Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (Raising Arizona, Fargo) create a complex and graphic vision of gangsterism set during Prohibition and featuring a riveting rouges’ gallery of killers and con men.
Leo (Albert Finney), a likeable Irish gangster boss, rules an Eastern city along with Tom (Gabriel Byrne), his trusted lieutenant and counselor. But just as their authority is challenged by an Italian underboss (Jon Polito) and his ruthless henchman (J.E. Freeman), Leo and Tom also fall for the same woman (Marcia Gay Harden). Tom, caught in the jaws of a gangland power struggle, walks a deadly tightrope as he tries to control and manipulate its violent outcome.
**Theatrical Feature Blu-ray
**Shooting Miller's Crossing - A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast & Crew
Substance is here in spades, along with the twisted, brilliantly controlled style on which filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen made a name.
The Coens' take on Depression-era gangster flicks, looks gorgeous and showcases John Turturro's best acting ever.
Crossing is the kind of movie that benefits from a second sitting, to get a complete grip on the plot.
While Miller's Crossing is not as messy or inspired as Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas, or as richly suggestive as The Godfather, it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.
There is a lot here to admire.
As disturbing and densely beautiful as its opening image.