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Movie : Reservoir Dogs

A group of guys are sitting around a table in a restaurant finishing up their meal, having a smoke, discussing (bullshitting) various topics, Madonna, music, tipping waitresses. We get a feel for the group. Not upstanding citizens. We then flash ahead and we see one of the guys from the previous scene in a the back seat of a moving car. He’s been shot in the stomach and is bleeding like a stuck pig. He’s in screaming in pain while another one of our café guys is driving telling him “He’s going to be okay, I’ll get you to a doctor”. They make it to the rendezvous place and we find out that the robbery they were involved in went real bad. We wait for the other guys to show up. This is where the story plays out. We get flashbacks of the planning of the robbery and insight to the characters. We wait at the rendezvous and see how the shit storm is going to play out as the rest of the gang show up. What happened, who’s dead and who’s the Rat?

I heard a sound bite on the radio from this movie. Advertising it for a local film festival. The bite grabbed me (Only other time that happened was with Deliverance). I had to see the film. I went and the night I saw it half the house walked out. I was hooked. First time director Quentin Tarantino gives us a well paced film with lots of humor, violence, great dialogue and an ensemble cast that say the words and make them work. The film was off beat and different. It worked for me.

So many good scenes. Some make you laugh, others make you cringe. The soundtrack works perfectly with K Billy spinning Super Sounds of the 70’s. The cast has some standout performances, Harvey Ketel (one of the reasons I went), Steve Bescimi, Michael Madsen (Ever want someone to get killed more than him?), Chris Penn and Lawrence Tierney as Joe. Brilliant casting. All these guys do outstanding work making the characters memorable. No censoring going on. Committed. Just be as justified as you want.

Looking for good guys, romantic situations, intellectual stimulation, intelligent characters, don’t look here. A different, unique indie film that I really liked. This was QT’s first and one of my favorites by him. Short and sweet (maybe not sweet) with some very stressed out violent bad guys.

“Stop pointing that fucking gun at my dad”

49 comments on “Movie : Reservoir Dogs

  1. J.
    May 30, 2021

    I love this movie, CB. Obviously. What a way to introduce yourself as a movie maker, huh? The impact this movie had was just incredible. Everyone wanted to be the new Tarantino.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 30, 2021

      There was certainly something fresh and off the breatin track with this one. He struck lightning. I wonder what Lawrence Tierney thought when Roths character was saying he looked like “The Thing” from the Fantastic Four. Lots of good stuff going on.

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      • J.
        June 4, 2021

        There are some great lines delivered in this film. Tarantino is great for that… the references that are clearly written or adlibbed with the actors at that moment.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 4, 2021

        Yup. Im a big Harvey guy.

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  2. 1dancequeendq
    May 30, 2021

    I saw Reservoir Dogs after Pulp Fiction. I didn’t expect so much violence. I persevered with RD, but rather than perseverance I got drawn in, despite the need to wince from time to time. Harvey Keitel was great but I couldn’t like any of the other characters. Still, I do have to say Quentin Tarantino did some good direction. I understand why it has become a cult movie. I might watch it again if it comes up somewhere on TV to see how it feels the 2nd time around.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 30, 2021

      Love the personal experience Queeen. Yeah, Harvey has that going on, despite being a killer, thief, bad ass there is something likable bout him (maybe his concern over Roth;s character. He actually had a shred of humanity), the other guys no. I wanted them all to get their just desserts. I think QT set up ‘Jackie Brown’ (Love that film also) with a reference to Pam Grier in this one. Thanks for dropping by.

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      • 1dancequeendq
        May 30, 2021

        Loved Jackie Brown. Bought the soundtrack, even though I had most of the tracks elsewhere lol.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 30, 2021

        It is the other film by QT that I like. Soundtrack helped but also Elmore Leonards great book. Plus the relationship between Pam and Robert Forester was perfect. Leonard for me writes some of the best women characters.

