Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

     
 

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In 1992, Reservoir Dogs transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after (but not during) a botched jewelry store robbery organized by Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney). Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) is aSee more details below

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In 1992, Reservoir Dogs transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after (but not during) a botched jewelry store robbery organized by Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney). Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) is a career criminal who takes a liking to newcomer Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) and enjoys showing him the ropes. Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) is a weaselly loner obsessed with professionalism. Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) has just gotten out of jail after taking the rap on a job for Cabot; he's grateful for the work but isn't the same person he used to be. While Mr. Blonde goes nuts during the heist, the thieves are surprised by the sudden arrival of the police, and Mr. Pink is convinced one of their team is a cop. So who's the rat? What do they do about Mr. Blonde? And what do they do with Mr. Orange, who took a bullet in the gut and is slowly bleeding to death? Reservoir Dogs jumps back and forth between pre- and post-robbery events, occasionally putting the narrative on pause to let the characters discuss such topics as the relative importance of tipping, who starred in Get Christie Love!, and what to do when you enter a men's room full of cops carrying a briefcase full of marijuana.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut is an audacious, low-budget, neo-noir thriller that immediately established the former video-store clerk as the '90s filmmaker to watch. Armed with a terrific script that employs jarring, temporal shifts and mesmerizing, pop-culture-obsessed dialogue, the budding auteur assembled a letter-perfect cast of seasoned veterans and talented newcomers. Perennial screen heavy Lawrence Tierney plays the career criminal who recruits a team of supposedly top-notch triggermen -- Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Penn -- to pull off a big diamond heist. The desperadoes bungle the job, however, instigating a massive shoot-out that sends them scrambling for the deserted warehouse they've chosen for a rendezvous. Tarantino makes his characters colorful, violent, desperate men who are generally garrulous and often comically profane. What's more, they don't flinch from the sight of blood, something in which Resevoir Dogs is awash. Violent and nihilistic, this stylish picture boosted Tarantino's stock and influenced a slew of Gen-X filmmakers to crank out similarly gritty but less effective imitations.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A study in violence and pop hoodlum cool, Quentin Tarantino's debut film adrenalized the gangster film and put Tarantino on the auteur map. Adapting the novelistic structure of Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956) and using observational long takes, Tarantino shifts between the preparations for an ill-fated heist and its extraordinarily bloody aftermath, increasing tension through the gradual revelation of each color-coded character's true nature as they figure out what went wrong. As in Howard Hawks's and Sam Peckinpah's films, the driving concern is honor among men, but, as in the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Tarantino's crooks also define themselves through a plethora of pop culture references, from Lee Marvin to the "Stuck in the Middle With You" ear-slicing and the opening exegesis of Madonna songs. Drawing praise and fire on the film festival circuit for juxtaposing humor and brutal violence, and attacked for being too indebted to the Hong Kong action film City on Fire (1987), Reservoir Dogs opened to critical acclaim, jump-starting former video clerk Tarantino's career. Although its extreme bloodshed hampered its box office, Reservoir Dogs's postmodern generic self-awareness went on to be almost as influential on 1990s gangster movies as Tarantino's next film, Pulp Fiction (1994).

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
UPC:
0012236191544
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
19,941

Special Features

Pulp Factoids Viewer: insider information about Reservoir Dogs and its sources of inspiration; Playing It Fast and Loose - documentary: from the moment of its release in 1992, Reservoir Dogs has helped redefine modern cinema. An insightful study about the impact and ripple effect of this remarkable film; Profiling the Reservoir Dogs - featurette: a unique perspective into the criminal minds of the film's colorful characters

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harvey Keitel Mr. White/Larry
Tim Roth Mr. Orange/Freddy
Michael Madsen Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
Chris Penn Nice Guy Eddie
Steve Buscemi Mr. Pink
Lawrence Tierney Joe Cabot
Quentin Tarantino Mr. Brown
Kirk Baltz Marvin Nash
Randy Brooks Holdaway
Edward Bunker Mr. Blue
Rich Turner 1st Sheriff
David Steen 2nd Sheriff
Tony Cosmo 3rd Sheriff
Stevo Poliy 4th Sheriff
Michael Sottile Teddy
Robert Ruth Shot Cop
Lawrence Bender Young Cop / Background Radio Play
Linda Kaye Shocked Woman
Suzanne Celeste Shot Woman
Laurie Latham Background Radio Play
Maria Strova Background Radio Play
Burr Steers Background Radio Play
Craig Hamann Background Radio Play
Steven Wright K-Billy DJ

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director,Screenwriter
Jamie Beardsley Asst. Director
Lawrence Bender Producer
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Richard N. Gladstein Executive Producer
Betsy Faith Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hellerman Production Manager
Monte Hellman Executive Producer
Marcia Holley Stunts
Harvey Keitel Co-producer
Pat McGroarty Stunts
Sally Menke Editor
Karyn Rachtman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Ken Segal Sound Mixer
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Ronna Wallace Executive Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Reservoir Dogs
1. World's Smallest Violin
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. Setup or What?
4. Rat
5. Mr. White
6. Mr. Blonde
7. Major Setback
8. "Bam Bam Bam Bam"
9. Alone at Last
10. Saved
11. Mr. Orange
12. Selling
13. Chalk Talk
14. Game Time
15. "Worse or Better?"
16. Hard Truth

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