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The Grifters (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  4 January 1991 (USA)
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A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

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Lily works for a bookie, placing bets to change the odds at the track. When her son is hospitalized after an unsuccessful con job and resultant beating, she finds that even an absentee parent has feelings for her child. This causes her own job to go wrong as well. Each of them faces the down side of the grift. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Seduction. Betrayal. Murder. Who's Conning Who?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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$13,446,769 (USA)
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Trivia

The stock con Myra describes to Roy when they are in La Jolla is a variation on the "Wire" con used in The Sting (1973). See more »

Goofs

In the train, when Roy is grifting the sailors, you can see that he is only rolling one die at a time. However, you can distinctly hear him drop two dice (out of the frame) to the table at the end of the game. See more »

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Voice-over: Around the country the bookies pay off winners at track odds. It's dangerous when a long shot comes in. Unless you have somebody at the tracks to lower those odds.
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DO YOU DO YOU LOVE ME
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Words & Music by Pete Theodore and Emilie A. Bernstein (as Emily Bernstein)
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Brilliant
29 September 1999 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

Where to start. The witty dialogues, the intriguing plot, the character study, the superb acting from the three protagonists, they all collaborate for a highly entertaining film who will capture you from beginning to end. One of the best films I've ever seen and I wonder why the rating here is so low.


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