25th ANNIVERSARY, BRAND NEW 35mm PRINT!
Limited run, 3 showtimes only!
Friday, June 9th at 7pm
Saturday, June 10th at 10pm
Sunday, June 11th at 2pm
The picture Wes Craven couldn’t take! Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, et al., are given color-coded pseudonyms as squealer protection (Buscemi objects to being Mr. Pink) and set up for a big jewel robbery by granite-faced Lawrence Tierney (erstwhile star of 40s B Noirs). And then, after the caper goes sour offscreen, the recriminations, torture of a captive cop, suspicions of a police mole, all erupt bloodily. Originally intended as a b&w 16mm near-home movie, things changed when Harvey Keitel got the script after it passed through multiple hands, immediately casting himself as Mr. White and executive producer. Time shifts, non-linear narrative, pop song soundtrack acting contrapuntally, richly colorful dialogue, hair-raising violence — yes, the Tarantino touches are there from the beginning, as well as the influences — from Kubrick’s The Killing, Joseph H. Lewis’s The Big Combo, Ringo Lam’s City on Fire, Joe Sargent’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, etc. — but then what recent film has been more influential than this? Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven walked out at the Toronto Film Festival premiere!
“[A] CLASSIC DEBUT.” – Indiewire
“A DIZZYING ENTRY IN THE ‘F— YOU!’ SCHOOL OF MACHO BRAVURA... FUNNY, THRILLING AND UNABASHEDLY VIOLENT!” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“Tarantino’s powerful homage/reworking of the heist-gone-wrong thriller - stealing ideas from Kubrick’s The Killing and Scorsese’s Mean Streets, among others - is probably the final word (or frame) on the subject. It’s violent, intelligent, well written (by Tarantino) and acted (Buscemi, Roth and Penn take the prizes).” – Time Out (London)
“THE GREATEST INDEPENDENT FILM OF ALL TIME.” – Empire