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It's not Fargo, but worth watching,
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This review is from: Miller's Crossing  [DVD]  (DVD)
Though it is highly unlikely that the Coen brothers will ever make a bad movie, this is a three star effort, to Fargo's five.
Miller's crossing has the odd twist, but is on the whole predictable. However, in the movie's favour is some exellent acting (Albert Finney, Jon Polito, John Tuturro, J E Freeman)some marvellous dialogue (Tuturro's Bernie begging for his life, Polito's Caspar in all of his scenes) and beautiful beautiful shots (the scenes out at the woods of Miller's Crossing for example). The film contains one of the best gangster film scenes ever - when Albert Finney's character (Leo) has his house broken into by a rival boss's henchman. The scene, all machine guns and broken furniture, is set to a rather wonderful version of 'Danny Boy'.
The only slightly suspect acting comes from Gabriel Byrne. He might be imitating the films of the era in his acting style, but somehow it doesn't quite come off.
This is a good film and is worth watching (it even features an uncredited Frances McDormand) but Fargo it ain't.