Seduction. Betrayal. Murder. Who’s conning who?
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 3, 2015
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening & John Cusack|
|Performer:||Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Laskin, Eddie Jones, Sandy Baron, Lou Hancock, Gailard Sartain, Pat Hingle, Jeremy Piven, Charles Napier, J.T. Walsh, Frances Bay, Xander Berkeley & Juliet Landau|
|Directed by||Stephen Frears|
|Edited by||Mick Audsley|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Story by||Jim Thompson|
|Produced by||Martin Scorsese, Robert A. Harris & Jim Painter|
|Director of Photography:||Oliver Stapleton|
A slick and stylish neo-noir crime drama featuring three exceptional performances. Full Review
...[Huston's] performance is as devastating as any in film...
...Stunning noir....[Cusack shows] circumspect intelligence... -- Rating: A
Rating: 4/5 -- Clever writing and fine cast make this tale of thieves among us fun to watch.
Cusack underplays Roy, making him an unbelievable wiseguy, a colorless cipher too akin to the saps he loves to fleece. Full Review
Rating: A -- [VIDEO] Although the movie recalls films by the Coen Brothers or the Dahl Brothers, "The Grifters" retains its source material's voice in a thoroughly original way. Here's a neo-noir you can never see too many times. Full Review
Rating: 4.5/5 -- The Grifters is so good that one leaves the theater on a spellbound high.
New York Times
THE GRIFTERS is an intense character study of a group of people caught up in a world where nobody can be trusted. Stephen Frears presents this cool and brutal adaptation of Jim Thompson's stylish noir novel, which centers on the complex lives of three con artists. Shady Roy Dillon (John Cusack), a low-level Los Angeles con man and petty thief, and Roy's sexy, amoral girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening), a con artist who is down on her luck and willing to do whatever it takes to get back on top of her game; are the focal point of the action. Rounding out the trio is Roy's mother, Lilly (Angelica Huston), a veteran con artist who shares little with Roy other than a bizarre oedipal attraction. The seedy underbelly of LA life is played out in evocative tableaux, as Myra and Lilly compete for Roy's attention until they ultimately drive him away.
Action | Family Interaction | Organized Crime | Scams And Cons | Love Triangle | Film Noir | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Crime | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: December 1990.
- THE GRIFTERS premiered at the Toronto Festival of Festivals in September 1990.
- Producer Martin Scorsese narrates the short opening of the film.
- UPC: 031398215165
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