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Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (ie, a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them colour-coded aliases (Mr Orange, Mr Pink, Mr White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal. As many critics have observed, it is a movie about "honor among thieves" (just as Pulp Fiction is about redemption, and Jackie Brown is about survival). Along with everything else, the movie provides a showcase for a terrific ensemble of actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn, and Tarantino himself, offering a fervent dissection of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over breakfast. Reservoir Dogs is violent (though the violence is implied rather than explicit), clever, gabby, harrowing, funny, suspenseful, and even--in the end--unexpectedly moving. (Don't forget that "Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack, either.) Reservoir Dogs deserves just as much acclaim and attention as its follow-up, Pulp Fiction, would receive two years later. --Jim Emerson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Woods on June 2 2004
Format: DVD
Quentin Tarantino popped out of nowhere to become one of Hollywood's best directors. This was the film he first introduced the world to. It's all about six gangsters, who try to commit a jewel heist during working hours. It all goes well until... it doesn't. One of the gangsters dies, the other gets badly wounded, two get away and two dissapear. The two that got away don't have the slightest idea what to do. They don't know what to do with the badly wounded character, they don't know where everyone is. Slowly, eveyone starts to get back together, but they soon become aware that there's a rat, one of them is not who they think he is. But who can it be? I'll let you watch the movie.
The violence isn't really that violent. Ok, I know lots of people say there's that famous "torture" scene with the cop. That's not what I call violent. I call it "scary", because if you look at it through the cop's eyes, it would be. It is a bloody film though, I'll tell you that.
Quentin Tarantino is famous for using loads of dialogue in films, and the dialogue in this is quite cool. We go from talking about "not tipping waitresses" to "Pam Grier and her movie history". We also include a lot of flashbacks of the characters lives.
I thought the characters were cool, with the likes of Mr White, a very cool guy, a bit tuff, but cool. Mr orange, a bit soft, young but cool. Mr Blond, a complete psycho, but very cool. Mr Pink, a bit irratating, yes cool. Mr Brwon, you don't see him that much, but he's cool too. Mr Blue, who we hardly see in the movie. And Nice Guy Eddie, starnge guy, goes from nice to horrid, not so cool. The actors who played these guys were great. Quentin always knows who's best for his roles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Firestone on May 30 2004
I am so pissed off that people hate Quentin Tarantino because of his bloody sickening violence is his films. This is not true, yes there is violence, but not as bad as everyone says it is. When Mr. Blonde cuts off that cops ear, it doesn't even show IT!!!!!! Mr. Blonde never ends up burning the cop because he got shot, and when Mr. Pink shoots over the roof of that car at the cops and hits one, there is no blood shown at all. The violence in the film is not(what's the word I am looking for, not shown/ expressed) in a way in which the movie got more than an R rating. If people call blood violence well let's just say rent Kill Bill Vol. 1.
Quentin Tarantino is a god among directors, he is my favorite directors, and Reservoir Dogs is my favorite movie along with Pulp Fiction. That man has changed the face of action/crime films in a way in which I live for. I am an aspiring director, and Quentin Tarantino's films have inspired me to want to direct, so if you hate Quentin Tarantino and his movies, you're gonna hate me a lot more!!!!!! I want to make my movies the same way he does, the different time frames in each movie, the end first ,the middle last, ect. that is a great and genius way to make films.
I bought the Mr. Brown version of the DVD, just because it had Quentin Tarantino's face on the cover. It's true, I worship that guy. I love this movie and it is just an excellent experience, if you want to see someting a little different than regular films. Even know Quentin Tarantino is my favorite director/writer, I don't agree with some of his films, such as four rooms, Natural born killers, and From Dusk Till Dawn. I liked them a lot but it's not his style. Natural Born Killers was just plain creepy!!!.
So watch out for me in the future when I make movies QUENTIN TARANTINO STYLE!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2015
Format: DVD
This is a violent bloody film about a diamond robbery gone bad. They suspect a rat in the group, but who? Having missed the film when it came out, I had to watch it since so many other films have imitated scenes from it. From that point of view, this is a must see, just so one can appreciate other modern films.

The ten year two disc special includes 3 deleted scenes which I felt should have been added as it aided with the character of Mr. Orange, and his knowledge of Mr. White. This helps explain their relationship. It also included 2 alternative ear removal scenes, the second one being graphic, except the ear looked like rubber which is why it was omitted.

The film made great use of 70's music, my favorite part of the film. Thank you Mr. Wright.

Most of the film consists of dialog spoken inside a warehouse with fake blood being the main special effect. It costs nothing to make a 5 star film if you have the right people and script.

Tarantino film: Violent, bloody, F-bombs, and flashbacks.
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Director Quentin Tarantino is one of the most passionate filmmakers I have ever seen. If you listen to him talk about his films, he can barely contain his enthusiasm. He reportedly dropped out of high school despite having an IQ of 160 because he wanted to pursue his passion. I can certainly identify with that.

Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino's first full-length feature and it contains most of the elements we have come to expect. Although his style is all over it, it feels a little rough around the edges. That doesn't stop it from being a superb film, but it's interesting to see how he perfected his craft in later efforts.

If you have ever seen a Tarantino film, you'll know that his dialogue is distinctive. In fact, I don't think anyone writes better dialogue. The story opens with a restaurant scene in which a gang of thieves, led by Joe Cabot (Tierney), discusses the meaning of Madonna's Like a Virgin. The scene develops with Mr. Pink (Buscemi) explaining why he rarely tips. It's clever, funny and logical, and it says a lot about the character.

This approach is present in all of Tarantino's films and it's so refreshing. Why would thieves, police or German colonels only talk about their job? It just doesn't ring true. Tarantino's characters become more real because they talk about anything that comes to mind.

Reservoir Dogs is essentially a heist movie, but we never actually see the robbery take place. We see some of the planning and surveillance as the gang plans the robbery, and we see some of them fleeing the scene after it takes place. The bulk of the story takes place in a warehouse where the surviving gang members agree to meet, and it could be happening in real time.

Mr. White (Keitel) arrives first with Mr. Orange (Roth) and Mr. Pink.
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