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Miller's Crossing -- 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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Joel Coen (written by) and
Ethan Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
5 October 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gabriel Byrne ... Tom Reagan

Marcia Gay Harden ... Verna

John Turturro ... Bernie Bernbaum

Jon Polito ... Johnny Caspar

J.E. Freeman ... Eddie Dane

Albert Finney ... Leo

Mike Starr ... Frankie
Al Mancini ... Tic-Tac
Richard Woods ... Mayor Dale Levander
Tom Toner ... O'Doole (as Thomas Toner)

Steve Buscemi ... Mink
Mario Todisco ... Clarence "Drop" Johnson

Olek Krupa ... Tad

Michael Jeter ... Adolph
Lanny Flaherty ... Terry
Jeanette Kontomitras ... Mrs. Caspar
Louis Charles Mounicou III ... Johnny Caspar, Jr.

John McConnell ... Cop - Brian

Danny Aiello III ... Cop - Delahanty
Helen Jolly ... Screaming Lady
Hilda McLean ... Landlady
Monte Starr ... Gunman in Leo's House
Don Picard ... Gunman in Leo's House
Salvatore H. Tornabene ... Rug Daniels
Kevin Dearie ... Street Urchin

Michael Badalucco ... Caspar's Driver
Charles Ferrara ... Caspar's Butler
Esteban Fernández ... Caspar's Cousin (as Esteban Fernandez)
George Fernandez ... Caspar's Cousin
Charles Gunning ... Hitman at Verna's
Dave Drinkx ... Hitman #2
David Darlow ... Lazarre's Messenger
Robert LaBrosse ... Lazarre's Tough
Carl Rooney ... Lazarre's Tough
Jack Harris ... Man with Pipe Bomb (as Jack David Harris)
Jery Hewitt ... Son of Erin

Sam Raimi ... Snickering Gunman
John Schnauder Jr. ... Cop with Bullhorn
Zolly Levin ... Rabbi
Joey Ancona ... Boxer
Bill Raye ... Boxer
William Preston Robertson ... Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael P. Cahill ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Sean Collins ... Hitman #3 (uncredited)

Frances McDormand ... Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Joel Coen (written by) and
Ethan Coen (written by)

Dashiell Hammett  novels "Red Harvest" and "Glass Key" (uncredited)

Produced by
Ben Barenholtz .... executive producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Graham Place .... line producer
Mark Silverman .... co-producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Sonnenfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael R. Miller 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie McDonald 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn E. Champagne .... assistant hair stylist (as Lynn Champagne)
Lynn E. Champagne .... assistant makeup artist (as Lynn Champagne)
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist
Peggy Hannaman .... assistant hair stylist
Peggy Hannaman .... assistant makeup artist
Katherine James .... makeup artist (as Kathrine James)
 