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      • 1dancequeendq
        May 30, 2021

        I didn’t realise Jackie Brown was a book first. I’ve read a couple of Elmore Leonard’s but not recently.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 31, 2021

        Rum Punch. I love Dutch (Leonard).

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  3. 2loud2oldmusic
    May 30, 2021

    QT’s movies don’t get much better than this. He had a definite style that was so different, captivating and made you root a little for the bad guys. Great stuff.

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  4. deKE
    May 30, 2021

    Watched this one a few months back CB. Great flick, kinda whacked out at times but thats QT for ya. Great writeup…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 30, 2021

      Thanks deKE. Again I figured you might like a bit of this movie. Finding Lawrence Tierney to play Joe was brilliant.

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  5. Paul
    May 30, 2021

    I remember seeing this movie in the theater not knowing anything about it – we had gone to see another movie that was sold out so decided to check this one out – talk about a mind blowing experience! And I’ll never hear Stuck in the Middle with You the same way ever again!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 30, 2021

      What a great way to catch a flick. Totally no preconceptions and then you see this. Very cool. I thing the film ruined that song for a few people.
      Thanks for dropping by Paul. Ill have to get over and check out you stuff.

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      • Paul
        May 30, 2021

        Thanks CB. Haven’t been super active lately but hoping to change that

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 30, 2021

        Ill dive into the vault.

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  6. Jim S.
    May 30, 2021

    Probably the beginning of the Tarantino empire if you will. Why didn’t CB walk out i wonder? Was he stuck in the middle of a couple of other people?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 30, 2021

      Ok you can get off my case for not doing a QT film. Ive been sitting on this one for a long time.
      Not kidding on the people leaving. The only other film that I seen that happen was the original ‘Texas Chainsaw’. The guy beside me left his girlfriend and I ended up marrying her (Bullshit but I like the idea)

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  7. Yeah, Another Blogger
    May 30, 2021

    Haven’t worked up my nerve yet to see this one. Maybe I will one day. I’ve gotten pretty used to violent movies and shows (Ozark, for instance).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 30, 2021

      Again Neil it is rough but lots of other really good stuff. The one of his others that I like is ‘Jackie Brown’ not as over the top violent.
      Still plan on pulling the trigger on ‘Ozarks’

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  8. Tarantino, what can I say? Violent but well scripted, directed and acted. Good choice CB!

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  9. keepsmealive
    May 31, 2021

    Offbeat, and perfectly done, tone, feel, look and style, everything.

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  10. badfinger20 (Max)
    June 3, 2021

    You can see the progression from this to Pulp Fiction. I love the dialogs in his movie when they start talking about movies and music. The characters really make this movie…and I never listened to the song Stuck in the Middle With You the same again.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 3, 2021

      Those actors really brought QTs dialogue to life. Made it their own. Yeah I thing that song got ruined for a few people.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 3, 2021

        What makes that dialogue work is it sounds like real people…well our age. My friends and I have had those same conversations…who is better and why so and so is better.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 3, 2021

        No kidding. Lawrence Tierney sitting there wondering what the hell their talking about.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 3, 2021

        I’ve read where he wasn’t the easiest guy to work with but that helped make him great also with his character.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 3, 2021

        I heard he was pretty much a thug. I really like his early films where he was actually on the radar to do better things. He was a trouble maker from what I gather. I love those early B crime/noir movies. Of course I do.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        June 3, 2021

        I need to catch one of those B noir movies he did.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 3, 2021

        Yeah, I revisit often

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  11. BuriedOnMars
    June 17, 2021

    Out of all of QT’s films, I enjoyed this one the most. I feel he put style over substance too often from this point on, but I’m in the tiny minority.

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  12. the press music reviews
    June 23, 2021

    One of the greatest movie ever in my book. Saw it in the theatre when it came out (’91?) and was on a high after the movie. Still don’t think QT has bettered it – even if it does borrow heavily from that Hong Kong movie. Nice piece CBH, and thanks for the reminder. Will rewatch soon.

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