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Miller's Crossing

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Gabriel Byrne, Miller's Crossing | UNSUNG CLASSIC Gabriel Byrne in Miller's Crossing
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Miller's Crossing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Gabriel Byrne, Steve Buscemi, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, Frances McDormand, Jon Polito, John Turturro
director:
Joel Coen
author:
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
genre:
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Everyone has a favorite Coen brothers movie. Mine’s Miller’s Crossing (1990, R, 1 hr., 55 mins.). The deliriously twisty homage to hard-boiled ’40s gangster flicks is the centerpiece of a new Blu-ray box set called From the Minds of the Coen Brothers — the other titles being Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and Fargo. Gabriel Byrne smolders as a boozing political fixer who sees all the angles except for the curviest one (Marcia Gay Harden’s femme fatale). The Coens’ intricate puzzle-box story is stuffed with the kind of tough-guy patter and dirty double crosses that would blow Dashiell Hammett’s fedora off his head. If you haven’t seen it, do so, stat! It’s a masterpiece. A