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YMMV / Miller's Crossing

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  • Award Snub: Wasn't remembered at Oscar time, ignored in favor of GoodFellas and The Godfather Part III. Granted, GoodFellas deserved the love, but Part III? It was just a rough year to be an epic gangster film.
  • Awesome Music: "Danny Boy", which shows up in a scene that doubles as a Moment of Awesome and a Funny Moment while featuring Bottomless Magazines. Carter Burwell's score is also impressive.
  • Better on DVD: You'll need multiple viewings to understand the plot completely.
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  • Foe Yay: Eddie Dane towards Tom Reagan. Actually, all of the sexual tension in the movie qualifies as Foe Yay because almost everyone in the movie is pitted against everyone else.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hilarious in production, actually. Miller's Crossing features a venal and corrupt police force. To fit the Prohibition-era setting, a lot of shooting was done in New Orleans... where the crew ran into NOPD officers who eagerly solicited bribes to keep the shoot running smoothly.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tom Reagan is the right hand man to Leo, an Irish-American mobster, but it's clear who has the brains in the operation. Tom is a duplicitous alcoholic who's sleeping with Leo's fiancee and spends the movie double-crossing everyone he meets, regardless of the damage Tom suffers in the process. Then, at the end, it turns out the whole movie was a Zero-Approval Gambit on Tom's part. Everything he did, he did for Leo in the most unscrupulous way possible. He manipulates Leo's enemies into killing each other, having Leo's greatest rival murder his own terrifying enforcer Eddie Dane when Dane is distracted before leading said rival to his own death. Tom then personally murders his devious former friend, the smug Bernie Bernbaum to ensure Leo remains firmly in power.
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  • One-Scene Wonder: Steve Buscemi as Mink.
  • Vindicated by History: While it wasn't particularly successful when it was first released, Time magazine in 2005 chose Miller's Crossing as one of the 100 greatest movies ever made since the inception of the periodical.
  • What an Idiot!: Frankie and Tic-Tac, who don't bother to actually watch Tom make the kill that's supposed to prove his loyalty. The Dane later beats the crap out of them for their stupidity.


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