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Reservoir Dogs -- After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Reservoir Dogs -- After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Reservoir Dogs -- After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

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Quentin Tarantino (written by)
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Release Date:
23 October 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Seven Total Strangers Team Up For The Perfect Crime. They Don't Know Each Other's Name. But They've Got Each Other's Color See more »
Plot:
After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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12 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Simply brilliant; short, tight and taut See more (861 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Quentin Tarantino 
 
Writing credits
Quentin Tarantino (written by)

Roger Avary (background radio dialog) &
Quentin Tarantino (background radio dialog)

Produced by
Lawrence Bender .... producer
Richard N. Gladstein .... executive producer
Monte Hellman .... executive producer
Harvey Keitel .... co-producer
Ronna B. Wallace .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Sekula 
 
Film Editing by
Sally Menke 
 
Casting by
Ronnie Yeskel 
 
Production Design by
David Wasco 
 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Iain Jones .... hair designer
Jamie Melbourne .... assistant hair stylist
Jamie Melbourne .... makeup artist
Rachel Tanner .... hair stylist (as Rachelle Tanner)
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Paul Hellerman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jamie Beardsley .... first assistant director
Kelly Kiernan .... second assistant director
Francis R. Mahony III .... first assistant director
Andy Spilkoman .... second second assistant director
Steven K. Thomas .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jonathan Bobbitt .... swing gang
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master
Cliff Lane .... property assistant (as Clifford Lane)
Douglas Matthew McMahon .... property assistant
Edward J. Protiva .... swing gang
Brett C. Smith .... lead man
Greg Wilkinson .... assistant propmaster
 
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew C. Beville .... weddington recordist
Mark Coffey .... weddington recordist
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor (as Stephen H. Flick)
Dwayne S. Henkel .... boom operator
John Hulsman .... assistant sound editor
Dave Moreno .... weddington recordist
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
Cecilia Perna .... foley mixer
Mary Louise Rodgers .... foley artist
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... supervising sound editor
Michael Salvetta .... foley artist (as Michael A. Salvetta)
Curt Schulkey .... sound editor
Ken Segal .... production sound mixer
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor (as Chuck Smith)
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as Dave Stone)
 
Special Effects by
Stephen DeLollis .... special effects (as Steve DeLollis)
Pat Domenico .... key special effects
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Rick Yale .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Gregory .... optical supervisor: Title House Inc. (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marian Green .... stunts
Marcia Holley .... stunts
Ken Lesco .... stunt coordinator
Ken Lesco .... stunts
Pat McGroarty .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dink Adams .... best boy grip
Joey D. Brown .... electrician
Linda R. Chen .... unit photographer (as Linda Chen)
Jay Dahlquist .... best boy electric
Ziad Doueiri .... first assistant camera
Randall Guth .... second assistant camera
Ross Katz .... grip (as Ross Andrews Katz)
Greg R. McCullough .... gaffer
Neil Michaels .... electrician
Mark Emery Moore .... Steadicam operator (as Mark Moore)
Katie Nilson .... best boy electric
Chris J. Rossi .... grip (as Chris Rossi)
Alan Sherrod .... director of photography: second unit
Lynn Smith .... first assistant Steadicam
Robert John Speer .... generator operator
Miles Thomas .... best boy grip
Ric Urbauer .... key grip
Dennis K. Wilson .... dolly grip
Frank H. Woodward .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Peggy Kennedy .... casting associate
Mary Santiago .... extras casting
Cheryl Faye .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline Aronson .... set costumer
Melinda Eshelman .... assistant wardrobe (as Melinda Adele Eshelman)
Mary Claire Hannan .... costume supervisor
Steve Petix Jr. .... assistant wardrobe
Steve Petty Jr. .... assistant wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Doug Cawker .... apprentice editor
Michael Chaskes .... apprentice editor
Kelley Dixon .... first assistant editor
Carrie Elizabeth Foresman .... first assistant editor
Mark Lass .... negative cutter
Brandon McNaughton .... apprentice editor
Nancy Perry .... first assistant editor
Jennifer Pyken .... post-production assistant
Boyd Steer .... negative cutter
William W. Williams .... first assistant editor
Chuck Winston .... color timer
 
