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
In the newspaper shown at about 1:07:30, there is a story "Party Boss Loses Municipal Contract". Next to this is a story about two Oklahoma convicts who shot a prison guard and escaped. This was a real event, reported by the A.P., and published in multiple newspapers around the country on Saturday, September 8, 1934. See more »
The robe that Verna wears when Tom visits her the morning after he loses his hat keeps changing positions between shots, alternately revealing and concealing her bra. See more »
Leo's got the right idea. I like him, he's honest and he's got a heart.
Then it's true what they say. Opposites attract.
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The opening credits list production companies, the title, and the main cast. The crew is not listed until the ending credits, starting with a director credit. 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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