History Film / ReservoirDogs

27th Nov '17 10:48:33 PM Michael_McManus
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* AffablyEvil: Mr. White. He's the most likable of the thieves, sticks his neck out for Mr. Orange, and expresses moral disgust at Mr. Blonde's behavior, but he's also a cold-blooded murderer who slaughters several cops and has no qualms with brutalizing people up for their money. "Nice Guy" Eddie is also nice to his friends... but isn't quite as nice to cops or [[spoiler:people shooting his closest friends.]]



* NiceGuy: Subverted with White. He's the most likable of the thieves, sticks his neck out for Mr. Orange, and expresses moral disgust at Mr. Blonde's behavior, but he's also a cold-blooded murderer who slaughters several cops and has no qualms with brutalizing people up for their money. "Nice Guy" Eddie is also nice to his friends... but isn't quite as nice to cops or [[spoiler:people shooting his closest friends.]]


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* RedHerring: Mr. Blue disappears during the heist, and Mr. Pink straight up questions if he's the rat. [[spoiler:Nope, he's dead. Orange is the rat.]]


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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Mr. Blonde gets ventilated in TheReveal that Mr. Orange is the cop.]]
27th Nov '17 10:45:19 PM Michael_McManus
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** Mr. White goes to great lengths to protect Mr. Orange, and gets close to shooting Mr. Pink. [[spoiler: Mr. Pink is 100% on his side. Mr. Orange isn't.]]
** Mr. Orange promises that he won't tell the cops about Mr. White if White gets him to a hospital. [[spoiler:Thing is, Orange is an undercover cop.]]
** Mr. Pink keeps on saying that they should just get out of the warehouse and go into hiding, but goes along with Mr. White anyway. [[spoiler:If he'd made good on this, he wouldn't have been arrested.]]
** Mr. Blonde went on a killing spree at the diamond store. [[spoiler: He's never seen killing anyone onscreen.]]
** Mr. Blue mysteriously disappears after the heist. [[spoiler:It's a red herring. He was dead the whole time.]]
** Nice Guy Eddie vouched for Vic to be a part of the heist because he considered Vic the most reliable individual in the organization. With no idea that he'd be the catalyst to a series of catastrophic events for the heist group.
** Marvin swears black and blue that he doesn't know about a setup, even when ''he's being doused with gasoline.'' [[spoiler:He does know, and even recognises Mr Orange.]]
24th Oct '17 7:40:38 AM ClintEastwood
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* AmbiguousEnding: Did Mr. [[spoiler: White]] kill Mr. [[spoiler: Orange]] or [[spoiler: commit suicide by cop]]? Though signs point more to the former, the film notably makes sure that [[spoiler: Orange and Mr. White's hand]] are offscreen when [[spoiler: White fires his final shot]] so it could go both ways.



* AlliterativeName: Vic Vega.

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* AlliterativeName: Vic Vega.Vega, played by Michael Madsen.
* AmbiguousEnding: Did Mr. [[spoiler: White]] kill Mr. [[spoiler: Orange]] or [[spoiler: commit suicide by cop]]? Though signs point more to the former, the film notably makes sure that [[spoiler: Orange and Mr. White's hand]] are offscreen when [[spoiler: White fires his final shot]] so it could go both ways.



* BigDamnHeroes: A variation with [[spoiler:Mr. Orange.]]



* BigDamnHeroes: A variation with [[spoiler:Mr. Orange.]]



* CelebrityParadox: During the famous opening scene, where the guys have a SeinfeldianConversation about the true meaning of Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Like a Virgin", nobody seems to notice that Madonna's former brother-in-law is sitting at the table sipping coffee; Nice Guy Eddie is played by Chris Penn, the younger brother of Madonna's ex-husband Creator/SeanPenn.



* CelebrityParadox: During the famous opening scene, where the guys have a SeinfeldianConversation about the true meaning of Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Like a Virgin", nobody seems to notice that Madonna's former brother-in-law is sitting at the table sipping coffee; Nice Guy Eddie is played by Chris Penn, the younger brother of Madonna's ex-husband Creator/SeanPenn.