Production Management
James DeMeaux .... post-production supervisor
Alma Kuttruff .... production manager
Ron Neter .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.C. Barnes .... second assistant director
Gregory Jacobs .... second assistant director (as Greg Jacobs)
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Paige Augustine .... assistant decorator
Alice Baker .... set dresser
John Bankson .... assistant property master (as John P. Bankson III)
Rick Bernos .... set painter (as Richard Bernos)
Mark D. Berrend .... carpenter (as Mark Berrend)
Randall S. Coe .... carpenter (as Randy Coe)
Michael T. Daigle .... lead scenic artist (as Michael Daigle)
Frank Darlington .... set painter (as Peter Darlington)
Tom Dreesen .... construction coordinator
Matt Flynn .... scenic artist
Douglas Fox .... property master (as Doug Fox)
Neil Gahm .... carpenter
Claire Gaul .... key set dresser
Robert C. Goldstein .... design consultant (as Bob Goldstein)
Donald Gross .... carpenter (as Don Gross)
William Hickey .... carpenter
Brian Kasch .... leadman
Terry Kempf .... construction foreman
Chris Kuttruff .... shop assistant
Kirby Kuttruff .... carpenter
Thomas Lemman .... lead carpenter
Karen Luzius .... set painter
Tom Marron .... carpenter
Michael S. Martin .... swing crew (as Michael Martin)
Kathleen M. McKernin .... set designer (as Kathleen McKernin)
Louis Medrano .... art department assistant
James P. Meehan .... second assistant props (as Jim Meehan)
David Menefee .... carpenter
Huey Mitchell .... carpenter
John Patterson .... lead carpenter
Scott Plauche .... art department coordinator
Patricia Post .... props assistant
Elizabeth Prejean .... set painter (as Liz Prejean)
Nick Rippon .... carpenter (as Nick Rippon Jr.)
Tad Smalley .... carpenter (as Tad Allen Smalley)
Amy Vuckovich .... swing crew (as Amy Botefuhr)
Eileen Winterkorn .... stand-by scenic
Wallace W. Wright .... set painter (as Wallace Wright)
Doug DuRose .... props (uncredited)
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser (uncredited)
Leo Lauricella .... painter (uncredited)
Patrick McGuire .... set dresser (uncredited)
Aaron Newton .... propmaker (uncredited)
Chris L. Spellman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chuck Stringer .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... foley supervisor
Allan Byer .... production sound mixer
Jean Marie Carroll .... sound recordist
Nzingha Clarke .... apprentice sound editor
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Michael DiCosimo .... consultant: Dolby
William Docker .... assistant sound editor
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Stuart Levy .... apprentice sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... dialogue editor
Bruce Pross .... foley editor
Nic Ratner .... adr editor
Anne Sawyer .... assistant sound editor
Gail Showalter .... adr editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue supervisor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Ahmanson .... special effects assistant
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Tom Chesney .... special effects assistant
Lenny Dalrymple .... special effects assistant
David-Michael Goddard .... special effects production assistant
Emmet Kane .... special effects assistant (as Emmett Kane)
Dean W. Miller .... special effects assistant (as Dean Miller)
David Schlesinger .... special effects production assistant
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunt player
Kurt Bryant .... stunt player
Norman Douglass .... stunt player
Roy Farfel .... stunt player
Nicholas J. Giangiulio .... stunt player (as Nick Giangiulio)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Gary Tacon .... stunt player
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Burke .... rigging gaffer (as Michael Burke)
Michael Charbonnet .... second assistant camera
Ken Connors .... best boy (as Kenneth R. Conners)
Tricia Cooke .... camera department assistant
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera (as Angelo DiGiacomo)
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Russell W. Engels)
Brian Fitzsimons .... best boy grip
Dennis Gamiello .... dolly grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Alvin Henry .... electrician
Toulouse Holliday .... grip
Larry Huston .... Steadicam assistant
Colin Kell .... electrician
John Lowry .... rigging grip (as John B. Lowry)
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... electrician
Patti Perret .... production still photographer
Noland Roger .... electrician
Michael L. Smith .... grip (as Michael Smith)
Barry Sonnenfeld .... camera operator
J.D. Streett .... grip (as J.D.Streett)
Keith Talley .... grip
 
Casting Department
Sandra Dawes .... casting: New Orleans (as Sandra D. Dawes)
Lynn Ross .... extras casting assistant
Jane Brody .... location casting-Chicago (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara B. Baker .... set costumer
Mark Bridges .... costume assistant
Lorraine Calvert .... assistant costume designer
Mae Easterling .... seamstress
Carol Squadra Fawcett .... costume assistant
Ghretta Hynd .... seamstress
Bonney Langfitt .... wardrobe supervisor
Marina Marit .... costume shop assistant
Heather Pennington .... seamstress
Ellen Ryba .... assistant costume designer
Jacque St. James .... costume construction supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Michael Berenbaum .... first assistant editor
Tricia Cooke .... apprentice editor
Tony Grocki .... assistant editor (as Anthony Grocki)
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
 
Location Management
Paul Ecke .... location projectionist
Eileen McCahill .... assistant location manager
Amy Ness .... location manager
Jimmy Otis .... assistant location manager
Andrew Schuth .... location intern
 
