The Grifters

1990

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

26
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7 10 22553

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Director

Cast

Martin Scorsese as Opening Voice-over
John Cusack as Roy Dillon
Steve Buscemi as Kaggs
Anjelica Huston as Lilly Dillon
720p.BLU
814.36 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 50 min
P/S 5 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sherparsa 3 / 10

good ... but ...

This is certainly a good movie ... but nominated for 4 Oscars and quite a number of other wins and awards and stuff? really? surely not the only not-so-Oscar-worthy movie i've ever seen that has been nominated for so many of such a highly praised prize ... but well ... dunno ... maybe 1990 was a special year for unlikely nominations after all ...

Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg 10 / 10

when the game turns dirty, the money isn't necessarily where you think it is

Con artists are an occasional topic in cinema. "Paper Moon" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" are among the most famous outings. Stephen Frears's 1990 film noir "The Grifters" takes a different approach to the topic by emphasizing the characters pulling the cons, as opposed to the tricks. Roy (John Cusack) is a typical grifter in LA, his mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) places bets at horseraces, and his girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening) likes to seduce men. But when these three meet up, all bets are off.

One of the things that these movies do is give the viewer a different perspective on the setting. By 1990, LA had a reputation as the domain of empty-headed celebrity wannabes. "The Grifters" makes the City of Angels look like a gritty bastion of cynical types. The protagonists have no morals; they're totally in it for the money. That the opening sequence shows the screen split three ways only serves to emphasize the intensity that's about to follow.

I wouldn't call this Frears's best movie - my personal favorite of his is "The Snapper" - but you can't deny how he masterfully sets up the story and films each scene. I recommend the movie, but just remember that you're in for some nasty stuff.

Reviewed by Phillim 10 / 10

Classic must-see

Stephen Frears makes smart movies, icydk. This is a 'best work' film for its featured players, young and old: John Cusack, Angelica Huston, Annette Bening, Pat Hingle -- and icon Henry Jones as the quintessential night clerk.

Old-timey feel, modern look. Human viciousness codified in rules of 'the grift' -- con artistry. Acquiescence to quiet violences a given along the way. The camera watches, unflinchingly. Comic and disturbing, and instructional.

From a 1963 novel about a 25-year-old man by a then-57-year-old author -- so from a sensibility formed by the 1920s, 30s, 40s . . . peppered with lots of quaint jargon, plausibly spoken by fine actors in a modern setting. I kept thinking of Edward Hopper's 1942 painting 'Nighthawks', as if the denizens of Hopper's all-night diner left in cars with automatic transmissions and drove to hotel rooms to watch remote-controlled cable TV.

Fascinating machine of a plot compels audience engagement, thus sustains low-key *natural* behaviors of actors playing con artists -- experts at blending in. Subtle work, restraint, discipline. Young actors should watch and learn.

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