* ForeignRemake: The 2002 ''Kaante'' and the 2014 ''Avenged'' are foreign versions of this film and have the same concept. ''Kaante'' has been explicitly noted as having ''Reservoir Dog'' influence; Tarantino has named it as one of his favorite movies to take influence from one of his own.
** To some controversy, the film takes a lot of elements from the Hong Kong crime-thriller ''Night on Fire''
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mr. Blonde.

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* ForeignRemake: The 2002 ''Kaante'' and the 2014 ''Avenged'' are foreign versions of this film and have the same concept. ''Kaante'' has been explicitly noted as having ''Reservoir Dog'' influence; Tarantino has named it as one of his favorite movies to take influence from one of his own.
** To some controversy, the film takes a lot of elements from the Hong Kong crime-thriller ''Night on Fire''
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mr. Blonde.Blonde cheerfully cuts off a struggling cop's ear while dancing to ''Stuck in the Middle with You.'' This only serves to amp up how much of a psychopath he is.



* ForeignRemake: The 2002 ''Kaante'' and the 2014 ''Avenged'' are foreign versions of this film and have the same concept. ''Kaante'' has been explicitly noted as having ''Reservoir Dog'' influence; Tarantino has named it as one of his favorite movies to take influence from one of his own.
** To some controversy, the film takes a lot of elements from the Hong Kong crime-thriller ''City on Fire''



%%* {{Jerkass}}: Every named character in this movie, especially Joe and Nice Guy Eddie. Mr. Blonde is more than that, however.

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%%* * {{Jerkass}}: Every named character in this movie, especially Joe and Nice Guy Eddie. Mr. Blonde is more than that, however.



* MeaningfulName / BilingualBonus: Joe and 'Nice Guy Eddie' Cabot. Cabot is a slang word for 'dog' in french. See the WordSaladTitle entry below.

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* MeaningfulName / BilingualBonus: MeaningfulName[=/=]BilingualBonus: Joe and 'Nice Guy Eddie' Cabot. Cabot is a slang word for 'dog' in french. See the WordSaladTitle entry below.



** Mr. Brown has a crazy explanation theory about the hidden message of ''Music/LikeAVirgin'' by Music/{{Madonna}}. He also references Creator/CharlesBronson in Film/TheGreatEscape during his explanation.

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** Mr. Brown has a crazy explanation theory about the hidden message of ''Music/LikeAVirgin'' by Music/{{Madonna}}. He also references Creator/CharlesBronson in Film/TheGreatEscape ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' during his explanation.



** ''Well pretend like you're Don Rickles and tell a joke, all right?!"''

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** ''Well pretend like you're Don Rickles Creator/DonRickles and tell a joke, all right?!"''



* SpottingTheThread: The fact that the cops showed up when Mr. Blonde started shooting tipped Mr. Pink off that there's a mole in the group.



* VillainProtagonist: Pretty much everybody, as the main characters display BlackAndGrayMorality at best. Although [[spoiler:White is a Noble Demon and Orange is arguably good. Well, except for shooting the civilian woman during the carjacking in retaliation to being shot himself, though he did show remorse for the deed.]] In fairness, [[spoiler: Orange shooting the woman appeared to just be the instinctive reaction to getting shot while you're pointing a gun at someone]]

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* VillainProtagonist: Pretty much everybody, as the main characters display BlackAndGrayMorality at best. Although [[spoiler:White is a Noble Demon NobleDemon and Orange is arguably good. Well, except for shooting the civilian woman during the carjacking in retaliation to being shot himself, though he did show remorse for the deed.]] In fairness, [[spoiler: Orange shooting the woman appeared to just be the instinctive reaction to getting shot while you're pointing a gun at someone]]
14th Sep '17 3:02:11 PM SydJones
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: When Mr. Orange is telling his story about walking into the men's room and finding it occupied by four policemen and a narcotics dog, he says the dog starts growling at him because it's a drug-sniffing dog and he's carrying drugs. Fortunately, the cops just tell the dog to knock it off, because they think the dog is just being bitchy over being in a confined space with so many people. However, what most people don't realize is that a dog trained to sniff out drugs does ''not'' react to their presence by getting aggressive. That's not the right way to train a dog and it's a good way to make a bad situation worse. Drug-sniffing dogs are trained to ''sit down'' next to something that smells of drugs. In reality, if he'd have walked into that bathroom carrying drugs with the dog in there, the dog would have simply walked up to him and sat down, signaling to his handler that he's a man carrying drugs.
28th Jul '17 5:30:43 PM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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* BerserkButton: Mr. Blonde ''really'' doesn't like alarms. Don't insinuate that he has a "boss". While his reaction to the alarm is off-screen, it's discussed at-length by the other characters (he apparently began going on a rampage that involved shooting random bystanders, including a little girl) ''and'' is responsible for the situation everyone's in.



