Written by Ethan and Joel Coen
Directed by Joel Coen
With Gabriel Byrne, John Turturro, Albert Finney (Miramax Films)
by Mark Phinney
Heads and hats. The two go together, and in the world of The Coens, this could mean trouble. From the dynamic duo that brought us Blood Simple (one of the best noir films in years!) and Raising Arizona, we also received one of the most enlightening gangster films ever. Miller’s Crossing is a haunting fable of trust, betrayal, and the price of it all. Using the gangland underworld of the 1930’s, this story could have used any genre to get its point across. What’s that point? Rent the movie. Miller’s Crossing brought a new tone and sensibility to the crime film. It is a world where men are forced to stand face-to-face with their demons, and sometimes join them. John Turturro turns in one of his finest performances as the out of place con man who is destined to get his, out at Miller’s Crossing.