Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne) is the right hand man of big time Irish mob boss Leo (Albert Finney). When the Italian mobster Johnny Casper (Jon Polito) and Eddie Dane (J. E. Freeman) come to Leo out of courtesy to inform him that they plan to knock off bookie Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro), Leo tells them that Bernie has paid for protection and isn’t to be touched. This starts a mob war that sees everyone on edge. Tom and Leo seem to be the only 2 that aren’t at odds with each other, that is, until Tom tells Leo that he is involved with Leo’s girl Verna (Marcia Gay Harden). Leo respects Tom too much to kill him, but he does cast him aside, causing Tom to go work for Casper. Casper agrees to help Tom pay off his gambling debts in exchange for the death of Bernie, who just happens to be the brother of Verna. Tom now has to make a choice, kill Bernie and end everything with Leo and Verna, or let Bernie go and try to find a way not to let Casper find out.
Directed by the Coen brothers (True Grit, The Big Lebowski, Fargo), Millers Crossing is the kind of complex, interwoven story I love to see. Not only is about mobsters, but it is set in the early 1900s during a time period I enjoy watching. The acting is intense, the story is gripping and the setting is realistic. The Coen brothers always know how to make good movies, and Miller’s Crossing is right on the mark. Those of you that like movies like L.A. Confidential (which is in my Top 100) and the video game L.A. Noire (which I’ve played many times) will enjoy this movie probably more than others. There isn’t a lot more I can say about Miller’s Crossing except that the story will suck you in and keep your hooked from beginning to end. You will not be disappointed.
9/10 Stars – Well made… well told… just well done all around.
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