Mr. Like’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Metacritic Metascore: 79
Release Date: 02 September 1992
Distributor: Miramax Films
Worldwide Gross: $2.8M
Total Film Awards: 12
Mr. Blonde: "Listen, kid, I'm not gonna bullshit you, all right? I don't give a good fuck what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to get information. It's amusing, to me, to torture a cop. You can say anything you want cause I've heard it all before. All you can do is pray for a quick death, which you ain't gonna get."
SYNOPSIS: When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
TRIVIA: The film's budget was so low that many of the actors simply used their own clothing as wardrobe; most notably Chris Penn's track jacket. The signature black suits were provided for free by the designer, based on her love for the American crime film genre. Steve Buscemi wore his own black jeans instead of suit pants.
Quentin Tarantino's brutal, yet astonishing debut film.
TRIVIA: The budget wouldn't cover police assistance for traffic control, so in the scene where Steve Buscemi forces a woman out of her car and drives off in it, he could only do so when the traffic lights were green.
From the original dialogue to the final outcome and everything in between, Quentin astonishes everyone while introducing his trademark style to the masses: the unique and prevalent dialogue, a breakthrough structure, very good soundtrack (as in all his films), great doses of violence (although not at all gratuitous, but rather ironic) and, above all, a lot of black humor.
DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino
WRITER: Quentin Tarantino
FILMING LOCATIONS: Los Angeles, CA
TRIVIA: Quentin Tarantino was originally going to play Mr. Pink, although he made a point of letting all the other actors audition for the part. When Steve Buscemi came in to read for it, Tarantino told him that he really wanted the part for himself and that the only way Buscemi could possibly wrestle it from him was to do a killer audition. Buscemi duly complied.
In addition to all those elements are the superb performances turned in by Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Penn. In short, this is a great example of good noir cinema that includes all its necessary ingredients: shootings, violence, betrayal, and suspense among others. This film spawned one of the most innovative and brilliant directors in history. One of the best directorial debuts in cinema lore and a film that only continues to get better with each subsequent viewing.
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Directing - 5/5
Screenplay - 5/5
Editing - 4.5/5
Prod Design - 4/5
Cinematography - 4.5/5
Acting - 4.5/5
Sound - 5/5
Pacing - 5/5
Enjoyment rating - 9.5/10