Music Department
Emile Charlap .... musicians contractor
Paul Lustig Dunkel .... conductor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Barbara Minor .... assistant music editor
Larry Wilcox .... orchestrator
Vince Caro .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Cain .... driver: production van
Frank Culotta .... picture car mechanic
William 'Fleet' Eakland .... transportation coordinator
Tutt Esquerre .... picture car coordinator (as Tutt Esquerré)
Dallas Foles .... picture car mechanic
Thomas O. Hawkins .... picture car mechanic
Earl R. Hurst Sr. .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Terri Clemens .... production coordinator
Kenny Creed .... production assistant
Kelly Curley .... office assistant
Todd Fellman .... dailies runner
Jerry Gatto .... craft service
Michael Johnson .... craft service
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Sidney J. Lambert .... craft service (as Sid Lambert)
Margaret Lancaster .... production secretary
Edith Dupré LeBlanc .... assistant production coordinator (as Edith LeBlanc)
Margaret McCourt .... assistant auditor
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal trainer: Animal Action (as Karl Miller)
David K. Riebel .... key production assistant (as David Riebel)
Paul Sanchez .... production assistant
Ruth Turman .... nurse
Amelia Villero .... key production assistant
Rosanne Vogel .... production auditor
Richard Wentz .... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Alex Albanese .... special thanks
Butch Chaney .... acknowledgment: livestock and equipment furnished by (as Chaney Brothers, Butch and John)
John Chaney .... acknowledgment: livestock and equipment furnished by (as Chaney Brothers, Butch and John)
Stephanie Dupuy .... special thanks (as Stephanie Samuel)
Senor Greazer .... special thanks (as Señor Greaser)
Tesa La Violette .... special thanks
Sue Ney .... special thanks
Hilary Nye .... special thanks (as Hilary Ney)
Frank Toye .... special thanks
Kurt Woolner .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (2014) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2010) | Germany:18 (1990-2010) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:11 (DVD rating) | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Norway:18 (video-rating) (1991) | Norway:Banned (Original rating) (1990) | Norway:18 (re-rating on appeal) (1990) | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2003) | USA:R (Approved No. 30173) | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Sam Raimi]Gunman with two pistols during the Sons of Erin Club gunfight.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the Sons of Erin club blows up, a burning body flies out onto the street. In the subsequent shots, it is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Reagan:If I'd known we were gonna cast our feelings into words, I'd've memorized the Song of Solomon.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Yojimbo (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Danny BoySee more »

FAQ

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68 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Best modern gangster file ever...., 25 January 2006
Author: nuv from United States

This has got to be, hands down, one of the best gangster films ever made, certainly in the last 20 years or so. Better even than Reservoir Dogs, I'd say...which is a great film too, but just not nearly the same caliber as this.

In a nutshell, the whole movie is about loyalty, and the affect it has on Tom Reagan, as well as everyone else around him. Tom is the central character in this story, and we basically get to experience this movie in his shoes (or wearing his hat, which would be a more appropriate analogy, and you'll understand why I say this after watching the film). In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of scenes that Tom Reagan (played masterfully by Gabriel Byrne) does NOT appear in.

I won't go into great detail, because the story is full of subtleties...things that you won't notice even after seeing the movie several times. I think that's why I put it so high in my mind as a work of cinematic art. There has ALWAYS been something new that I discovered upon each viewing that I didn't see before, so the complexities of the story make it vastly more entertaining that, say, Titanic or some other Hollywood schlock that's being peddled in theaters. Which is probably why this film did poorly when it was first released, I didn't even see it until it came out on cable a year later.

The script is truly marvelous, and the snappy dialog hearkens back to the good old days of gangster films from the 30s with great actors such as James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Bogart. In fact, go get the Warner Bros. Gangster Classics Box set before you see this film...it'll give you a better appreciation of this film, in many different ways (the wise-cracks, the over-the-top gun battles, etc.). The only way the Coen Brothers could pay greater homage to the old gangster classics would have been to have filmed Miller's Crossing in black and white...which they didn't need to do anyway, this film just can't be beat in it's set design and imagery.

Oddly enough, there is almost no gratuitous sex in this mildly R-rated film...it's all implied, which is a nice touch given the way most R-rated films just give in to rampant sex and violence, just for the sake of being able to do it. Even the violence (which some posts have alluded to as excessive) just doesn't even compare with what most folks see on screen today...but that just it, the Coen Brothers use sex and violence in a subtle way that enhances (not detracts) from the film. We know more about what people feel about each other rather than just get to see to sweaty bodies going at it in bed. Don't get me wrong, I think sex and violence in adult films is not a bad thing...I just hate it when filmmakers just throw it in as a way of pleasing the crowd, especially when they don't show the consequences of what sex and violence can bring about in our society.

Anyway, I could go on and on...go BUY (not rent) this film, it'll be the best clearance-rack DVD you'll ever own!

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