Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
John Herzfeld deftly welds together a multitude of subplots-- a loser hitman and a cool assassin involved in an insurance scam; a washed-up director, turned suicidal, if only he had someone to care for his beloved dog; a snooty art dealer, wracked by kidney stones, cared for by his devoted assistant; a grungy deranged vice cop, now partnered with a fresh-faced rookie; and two beautiful and jealous women entangled in their deadly scheme--into a spoof of the crime thriller genre. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
A rendition of "Down in the Valley" by Erin O'Hara was featured on the soundtrack CD, but not in the film. See more »
After the "Good Samaritan" pockets Allan's wallet and drives him away, and the owner of the car he's stolen runs out, Allan's wallet is seen lying on the street. See more »
You know, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I was raised in a trailer park. My father abandoned us, and my mother couldn't even afford to send us to college. Now, I may be an asshole, but I've worked hard to become one.
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Pulp Fiction paved the way for a wave of clones, many of which are pretty awful (The Way of the Gun, Love and a .45). This movie is one of the better ones. All performances are excellent, especially Paul Mazursky, Danny Aiello and Jeff Daniels (playing against type as a real jerk of a cop). Fans of the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game can get a real kick out of the cast of this movie--Aiello and Daniels appeared in Purple Rose of Cairo together; Eric Stoltz and James Spader appeared in that Sean Cunningham opus THE NEW KIDS together, etc. But the movie is very entertaining on its own merit. Not really a thriller, not really a comedy....just a bizarre character-driven piece with some memorable characters.
The director went on to the overblown and ridiculous 15 Minutes, which contained none of the offbeat charm of this movie. Interesting cinematography as well. Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes.
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