed up there with "The Godfather," and all of the greatest gangster films of all time, although I am not the biggest fan... Read more
Published 1 month ago by samspennell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
If you are into mobster type flicks, This is a very solid choice. I liked it. Its not anywhere close to the big name mob films but it is well worth it trust me.
Published 1 month ago by Tony Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Keith Price
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Cohen Collectible
One of my favorite Cohen Films. Great story and great cast.
Published 1 month ago by S. Kelly
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