Music Department
Nancy Lynn Hurlbut .... assistant music supervisor
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor: MCA
Karyn Rachtman .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
David Coffee .... driver
Steve Croff .... driver
Michael Doggett .... transportation consultant (as Mike Doggett)
Ben C. Giller .... transportation captain
James Lowder .... transportation coordinator (as James R. Lowder)
Robert John Speer .... driver
 
Other crew
Wayne Alexander .... legal services (as L. Wayne Alexander)
Roger Avary .... creator: Dog Eat Dog logo
Marina Bailey .... unit publicist
Wendy Baker .... production assistant
Warren Betts .... public relations: Live America
Ian Blackman .... reader
Suzanne Celeste .... dialect coach
Bruce Comtois .... set security
R. Blaine Currier .... production accountant
Billy A. Fox .... location manager
Judith E. Goldman .... assistant location manager (as Judy Goldman)
Carlos K. Goodman .... legal services
Debra Grieco .... assistant accountant
Jim Harper .... reader
Enid L. Kantor .... production coordinator
Jeannie H. Kelly .... craft service
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor
Stephanie Jo Meckler .... legal services: Live America
Melanie Molyneux .... set medic
Cathy Ragona .... assistant: Richard N. Gladstein
Moses Robinson .... production assistant
Julie Rohde-Brown .... assistant coordinator (as Juliet Brown)
Scott Sampler .... production assistant
Nicholas Toth .... animal handler
Liz Treadwell .... production assistant (as Elizabeth Treadwell)
Michael Mendelsohn .... financial consultant (uncredited)
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Marino Pascal .... location scout (uncredited)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rebecca Boss .... special thanks (as Becka Boss)
Timothy Carey .... dedicatee
Michael D. Carlin .... special thanks (as Mike Carlon)
Merry Cheers .... special thanks
Yun-Fat Chow .... dedicatee (as Chow Yuen Fat)
Roger Corman .... dedicatee
André De Toth .... dedicatee (as Andre DeToth)
Peter Flood .... special thanks
Terry Gilliam .... special thanks
Jean-Luc Godard .... dedicatee
Ulu Grosbard .... special thanks
Alison Howard .... special thanks
Cathryn Jaymes .... special thanks
John Lieberman .... thanks (as Mr. John Lieberman)
Kenneth McGregor .... special thanks (as Kenneth McGreggor)
Jean-Pierre Melville .... dedicatee (as Jean Pierre Melville)
Harry Nilsson .... special thanks
Lilly Parker .... special thanks
Laurie Post .... special thanks
Stephen Sacks .... special thanks
Tony Safford .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Tony Scott .... special thanks
Stacey Sher .... special thanks (as Stacy Sher)
Todd Thaler .... special thanks
Lawrence Tierney .... dedicatee
Bill Unger .... special thanks
Greta von Steinbauer .... special thanks (as Greta Vonsteinbauer)
Lionel White .... dedicatee
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and language (certficate #31489)
Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (DVD rating) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:18 | Canada:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (2009) | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (VHS) (1993) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1993) (2002) | France:16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (uncut) | South Africa:16 | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | USA:R (certficate #31489)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Quentin Tarantino had to fight Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein to keep the torture scene in the film, as Weinstein felt it would have a serious negative effect on audiences. Quentin stood his ground and Harvey ultimately relented.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr. Blonde first appears during White and Pink's fight, he raises his soda twice in a row to his mouth without removing it after the first time.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mr. Brown:Let me tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks.
Mr. Blonde:No, no. It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been fucked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive...
Mr. Brown:Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... Time out Greenbay. Tell that fucking bullshit to the tourists.
Joe:Toby... Who the fuck is Toby? Toby...
Mr. Brown:'Like a Virgin' is not about this sensitive girl who meets a nice fella. That's what "True Blue" is about, now, granted, no argument about that.
Mr. Orange:Which one is 'True Blue'?
Nice Guy Eddie:'True Blue' was a big ass hit for Madonna. I don't even follow this Tops In Pops shit, and I've at least heard of "True Blue".
Mr. Orange:Look, asshole, I didn't say I ain't heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world's biggest Madonna fan.
Mr. Blonde:Personally, I can do without her.
Mr. Blue:I like her early stuff. You know, 'Lucky Star', 'Borderline' - but once she got into her 'Papa Don't Preach' phase, I don't know, I tuned out.
Mr. Brown:Hey, you guys are making me lose my... train of thought here. I was saying something, what was it?
Joe:Oh, Toby was this Chinese girl, what was her last name?
Mr. White:What's that?
Joe:I found this old address book in a jacket I ain't worn in a coon's age. What was that name?
Mr. Brown:What the fuck was I talking about?
Mr. Pink:You said 'True Blue' was about a nice girl, a sensitive girl who meets a nice guy, and that 'Like a Virgin' was a metaphor for big dicks.
Mr. Brown:Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular fuck machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
Mr. Blue:How many dicks is that?
Mr. White:A lot.
Mr. Brown:Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherfucker and it's like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in the 'Great Escape', he's digging tunnels. Now, she's gettin' the serious dick action and she's feeling something she ain't felt since forever. Pain. Pain.
Joe:Chew? Toby Chew?
Mr. Brown:It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat fucks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a fuck machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence, 'Like a Virgin'.
Joe:Wong?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Don't Be an Asshole (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hooked on a FeelingSee more »

