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The Grifters (1990) Poster

(1990)

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Anjelica Huston and John Cusack accepted much less than their usual fees just to be in this movie.
On a late 2013 interview, Anjelica Huston described this role as the most challenging one of her career.
John Cusack was a big fan of the book, and tried to option the rights when he was still in high school.
Annette Bening's performance is directly inspired by the iconic noir actress Gloria Grahame, particularly her role in The Big Heat (1953).
The studio wanted Martin Scorsese to direct the film himself, but he personally chose Stephen Frears to do the job, while Scorsese stayed on as Producer.
Henry Jones' final feature film appearance.
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The short opening narration is done by Martin Scorsese.
The Arizona motel sequence, from Lilly's approach through her dialogue with the clerk, mirrors that from Psycho (1960).
The stock con Myra describes to Roy, when they are in La Jolla, California, is a variation on the "Wire" con used in The Sting (1973).
The actors who play the sailors, are actors from John Cusack's New Crimes theater group from Chicago.
An exerpt from The Lady Vanishes (1983) features in the film.
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Character names "Lilly Dillon" and "Myra Langtry" allude to 1800s actress Lilly Langtry.
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Myra is seen working a con at the offices of Coe, Stark, Fellowes & Associates. Tucker Coe and Richard Stark are two pseudonyms used by Screenwriter and Author Donald E. Westlake.
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Cher and Geena Davis both turned down the role of Lilly Dillon.
Melanie Griffith was considered for the role of Myra.
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Michelle Pfeiffer was considered for the role that went to Annette Benning.
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Many of the lines in the film are taken word for word from the book.
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Lily Tomlin was considered for the role of Lilly Dillon.
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Timothy Carey was considered for a role in this movie.
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