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Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing (1990)
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro
Genre: Period Piece, Crime Thriller

"Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties."

I liked it, it kept me on my toes as to what was going to happen...This was NOT like later Coen Bros films. It didn't have any of the Coen's trademark wackiness, yet it still had their film making mastery and style about it.

Miller's Crossing
is a straight up, serious, gangster drama with a whole bunch of twists that kept me guessing who was double crossing who, and how they were doing it? It was cleverly written and the plot was hard to follow at times, which is a good thing...as it means the film is intelligent, either that or I just wasn't paying attention.

I was impressed by how well grounded the actors were in their characters. No over the top caricaturizations here. I believe this is how prohibition mobsters actually behaved and interacted with each other back in the day. It was all more low key and yet the stakes were high.

Gabriel Byrne especially was low key which was good to see as it made the movie all the more potent. And just for fun there are some good old Tommy Gun machine gun shoot outs, with bullets flying. But basically this is a thinking persons gangster movie. I liked it as such.