Miller’s Crossing (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1990, .  Screenplay by Joel Coen, , based on the novels Red Harvest and Glass Key by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Ethan Coen.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

The Coen brothers get points for style and little else for this period gangster piece. Gabriel Byrne is boring as an advisor to a big-time Irish-American crime boss during Prohibition. Albert Finney and  play rivals who get involved in a gang war when a small time bookie () cheats one of them and Byrne is left to try and keep peace between them. Marcia Gay Harden plays the femme fatale, but her part leaves her very little to do except preen. Maybe if you can stay awake you’ll figure out the rest of the plot, but for me it’s just a big haze of fedoras and cigars. Frances McDormand (aka Mrs. Joel Coen) makes a cameo appearance.

The Criterion Collection:  #1112


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