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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 86. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

July 22, 2011

86. Reservoir Dogs [DVD] (1992)

Plot: Hired by a mob boss, six strangers are assembled to pull a robbery. To stay anonymous they are given aliases; Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino) and Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker).

After a police ambush which kills Mr. Brown and injures Mr. Orange, the gang hides out in a warehouse and start suspecting that one is a police informant. The only question is who?

Also Starring: Lawrence Tierney, Chris Penn
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin TarantinoRoger Avary
Length: 99 min
Budget: $1,200,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $2,687,008 (USA)

Seven Total Strangers Team Up For The Perfect Crime. They Don’t Know Each Other’s Name. But They’ve Got Each Other’s Color (tagline)

Review: I really needed to butch this list up after picking While you were sleeping as my 87th Greatest Movie of All Time. And it came down to a choice between this one and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. But even if the Renny Harlin directed private investigation comedy might have the manliest lead ever in Andrew Dice Clay and a great bit part performance by Ed O’Neill I finally decided on the movie that made me discover the wonderful world of Quentin Tarantino.

Ironically he’s not that butch, but hey, Reservoir Dogs is butch enough on it’s own to get this list back on the right track.

Favorite Quote:
Mr. Blonde: Eddie, you keep talking like a bitch, I’m gonna slap you like a bitch.

And the one who really brings the butchiness to the max is Michael Madsen. Well, if butchiness and torturing people go hand in hand, I’m not really sure. Perhaps I get butch confused with the word butcher.. Anyways, this movie contains one of my favorite torture scenes.

Heck, almost all the scenes are favorite scenes! Go figure, when you have the writing/directing of Tarantino combined with great actors and an awesome soundtrack.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Mr. Blonde’s real name is Vic Vega. This is the same surname as Vince (John Travolta) from Quentin Tarantino’s other film, Pulp Fiction. Tarantino has revealed that Vic and Vince are brothers. He also intended to do a prequel to both films called Double V Vega, which would star the Vega Brothers, but Madsen and Travolta eventually got too old to reprise their roles, and Tarantino has since abandoned it.

But seriously, don’t miss out on The Adventures of Ford Fairlane either. Because as great as the music greatness of Reservoir Dogs is; weather it’s cruising in the car listening to my favorite Swede Björn Skifs‘ version of Hooked on a Feeling or watching Michael Madsen dance to Stuck in the Middle with you is, everyone should experience a little Ed O’Neill “Booty Time, ‘cross the USA” too.

Here are some great alternative posters I found on the web (click to enlarge):

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 87. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 23, 2011 10:59

    Those alternative posters are awesome! And so is the movie… Finally you’ve done something right, Sika! Or did Lunki write this for you..?

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