* CharacterFilibuster: The random talk at the diner early on.

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* CharacterFilibuster: The random talk at the diner early on.on, which involves a debate over Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and its true meaning, and whether or not tipping your server is a good thing.


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** To some controversy, the film takes a lot of elements from the Hong Kong crime-thriller ''Night on Fire''
7th Jul '17 3:11:11 PM Taskmaster123
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: When Mr. Orange is telling his story about walking into the men's room and finding it occupied by four policemen and a narcotics dog, he says the dog starts growling at him because it's a drug-sniffing dog and he's carrying drugs. Fortunately, the cops just tell the dog to knock it off, because they think the dog is just being bitchy over being in a confined space with so many people. However, what most people don't realize is that a dog trained to sniff out drugs does ''not'' react to their presence by getting aggressive. That's not the right way to train a dog and it's a good way to make a bad situation worse. Drug-sniffing dogs are trained to ''sit down'' next to something that smells of drugs. In reality, if he'd have walked into that bathroom carrying drugs with the dog in there, the dog would have simply walked up to him and sat down, signaling to his handler that he's a man carrying drugs.
14th Jun '17 3:41:25 PM Kadorhal
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* Foreign Remake: the 2002 and 2014 heist movies kaante and avenged are the foreign versions of this film and have the same concept, except in those two, you get to see the actual robberies, and there's more blood, more action, more mayhem, and more suspense too.

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* Foreign Remake: the ForeignRemake: The 2002 ''Kaante'' and the 2014 heist movies kaante and avenged ''Avenged'' are the foreign versions of this film and have the same concept, except in those two, you get concept. ''Kaante'' has been explicitly noted as having ''Reservoir Dog'' influence; Tarantino has named it as one of his favorite movies to see the actual robberies, and there's more blood, more action, more mayhem, and more suspense too.take influence from one of his own.



* Never Trust A Trailer: the previews make it look like an action packed thrill ride but in actuality it is a very slow drama that barely has any action.

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* Never Trust A Trailer: the NeverTrustATrailer: The previews make it look like an action packed action-packed thrill ride ride, but in actuality it is it's a very slow drama that barely has any action. action.
7th Jun '17 8:32:46 PM YieldingCrawler
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* Trailers Always Lie: the previews make it look like an action packed thrill ride but in actuality is a very slow drama that barely has any action.

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* Trailers Always Lie: Never Trust A Trailer: the previews make it look like an action packed thrill ride but in actuality it is a very slow drama that barely has any action.
7th Jun '17 1:55:32 PM YieldingCrawler
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* TheCaper: The movie does an interesting version by completely skipping the caper itself, making it a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]].

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* TheCaper: The movie does an interesting version subversion by completely skipping the caper itself, making it a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]].itself.



* Foreign Remake: the 2002 and 2014 heist movies kaante and avenged are the foreign versions of this film and have the same concept, except in those two, you get to see the actual robberies, and there's more blood, more action, and more suspense too.

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* Foreign Remake: the 2002 and 2014 heist movies kaante and avenged are the foreign versions of this film and have the same concept, except in those two, you get to see the actual robberies, and there's more blood, more action, more mayhem, and more suspense too.


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* Trailers Always Lie: the previews make it look like an action packed thrill ride but in actuality is a very slow drama that barely has any action.
3rd Jun '17 9:56:50 AM JBK405
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* BerserkButton: Several.
** Nice Guy Eddie: Don't threaten his dad.
** Mr. Blonde: He doesn't like alarms. Don't insinuate that he has a "boss". In spite of his violent reactions, we never actually see him lose his temper - all of them are off-screen.
** Mr. White: Don't call him an asshole. Don't threaten people he has gotten to like.
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