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Miller's Crossing (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  5 October 1990 (USA)
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Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.


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A highly styled 'genre' film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart. Written by <morry@argonet.co.uk>

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Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De paseo a la muerte  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$5,080,409 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In the script, the film takes place in 1929. See more »


At 20 minutes into the film, when Tom Reagan pours his third drink at the bar, he never drinks it. When he walks away with the "full" drink in his hand, the glass is empty. When he gets to the dressing room in the next scene the glass is full - almost to the top. Reagan only poured briefly at the bar, about one shot, not enough to possibly fill the glass. See more »


Tom Reagan: Think about what protecting Bernie gets us. Think about what offending Caspar loses us.
Leo O'Bannion: Oh, come on, Tommy. You know I don't like to think.
Tom Reagan: Yeah. Well, think about whether you should start.
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A Must-See For Any Lover of The Cinema
26 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

There are very few films that engulf the viewer and demand them to give their full attention. This is one of those rarities. While viewing this film one finds themselves sharing the same space and breathing the same air that the characters do. It's beautiful. It's the stuff of great story-telling.

I must admit, I am a great fan of Gabriel Byrne in anything, no matter what it is, so maybe I'm jaded. And as I have seen practically everything with him in it, I must say it is refreshing to see him work with an amazing cast and script to back up his talent.

And the music is terrific. How ironic to have "Danny Boy"-a sentimental grandparents' favorite- playing while machine guns are ripping apart mens' flesh. The cinematography is superb also. Not only do the characters speak in a language rich with visuals, they live in a moving painting.

This was one of those films where I watched all the way through the credits slack-jawed and was sad to see the film end. It's that good. I'm not especially a fan of gangster films but I am willing to make exceptions and Miller's Crossing is one of them.

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