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With: Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, Albert Finney, Steve Buscemi, Michael Jeter, Frances McDormand (uncredited cameo)
Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115
Date: 01/08/1990

Miller's Crossing (1990)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Red Harvest

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Joel and Ethan Coen drew loosely from Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest for this story of an Irish gangster, Tom (Gabriel Byrne), up to his neck in debt, who works two crime bosses -- Albert Finney and Jon Polito -- from the middle. To complicate things, Tom falls in love with Finney's girl, the tough-talking dame Marcia Gay Harden. And when he's asked to wipe out the mewling John Turturro, he has a change of heart and lets him go, an act that, of course, comes back to bite him in the tail. Steve Buscemi has one excellent scene with a mouthful of fast, snappy dialogue. The Coens play this icy gangster tale mostly straight, but they can't help throwing in a few of their dark, comic explosions; it's one of their best, most cohesive films and it holds up to repeated viewings. Frances McDormand appears in an uncredited cameo and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi has a wordless role as a trigger-happy cop.

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