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A very good adaptation of a classic noir novel.,
This review is from: The Grifters [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Stephen Frears' adaptation of Jim Thompson's brilliant Freudian-noir (produced by Martin Scorsese) is well worth seeing. It pretty much captures the venal triangle depicted in the book- though you should seek out both Thompson;s books & other related works (Peckinpah's 'The Getaway', the collaborations with Stanley Kubrick: 'The Killing' & 'Paths of Glory'). Both Annette Benning & John Cusack are very good here- though the standout performance is Anjelica Huston (who was also superb in 'Crimes & Misdeameanours','The Dead', 'Prizzi's Honour' & 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'). She depicts the reptilian-matriarch with a female equivalent of Christopher Walken's performance in 'The King of New York'...This film is proof, along with 'High Fidelity', 'The Hi Lo Country' & 'The Van' that Frears is one of the finest British directors around. 'The Grifters' is that rare thing- a very good adaptation of a great novel & a crime film that deserves to be ranked next to films like 'A Simple Plan', 'Blood Simple'& 'One False Move' .