When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

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Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (background radio dialogue written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Mr. White / Larry
Tim Roth ... Mr. Orange / Freddy
Michael Madsen ... Mr. Blonde / Vic Vega
Chris Penn ... Nice Guy Eddie
Steve Buscemi ... Mr. Pink
Lawrence Tierney ... Joe Cabot
Randy Brooks ... Holdaway
Kirk Baltz ... Marvin Nash
Edward Bunker ... Mr. Blue (as Eddie Bunker)
Quentin Tarantino ... Mr. Brown
Rich Turner Rich Turner ... Sheriff #1
David Steen ... Sheriff #2
Tony Cosmo Tony Cosmo ... Sheriff #3
Stevo Polyi Stevo Polyi ... Sheriff #4 (as Stevo Poliy)
Michael Sottile Michael Sottile ... Teddy
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Storyline

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop. Written by Soumitra

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In Harvey Keitel - The first documentary - To be an actor, (available on YouTube), two jobs Keitel did were selling shoes and working as a court stenographer. The hilariously synthesized voice of "Paul", who narrates the text, says of Keitel selling shoes, "But he didn't like the work. The mundanity and the monotony of it rapidly drove him wild". In this movie, Keitel, (as Mr. White), wears black shoes to match his suit. It's ironic that Keitel was a court sternograher, as this is part of law enforcement, given that he has a tendency to play criminals in his films quite often. See more »

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(at around 20 mins) Reflected in a shop window as Mr. Pink runs along the street. 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....
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits leave out Writing and Directing credits. They are then shown first during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The following deleted scenes are included on the 2002 special edition DVD:
  • Two alternate angles of the ear-slicing scene, one of which is more graphic.
  • Lengthy sequence concerning a background check on Mr. White (whose full name is revealed to be Lawrence Dimick). This sequence also features a female speaking part (there are none in the theatrical release) played by Nina Siemaszko.
  • There is a car scene featuring Mr. White, Mr. Pink, and Nice Guy Eddie after they leave Mr. Blonde with the cop and Mr. Orange.
  • A scene in which Freddie (Mr. Orange) and his partner discuss in more detail the semantics of the undercover operation.
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I Gotcha
Written and Performed by Joe Tex
Published by Tree Publishing Co., Inc.
Courtesy of Tree Productions
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Quentin Tarantino begins his directing career with the first of several chronologically mixed, disturbingly violent, and incredibly powerful films.
18 August 2000 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Reservoir Dogs is a testament to the idea that "less is more." This doesn't apply to the violence, the film is extremely violent from beginning to end, but the details of the botched diamond heist, which the entire film is based on, are conveyed only in the dialogue, except for one scene where Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) recalls his escape. The whole film takes place after the failed robbery is over, and the mystery that unfolds among the criminal participants is amazing to watch.

This is not a normal crime film. The thing that really sets Reservoir Dogs apart from all of the others is that it is PURE. When you look at the screen, you're looking at reality. There are no Hollywood actors, there's no make-up to make them look pretty, there's little to no comic relief, and most important of all, there's no goofy romantic subplot clumsily thrown in, a detrimental trademark of so many action films, as well as virtually all Jerry Bruckheimer films. Instead of all of that garbage, Tarantino decided to just present the film as simply and straightforwardly as possible, and by doing that he makes it seem that you're really looking at a bunch of criminals trying to figure out what to do after a suspiciously failed robbery.

Even though most of the actors were known at the time this film was made, the film was delivered in such a way that you don't see the actors at all, you only see the brutal characters that they portray. It is genuinely frightening to imagine being in the same room with any of them, and this is a quality that is rarely achieved in any kind of film.

Make no mistake, Reservoir Dogs is among the most violent films ever made, and some scenes are really painful to watch, but the way that reality is captured is something that justifies the violent excesses in this film. The violence is never glorified, nor is the criminal lifestyle. When films are overly violent, they usually get branded as such, but despite the extreme violence, Reservoir Dogs still manages to deliver an important overall message about the consequences of your actions. It remains high on the growing list of Tarantino's classic films, and it will not be soon forgotten.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1992 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$147,839, 25 October 1992

Gross USA:

$2,832,029

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,913,644
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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