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The Grifters
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Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Lilly Dillon
John Cusack

John Cusack

Roy Dillon
Annette Bening

Annette Bening

Myra Langtry
Jan Munroe

Jan Munroe

Guy at Bar
Robert Weems

Robert Weems

Racetrack Announcer
Jimmy Noonan

Jimmy Noonan

Bartender


Written by
Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

(novel)
Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake

(screenplay)


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The Dark Side Of Grift

5 years, 5 months ago at Sep 12 7:24
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While this movie includes the type of grand grift scheme that makes these types of films appealing, it's also has the very dark side that comes along with most confidence games.
The characters aren't as endearing as in most other films of this genre, but they are most certainly interesting, adding a sharp & jagged dimension to a theme that has swayed a little too much on the fluffier side... read more
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Description: When con artist Roy Dillon (Cusack) is visited by his Mother, Lilly (Huston), who is also a con artist, she sends Roy off to the hospital because of a blow to the gut he suffered while working the grift. Roy's girlfriend, Myra (Bening), the third con artist, comes to visit Roy, and we discover that Lilly and Myra don't get along. Afte ... (more)
Release date: 4 January 1991
UPC: 026359054525
Drama (8), Crime (6), Film Noir (3), Murder (3), 1990 (3), Wheel Of Fortune (3), Thriller (3), Usa (2), Devil's Play (2), 1990's (2), 1990s (2), Con Artist (2), Romance (2), Race Track (1), 90s (1), Mother-son (1), Bookie (1), (1), Gangster (1), Mothers & Sons (1)
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"Watched: 4/7-8/12 1st Viewing Thoughts: A wonderful cast who all performed to near perfection, but 'Grifters' never fully unravels, and it all just seems like an episode from a T.V Show that had me wanting much more. I also loved the dark, noirish vibe it gave off, similar that of 'Double Indemnity' or 'L.A Confidential'. That unfortunately cannot save the generic, lackluster storytelling, in which seems to be on Autopilot throughout. Still, though, not a half bad flick. "


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