The Grifters 1990 R CC

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(188) IMDb 7/10
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When small-time cheat Roy Dillon (Cusak) winds up in the hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly (Huston) and sexy girlfriend Myra (Bening).

Starring:
John Cusack, Anjelica Huston
Runtime:
1 hour 51 minutes

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The Grifters

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Stephen Frears
Starring John Cusack, Anjelica Huston
Supporting actors Annette Bening, Jan Munroe, Robert Weems, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jimmy Noonan, Richard Holden, Henry Jones, Michael Laskin, Eddie Jones, Sandy Baron, Lou Hancock, Gailard Sartain, Noelle Harling, Ivette Soler, Pat Hingle, Paul Adelstein, Jeremy Piven, Gregory Sporleder
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The build up didn't pay off to me.
Rachael M. Cauley
The Grifters is a great, one of a kind movie, w/ good acting/actors, an intriguing storyline, characters are well filled out, good "backstory".
S. Smith
The three leading performers are John Cusack, Angelica Houston, and Annette Benning.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on April 29, 2000
Format: DVD
Produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Stephen Frears, THE GRIFTERS is a winner. With three top actors, Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening and John Cusack, Frears invites us to a non-stop ride to hell.
Caught between his mother and his girl-friend, John Cusack will have a hard time to survive and become a man. You can almost touch the hate those two women feel for each other. Their last encounter is really a scene you will remember : set in Phoenix, in a motel, in a subtle variation of PSYCHO's first murder, it is a moment of great cinema.
Cusack is outstanding as the gentle grifter, Frear's cinematography is first class and Anjelica has never been so devilish. No doubt about it, THE GRIFTERS is a masterpiece of the film noir genre.
A DVD that bleeds.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TheBandit VINE VOICE on January 6, 2003
Format: DVD
A fantastic movie about con artists. The tone of this movie is perfect: utterly unsentimental, deadpan, cool and calculated. Great score, great performances (not just the three leads, there are tons of bit parts that are very memorable), great dialogue. The pacing is snappy. I'm not going to say the movie is flawless, but honestly I can't think of anything particularly negative to say about it.
The DVD is a modest collector's edition. Some may say the extra features are a bit spare, but what is here is very useful and informative. The commentary track is consistantly listenable. There are four participants: the director, the screenwriter, and stars Cusack and Huston. The four were recorded separately and edited together seamlessly to make an entertaining and insightful track. Also here are two short but well-made featurettes, one covers the making of the film and the other sheds some light on the work of the author who wrote the book upon which the film is based.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven Doherty on February 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Yes, Echo Bridge (the company who released this title on blu-ray) does mostly lousy work. In this case though, their Blu-ray is an obvious improvement over the SE DVD. Yes, it is in 2.0 DTS. This film was a originally released in dolby stereo (2.0), so while some might wish for the 5.1 that was created for the DVD, not having it here is no great loss. The Blu carries over the director and cast commentary from the DVD, as well as most of the other extras, so it has that going for it. As for the picture, this was a straight transfer with little effort put into cleaning it up, so yes, there are dust specs here and there but comparing this against my DVD, the picture is absolutely improved; depth, sharpness, detail are all improved upon. And because they did nothing but a straight transfer, there is no sign they used DNR on this. It looks like the film (grain and all) that it actually is. A film from the 90's shouldnt look like it was shot on hi-rez digital. Could it have been better? Sure, but what do you want for a $5 budget release? The bottom line is that it IS an improvement over the DVD. Im glad to have this great film looking the best it ever has.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Center on March 24, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've never been a John Cusack fan, but he's utterly riveting in the role of a coming-of-age grifter caught between two indelible women. Annette Bening, at least here, is a pure force of nature, a sexy tsunami overwhelming everything in her path. And Anjelica Huston??? Her entire career has been one splendid performance after another, and this is one of her finest. You simply cannot take your eyes off her. The interaction of these three is one of the best examples of ensemble acting outside of an Altman film. And the little subtleties around these three -- from the brilliant set piece of the orange scene to the almost-identical dresses worn by Lily and Myra to Elmer Bernstein's moody score -- make The Grifters a compelling experience. The only disappointment is that the CD has NO extras at all, but you could certainly make the case that this is a movie that can stand completely on its own.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By William M. Brady on February 3, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This item is already available at Best Buy stores. I bought one on Jan 31 for $5.99 thinking it was a real bargain. It wasn't.
The first thing I noticed on the box cover when I got home was that it was in Dolby 2.0, not Dolby 5.1 like the original DVD. The video itself looked like a direct un-remastered film tranfer with all its faults: dirt, scratches, jumpy frame movement, grainy dark areas, etc.
The original DVD had 22 scene selections. This blu-ray version has about half that number and none of them are related to any particular track like the original. The original DVD had a French language track, but this one has none, nor does it have any subtitles. The only extra is a director's commentary track, but the original had that and much more.
If you don't care about these things, go ahead and buy it. I wouldn't.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loulou777 on January 3, 2005
Format: DVD
The Grifters is one of the most underrated films ever made in my opinion.

Oedipal conflicts simmer and ultimately boil over in a timeless American landscape populated by small time con artists, a brutal mafia boss and a dysfunctional mother and son whose reunion initiates many of the diverse plot twists and turns.

Houston's masterful performance is delivered with such blistering intensity that you can smell the burning celluloid as she wiggles her way across the screen.

The other performances are very fine indeed, this is definitely a movie that connoisseurs of fine acting will enjoy.

The pace is fast moving and engaging, the filmic equivalent of a page-turner, I'm easily bored and distracted, and this movie had me gripped until the final incredible scene.

One of the things I really appreciate about The Grifters are the way that the frailty of the human body is communicated realistically. No chairs splintering over people's heads or men punching each other repeatedly in the face before getting up again for more.

A swift pool cue handle jammed into in the guts is enough to cause a critical organ rupture, a small burn on the back of the hand is agonising and the damage done by a drinking glass is unimaginably worse than intended. I'm not going to even discuss the terrifying scene involving a bag of oranges. Just like in real life, violence is swift, unpredictable and causes all kinds of visible and hidden damage.

The other thing I really liked was the way that each of the characters had different personas depending on who they were relating to and the situation they found themselves in.
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