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Reservoir Dogs
- Tim Roth

Overview - Former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, RESERVOIR DOGS, is a brutally funny, supercharged introduction to his supremely distinct cinematic vision, which was later to become one of the most mimicked styles of the 1990s.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, RESERVOIR DOGS, is a brutally funny, supercharged introduction to his supremely distinct cinematic vision, which was later to become one of the most mimicked styles of the 1990s. Mastermind Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) assembles a crew of top-notch criminals to pull off a jewelry store heist. As the film opens it becomes immediately clear that the plan backfired, forcing the survivors, who have gathered at an abandoned warehouse, to figure out if one of them is, in fact, a police informer. The crew--Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), an aged veteran; Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), a wounded newcomer; Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), a psychopathic parolee; Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), a bickering weasel; and Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), Joe's son--begin to unravel as the pressure becomes too much for them to handle. When Joe arrives, the truth becomes clear in a vicious Mexican standoff. Tarantino takes liberally from Hong Kong action flicks, most notably Ringo Lam's CITY ON FIRE, but his ultra-hip ‘70s soundtrack and hysterical pop culture dialogue make the film seem wholly original and new. Taking a cue from the French New Wave--most notably Jean-Luc Godard--RESERVOIR DOGS remains one of the decade's most influential motion pictures.

Cast List

Eddie Bunker - Writer/Character Actor
Edward Bunker - Writer/Character Actor
Quentin Tarantino - American director/screenwriter/producer, PULP FICTION
Tim Roth - British Actor
Kirk Baltz - American Supporting Actor
Steve Buscemi - American Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Chris Penn - American actor
Christopher Penn - American actor
Harvey Keitel - American Actor/Producer
Lawrence Tierney - American Actor
David Wasco - Production Designer
Karyn Rachtman - MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Lawrence Bender - Producer
Ronna B. Wallace - Executive Producer
Stephen Wright - Writer/Comedian
Monte Hellman - Director/Editor/Producer
Richard N. Gladstein - Producer
Andrzej Sekula - Director of Photography
Michael Madsen - Actor, RESEVOIR DOGS/KILL BILL VOL. 2
Sally Menke - Editor
Betsy Heimann - Costume Designer, RED DRAGON (2002)

 
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    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 100
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012236191544
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (Strong violence and language.)
  • Release Date: February 2014

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Synopsis:
In this unforgettable debut film from Quentin Tarantino, a group of perfect strangers have been assembled to pull off the perfect heist. Meticulously planned, nothing can go wrong. But it turns into a bloody ambush when one of them turns out to be a police informer. As the group begins to question each other's guilt, the simmering tensions threaten to explode the situation before the police have a chance to step in. Boldly blending graphic violence with comedic references to popular culture, RESERVOIR DOGS ushered in an often-mimicked style of filmmaking in the 1990s.

Notes:
Tarantino's film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, on January 21, 1992. It was released theatrically in October 1992. RESERVOIR DOGS is the directorial/writing debut for Quentin Tarantino, who also has a featured part in the film. The character names in the film are a tribute to THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE, TWO, THREE (1974), which also featured characters named after colors. James Woods was initially offered a role, but his agent dismissed the offer and didn't inform the actor until much later.

Reviews:
"...A savagely comic burst of mayhem....Quentin Tarantino is a genuine find..." - 10/29/1992 Rolling Stone, p.77


"...An astute mix of wit and cynicism....This is a film of considerable acuity and power..." - 01/01/1993 Sight and Sound, p.51-2


"...Sometimes dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the-top dramatic energy....RESERVOIR DOGS features a cast of splendid actors, all of whom contribute equally to the final effect..." - 10/30/1992 New York Times, p.C5


"...An audacious high-wire act....[Tarantino] has a gift for writing great bursts of caustic, quirky dialogue..." - 10/30/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F4


"...Tarantino has a confident, kinetic way of shooting action....[Madsen] here emerges with the kind of really menacing screen presence only a few actors achieve..." - 10/30/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.30


"Nothing less than genius." - 07/01/2004 Uncut, p.138

 
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