Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
August 25, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

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