Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino (1991)

94min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
As one of the slogans used to promote the video put it - "Robbery, blood, violence, torture all in the comfort of your own home." Yes, the film that many consider the most influential of the 1990s reached our televisions uncut and with its reputation intact, in spite of the revelation that it bears more than a passing resemblance to Hong Kong action director Ringo Lam's City on Fire. Shot in just five weeks on a tight $1.2 million budget, the film was a runaway success, much to the surprise of its debuting writer/director Quentin Tarantino who was hoping for a cult hit rather than a phenomenon that would inspire countless wannabes to churn out bungled blag flicks of their own. Working wonders with Tarantino's pacey, attitude-laced dialogue (packed with references to pop music, TV shows and hip movies), the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent, with Michael Madsen's sadistic, ear-slashing Mr Blonde and Steve Buscemi's exasperated Mr Pink particularly outstanding. Brash, abrasive and unrelenting, this is a must-see.

Summary

Criminals are employed by a crime boss to carry out a diamond robbery that goes disastrously wrong. In the bloody aftermath of the heist, they try to establish what happened and how the police were aware of their plans all along - leading to the hardening suspicion that one of them betrayed the gang. Quentin Tarantino's thriller, starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and Steve Buscemi.

Cast & Crew

Mr White Harvey Keitel
Mr Orange Tim Roth
Mr Blonde Michael Madsen
Nice Guy Eddie Cabot Chris Penn
Joe Cabot Lawrence Tierney
Mr Blue Eddie Bunker
Mr Pink Steve Buscemi
Mr Brown Quentin Tarantino
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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