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Joel and Ethan Coen's third collaboration, the gangster film Miller's Crossing, stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Reagan, the right-hand man of big-city Irish mob boss Leo (Albert Finney). The film opens with Italian mobster Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito) and his second in command Eddie Dane (J.E. Freeman) informing Leo and Tom that they are going to kill bookie Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro) because he has been revealing Caspar's fixed fights to other gamblers. Leo informs Caspar that Bernie pays for protection and is not to be touched. After the Italians leave in a huff, Tom informs Leo that he should give up Bernie. Tom and Leo are both involved with Verna (Marcia Gay Harden), Bernie's sister. After a failed hit on Leo starts a full-scale mob war, Tom reveals to Leo the truth about his relationship with Verna. This leads to a falling-out between the pair. Tom goes to work for Caspar, but in truth, he is still loyal to Leo. Tom figures out how to manipulate all of the situations so that Leo survives, but this may cost Tom his relationship with Verna.~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

Starring:
J.E. Freeman, Albert Finney
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring J.E. Freeman, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Jon Polito, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden
Director Joel Coen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 13 October 2003
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, German, Spanish, English, Italian, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a different kind of gangster flick. It is an intelligent foray into the world of the roaring twenties and the corruption and speakeasies engendered by Prohibition. This money making turf is zealously guarded by rival crime bosses: Leo, masterfully played by Albert Finney, and Johnny Caspar, well played by Jon Polito.
Tom Reagan, beautiful played by the darkly smoldering Gabriel Byrne, is Leo's main man. Unfortunately for him, he is feeling the noose around his neck tighten, as he owes some big gambling debts that he is unable to pay. Moreover, he is head over heels in love with Verna, played with hard edged, sexual intensity by Marcia Gay Harden, who just happens to be Leo's main squeeze. Moreover, Verna's bookmaker brother, Bernie Bernbaum, played with smarmy abandon by John Turturro, has a contract on his life and is on the run. When Tom finds himself helping Bernie, he soon discovers that no good deed goes unpunished. All this makes life very complicated and difficult for Tom.
At times, it is difficult to ascertain who the good guys and the bad guys really are, or for whom they really work, as they all seem to march to the beat of a different drummer. There is more to what is going on than initially meets the eye. Make no mistake, this is a multi-faceted movie that works well on many levels. As with all Coen brothers' films, there is an underlay of sly humor that permeates the film.
The dialogue is sharp and evocative of another time, as it is laden with Prohibition era slang, and its stacatto delivery is most effective. The characters all walk the walk and talk the talk. The performances by the entire case are stellar. Look for Steve Buscemi in the small role of Mink, and do not blink or you will miss Frances McDormand's performance as Johnny Caspar's secretary. All in all, this is an excellent film and another feather in the collective cap of the Coen brothers.
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Format: Blu-ray
Fabulous transfer from Fox. The cover only mentions English, but the disc features gobs of languages.

Runtime: 115'.
Region A, B, C.
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p - AR: 1.84:1
Languages/audio: DTS-HD 5.1 (English); DTS 5.1 (Italian, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish); DD 5.1 (Portuguese, Spanish); DD 4.0 (English); DD 2.0 (Thai, Turkish).
Subs: English (HoH), Italian, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portoguese, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Greek, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Extras:
# Barry Sonnenfeld featurette (17').
# interview with John Turturro, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden (9').
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Format: DVD
Made with more wit, character and style than a summers worth of holywood blockbusters, the Coen brotehrs cast their magic on the gangster movie.
The main events follow the path of an Irish-American gangsters (Albert Finney) 2nd in command (Gabriel Byrne) as he 'plays the angles' in a complex tale of love, loyalty and betrayal.
The much celebrated set piece with Albert Finney defending himself against a hit while listen to "Danny Boy" and dressed in a smoking jacket and slippers is entirely worth the praise.
The cast is excllent with Gabriel Byrne portaying the seemingly cold and calculating Tom very convincingly without alienating the viewer and ultimately still able to express his feelings of pain and loss without getting all mushy or stepping out of character.
The supporting cast is mostly excellent and never short of ok.
Coen brothers regular John Turturo is well cast as the sleazy, self serving bookie )ernie) who is the cause of everyones troubles and Steve Buscemi (Mink) has barely more than a cameo as another 'funny looking' guy.
The rival italian gang fronted by Jon Polito as Johnny Caspar and his 2nd in command 'the Dane' are both comedic and threatening. The fact that the Dane is almost certainly gay (though in no way camp) adds to the sense of real character while still maintaining the near surrealism of the Coens best work.
The weakest casting is of the gangsters mol, Verna (Marcia Harden) who probably isn't quite attractive or dangerous enough
,but maybe that's the point.
Complex, quirky and compelling.
Watch it and be spellbound..
The DVD is largely devoid of extras, but frankly when a film is this good, who cares ?
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
The Coen brothers don't know how to make bad films, but miller's crossing is arguably their best. It came out at the same time as a whole host of other gangster movies such as goodfellas and godfather 3, and because it didn't have the same kind of backing or names involved with those films it was criminally disregarded upon first release. Hopefully this dvd will rectify that.
As usual for the coens, everthing about this film is exceptional. A superb script is complimented by a bravura visual style and great performances from the lead actors (especially john tuttoro and marcia gay harden), i'd try to explain the story, but it's delightfully complicated, and the film does it better than i ever could, sucking in the viewer from the first frame through to well after the film has finished. Sufficed to say this is a gangster film, and if you like the genre, you will love this.
But don't let that fool you into thinking this is only for gangster nuts and coen freaks. Everyone who loves film will enjoy this. If you've seen it before you'll want to see it again (and again and again) and if you haven't then you're missing out until you have. Highly recommended.
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