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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
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The short opening narration is done by Martin Scorsese.
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The Arizona motel sequence, from Lilly's approach through her dialogue with the clerk, mirrors that in Psycho (1960)
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Cher and Geena Davis were considered for the role of Lilly Dillon.
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Character names "Lilly Dillon" and "Myra Langtry" allude to 1800s actress Lilly Langtry.
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Many of the lines in the film are taken word for word from the book of the same title.
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John Cusack was a big fan of the book and tried to option the rights when he was still in high school.
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Sissy Spacek auditioned for the role of Lilly.
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Melanie Griffith was considered for the role of Myra.
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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).
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An extract from "The Lady Vanishes" features in the film
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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.
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Annette Bening's performance is directly inspired by the iconic noir actress Gloria Grahame, particularly her role in The Big Heat (1953).
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Henry Jones' final feature film appearance.
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Lily Tomlin was considered for the role of Lilly Dillon.
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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 novelist Donald E. Westlake.
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Timothy Carey was considered for a role in this movie.
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