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4,852 Ratings

Miller's Crossing

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, 1990
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

When the Italian Mafia threatens to kill a crooked bookie, Irish mob boss Leo O’Bannon refuses to allow it, chiefly because he’s dating the bookie’s sister, gun moll Verna Bernbaum. Leo’s right-hand man, Tom Reagan, is also seeing Verna, on the sly. He is obliged to switch sides when found out.

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Miller's Crossing Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Here are the good things about Miller’s Crossing: It’s gorgeous; Carter Burwell’s score is among his best; John Turturro’s performance as a pleading, pathetic, backstabbing bookie is an all-timer; as is Albert Finney’s turn as a Prohibition-era Irish mob boss. But there’s something strangely missing, too: Maybe it’s that Gabriel Byrne’s hero, a two-timing enforcer with a weird idea of loyalty, is at times too passive and poker-faced to keep us engaged.
February 05, 2016
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One of the Coens’ most deeply personal films? Carter Burwell’s plaintive score and Barry Sonnenfeld’s velvety cinematography suggest all the tragic pathos Tom himself is unable and/or unwilling to articulate.
February 03, 2016
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Arguably, Miller’s Crossing is precisely about Leo’s revelation to Tom of his intentions to marry Verna, for it is this incident which precedes and then instigates the events which follow; events which culminate with a bonding so substantial between Leo and Tom that it must eventually become untenable.
March 13, 2002
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