FAQ

How is it that Mr. Brown didn't die right away?
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75 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Simply brilliant; short, tight and taut, 28 January 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Crime boss Joe Cabot brings together a group of criminals to perform a big one-off job. To protect each other, they all use colour coded names. However on the day of the job, the police ambush the gang and each makes their own getaway. As the gang comes together at their warehouse meeting point they realise that someone within the gang must have tipped the police or be an undercover. The accusations and suspicions escalate into violence in the confines of the warehouse.

When this film came out in the UK it caused an absolute firestorm of controversy over it's violence, even to the point that it was banned in the UK for a while. I still find this absurd and am very glad we have moved to a more tolerant society where generally the BBFC protect vulnerable groups but let adults decide for themselves. Looking at the media's adoring welcome for the ultra violent Kill Bill one can't help but marvel at how things have changed. Looking at Reservoir Dogs now (or even then!) it simply isn't THAT violent. However what it is is very sudden and all the more powerful for it.

Tarantino directs the film and writes the film in such a way that it was impossible to ignore him even if the film was only a cult hit. The dialogue is both witty at points but, more importantly, very tough and loaded with testosterone. It is the writing that makes us like these coffee shop jokers at the start before shocking us by suddenly throwing us into a backseat bloodbath. The entire job happens off camera, and only occasionally do we actually see the immediate effect of violence - usually we get the aftermath. It is incredibly tight and very tense throughout, I was about 16 when my father took me to see this film - it has stayed with me since and I still considered it to be one of the best `job gone wrong' films of my generation. It may not be original (there's a thin line between a homage and a rip off) but it is certainly effectively done.

The cast are excellent and turn the hardboiled dialogue into convincing scenes. Keitel is wonderful. His character is a father figure of sorts and he is wildly out of control at times and balanced at others. Likewise Buscemi is wide-eyed and freaking out for much of the film, but he does it well. Roth is more balanced but is still good for it; it is his job to carry the emotional weight of the film and he does it well, despite a wandering American accent at times. Madsen is great, maybe not the best character but wildly out of control. Tierney was a great piece of casting, as was Bunker. Penn is good but not the best of the cast.

Tarantino mercifully has little acting to do, but it is his film as writer and director. The flashbacks during the film was a brave way to do it but it really works well - mixing stories with flashbacks and so on. No matter what the time of the scene, it all keeps moving tensely towards the climax. It may be a homage and not as original as some films but so what - it is tight and tense, macho, violent, funny and very enjoyable.

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