Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Miller’s Crossing (1990)
A highly styled ‘genre’ film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart.
It’s Prohibition era 1930s as gang wars tear apart the city of gang lord Leo and his lieutenant Tom Regan. Tom is upset when Leo declines underling Johnny Caspar’s request to kill the crooked Bernie. Despite Tom’s objections, Leo thinks he made the right decision because Bernie is Verna’s brother and Verna is Leo’s girl. Unfortunately, Caspar seems to be growing in power and just when Leo needs Tom’s help most Tom admits he’s been fooling around with Verna. Tom is thrown out of Leo’s mob and with nothing else to do he decides to join Caspar. But Tom is also talking to Bernie and Verna, and Caspar’s ruthless henchman Eddie Dane starts to get suspicious. His suspicions rise when Tom is ordered to kill Bernie himself, but no one knows whether or not Tom carried out the order. Leaving Caspar searching for his desired power, Dane searching for answers, Verna searching for her brother and Tom searching for his own heart… if he has one anymore.
Tom Regan is an advisor to Leo, a crime boss in an unnamed Prohibition-era town. When Leo and rival boss Johnny Caspar feud over a bookie who’s been cheating Caspar, Tom tries to keep the peace. Instead he finds himself caught in the middle of a war of ambushes and shifting allegiances where nothing is ever quite what it seems.
5.51GB | 1h 54mn | 1280×692 | mkv