MONDAY MOVIE MEME
Today topic at The Bumbles Blog is Mobster Movies!
If you want to play along, come up with a list of your own, write a post about your surprise ending movies and then link it to Molly & Andy's blog!
Reservoir Dogs (1992) Quentin Tarantino's debut as a writer and director and what a debut! This is a movie about the time before and after of a failed jewel heist. The actual heist is never seen. The men who were supposed to pull off the robbery were given aliases by the boss. They are called Mr. Pink, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. White, Mr. Orange and Mr. Blonde. Mr. Blonde turns out to be quite an interesting character. With a fantastic cast including Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney & Quentin Tarantino (of course!) this is a great movie. It also has a fantastic soundtrack but let me warn you, the song "Stuck in the Middle" by Stealers Wheel will take on a whole new meaning!
Miller's Crossing (1990) This is a movie by the fantastic brothers Joel and Ethan Coen starring Albert Finney, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden and John Turturro. The Irish and the Italian mob are struggling for control and Byrne's character gets in the middle, playing one side against the other. Time Magazine, in 2005, listed Miller's Crossing as one of the top 100 greatest movies ever made.
On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando stars as a longshoreman in this movie about corruption and mob violence among longshoremen on the waterfront docks. Lee J. Cobb plays a mob-connected union boss and Brando's brother in the film, played by Rod Steiger, is Cobb's attorney. The movie is based on a number of true stories written about in articles printed in the New York Sun. On the Waterfront was filmed in Hoboken, NJ. The movie soundtrack was composed by Leonard Bernstein. On the Waterfront won 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and Best Director.
Scarface (1983) Al Pacino plays Tony Montana a cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980. He quickly makes his mark as a criminal and rises to power in the height of the cocaine boom as a top gangster in Miami's criminal underworld. This movie opened to mixed reviews and was criticized for it's violence and graphic language. But it did well and has a remarkable cult following. The black & white poster advertising the movie is recognized world-wide. Scarface also stars Robert Loggia and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Carlito's Way (1993) This movie was also directed by Brian DePalma and also stars Al Pacino! Additionally Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo and Viggo Mortensen are among the other stars of this film. The movie is about a convicted Puerto Rican gangster who, upon his release from jail, vows to live the life of a law-abiding citizen. The question is, will his past allow him to live a life free from crime? This movie received lukewarm reviews but it's actually a good movie and it also developed a significant cult following. Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller received Golden Globe nominations. The movie is based on a book, After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres, a New York State Supreme Court judge who I had the honor of meeting when I interned in the criminal court system in the early '90s while in law school. Judge Torres was a very nice man, if a little taken with his celebrity at the time!