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Member Picks: Miller's Crossing (1990)

  • Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro
  • Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 115 min.

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.

Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
February’s pick was made by moxie member Michael Allhands.

What do you love about this particular film, and why do you want to share it with others?
I saw this movie back in the early 90’s when I was just beginning to really expand the types of movies I was watching and was immediately spellbound by the stylized gangster dialogue. Then add in the gorgeous look of the film, a score that is just perfect (it’s somehow morose and whimsical at once), and all the usual Coen Brothers’ flourishes and I was hooked for life.

Why are you a Moxie member?
As a member, I love feeling I am supporting art in my community and hopefully allowing others to experience it more easily by doing so. Plus, the free admission to the multitude of special screenings that are always on the calendar is amazing.

Synopsis: In an unnamed Eastern city in 1929, the friendship between the local political boss (Finney) and Tom (Byrne), the man behind the man, is severed when they fall for same woman. Tom joins ranks with Johnny Caspar, Leo’s enemy and rival, in a race for political power, resulting in a bloody, citywide gang war.

"A masterpiece, but of a unique kind... A gorgeously filmed, supremely well-acted, intricately written film noir about now. "
- Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Barry Sonnenfeld's stunning cinematography and the sharply etched characterizations make this film one for the ages. "
- Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A very clever, stylish story of friendship, loyalty and betrayal. "
- Empire
"The Coens' take on Depression-era gangster flicks, looks gorgeous and showcases John Turturro's best acting ever."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's arguably the US mainstream's first art movie since Days of Heaven; and quite wonderful."
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Cold and cut to the bone, the film is a primer in screen virtuosity. Standard action film clichés, like a face getting hit with a chair, get turned inside out; both film and actors somehow manage to seem realistic and stylized at the same time."
- Mike Clark, USA Today