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Arguably the best film by Joel and Ethan Coen, the 1990 Miller's Crossing stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom, a loyal lieutenant of a crime boss named Leo (Albert Finney) who is in a Prohibition-era turf war with his major rival, Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito). A man of principle, Tom nevertheless is romantically involved with Leo's lover (Marcia Gay Harden), whose screwy brother (John Turturro) escapes a hit ordered by Caspar only to become Tom's problem. Making matters worse, Tom has outstanding gambling debts he can't pay, which keeps him in regular touch with a punishing enforcer. With all the energy the Coens put into their films, and all their focused appreciation of genre conventions and rules, and all their efforts to turn their movies into ironic appreciations of archetypes in American fiction, they never got their formula so right as with Miller's Crossing. With its Hammett-like dialogue and Byzantine plot and moral chaos mitigated by one hero's personal code, the film so transcends its self-scrutiny as a retro-crime thriller that it is a deserved classic in its own right. --Tom Keogh

Cast

Gabriel ByrneTom Reagan
Marcia Gay HardenVerna
John TurturroBernie bernbaum
Jon PolitoJohnny Caspar
J.E. FreemanEddie Dane
Albert FinneyLeo
Mike StarrFrankie
Al ManciniTic-Tac
Richard WoodsMayor Dale Levander
Thomas TonerO'Doole
Steve BuscemiMink
Mario TodiscoClarence "Drop" Johnson
Olek KrupaTad
Michael JeterAdolph
Lanny FlahertyTerry
Jeanette KontomitrasMrs. Caspar
Louis Charles Mounicou IIIJohnny Caspar Jr.
John McConnellCop - Brian
Danny Aiello IIICop Delahanty
Helen JollyScreaming Lady
Hilda McLeanLandlady
Monte StarrGunman in Leo's House
Don PicardGunman in Leo's House
Salvatore H. TornabeneRug Daniels
Kevin DearieStreet Urchin
Michael BadaluccoCaspar's Driver
Charles FerraraCaspar's Butler
Esteban FernándezCaspar's Cousin (as Esteban Fernandez)
George GernandezCaspar's Cousin
Charles GunningHitman at Verna's
Dave DrinkxHitman #2
David DarlowLazarre's Messenger
Robert LaBrosseLazarre's Tough
Carl RooneyLazarre's Tough
Jack HarrisMan with Pipe Bomb (as Jack David Harris)
Jery HewittSon of erin
Sam RaimiSinckering Gunman
John Schnauder Jr.Cop with Bullhorn
Zolly LevinRabbi
Joey AnconaBoxer
Bill RayeBoxer
William Preston RobertsonVoice (voice)
Michael P. CahillCasino Patron (uncredited)
Sean CollinsHitman #3 (uncredited)
Frances McDormandMayor's Secretary (uncredited)

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