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The Grifters [DVD]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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  • Credits
    Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening, John Cusack, Stephen Tobolowsky, Stephen Tobolowski, Michael Laskin, Eddie Jones, Sandy Baron, Lou Hancock, Gailard Sartain, Pat Hingle, Jeremy Piven, Charles Napier, Chuck Napier, J.T. Walsh, Frances Bay, Xander Berkeley, Juliet Landau
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Huston's] performance is as devastating as any in film..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Bening and Cusack are perfection at what they are doing, she twinkly as a rhinestone, he dangerously passive....[Frears] has an entire movie in which to play with our nerves, and in a masterful display of control, he never lets up..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Slick surrealism from Stephen Frears..."
    Uncut

    "...Stunning noir....[Cusack shows] circumspect intelligence..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stylishly retro adap of one of the author's most representative works....With its coldly amoral nihilism intact."
    Total Film

    "Frears and cinematographer Oliver Stapleton make late 1980s America look as dark and moody as any city in an old film noir."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Guaranteed to take the breath away....[Few films] pack a wallop to compare with this..." -- Critic's Choice
    New York Times

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