Tom Reagan (played by Gabriel Byrne) is the right-hand man, and chief adviser, to a mob boss, Leo (Albert Finney). Trouble is brewing between Leo and another mob boss, Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito), over the activities of a bookie, Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro) and Leo and Tom are at odds on how to deal with it. Meanwhile, Tom is in a secret relationship with Leo's girlfriend, Verna (Marcia Gay Harden), who happens to be the sister of Bernie. In trying to resolve the issue, Tom is cast out from Leo's camp and ultimately finds himself stuck in the middle between several deadly, unforgiving parties.Written by
Jon Polito was originally offered the role of Eddie Dane but he campaigned for the part of Johnny Caspar. See more »
After Tom loses his hat to Verna, he goes to her apartment and spends the night (Apartment #3). Yet, the next morning in the very next scene they are both at Tom's apartment, a different building, the Barton Arms, the same morning that Leo dropped by. See more »
Lyrics by Joe Grey and Leo Wood
Music by A.H. Gibbs (as A. Harrington Gibbs)
Courtesy of EMI Feist Catalogue, Inc., Cromwell Music, Inc. and Redwood Music, Ltd. See more »
So I actually expected more. No, it's not a bad film by any means, and it has some fine, fine performances, but it left me feeling cold by the end. The skills shown here are undeniable, the staging and plotting, but somehow the film ends up feeling just a little but boring at times. What caused this, I'm not totally sure, and I really can't fault the film too much. It sounds like I didn't like it, but I did. It's a decent enough film, Turturro is pretty amazing and pretty much the MVP of the film. Still, I sort of expected more and as it stands, it's probably my least favorite films of the Coens (although I still have a lot to see from them).
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