- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Special Packaging
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Closed Captioned - English
- Dolby Surround 5.1 EX - English
- DTS-ES 6.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish - optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Shorts: "Reservoir Dolls"
- Documentary: Playin' it Fast and Loose
- Production Interviews:
- Quentin Tarantino - Director
- Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen - Stars
- Tipping Guide
- Profiling the Resevoir Dogs
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Someone's trying to stick a red-hot poker up our ass, and I'm trying to see whose name's on the handle!"
- Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) to fellow set-up thieves Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen)
Rolling Stone - 10/29/1992
"...A savagely comic burst of mayhem....Quentin Tarantino is a genuine find..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1993
"...An astute mix of wit and cynicism....This is a film of considerable acuity and power..."
New York Times - 10/30/1992
"...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..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/30/1992
"...An audacious high-wire act....[Tarantino] has a gift for writing great bursts of caustic, quirky dialogue..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/30/1992
"...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..."
Uncut - 07/01/2004
"Nothing less than genius."
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.
Essential Cinema |
Scams And Cons |
Theatrical Release |
- 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.