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Miller's Crossing (1990)
The Coen Brothers' best film
Can I give this film a 12? Miller's Crossing is one the most beautifully shot, acted, written, and directed films ever made. The Coen Brothers manage to encorporate mild plot twists, violence, unique characters, and there own brand of humor in this masterpiece.
Once again, the Coen Brothers have created an entire cast of memorable characters. Each character, even the less-developed one, is an important building block. Even Steve Buscemi's character, with literally a few seconds of screen time, manages to make an impression on the viewer. Along with Buscemi, there are faces familiar to other Coen films, such as John Turturro andJon Polito, who turn in dynamite performances. Gabriel Byrne is superb in the lead role, and Marcia Gay Harden gives a firey performance as the woman torn between a mob boss who can protect her brother, and his right hand man(Byrne). The really amazing performance though, is Albert Finney's as an Irish mob boss. Other than Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas", Finney's performance in a supporting role is the best of 1990.
In a year of mobster flicks, ("Godfather III", "Goodfellas", etc.) the originality and beauty of "Miller's Crossing" stand out, making it an essential piece of American film.