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The Grifters (1990)
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6.9 IMDB rating

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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

10 years, 8 months ago at Sep 12 7:24
2 votes
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

A good movie

2 years, 5 months ago at Dec 22 8:55
2 votes
It’s another movie I wanted to watch for so many years, I think at least 15 years, so I was really eager to check it out and I had some rather high expectations. Well, to be honest, even though I always had a weak spot for movies dealing with cons, I still struggled to really get into this story. While watching this movie, I was thinking that the tricky thing with this genre is that you never ca... read more
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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. After he is released from the hospital, Roy and Myra go on a little trip, where he is propositioned to be partners in crime with Myra. Everything soon falls apart for the three con artists, which leads to a bloody climax.
Release date: 23 January 1991
UPC: 026359054525
Tags: Drama (10), Crime (7), 1990s (4), Thriller (4), Wheel Of Fortune (3), 1990 (3), Murder (3), Film Noir (3), Usa (3), Con Artist (3), Neo-noir (2), Devil's Play (2), Romance (2), 1990's (2), Bruise (1), Older Woman Younger Man Relationship (1), Towel (1), Mother-son (1), Orange (1), Throat Slashed (1)
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A good movie

“It’s another movie I wanted to watch for so many years, I think at least 15 years, so I was really eager to check it out and I had some rather high expectations. Well, to be honest, even though I always had a weak spot for movies dealing with cons, I still struggled to really get into this story. While watching this movie, I was thinking that the tricky thing with this genre is that you never can trust a con artist and, as a result, it is actually rather difficult to invest yourself in a such a tale. I mean, when do you know when they are on the level? As a result, during the whole thing, I was expecting one of the characters or maybe all of them to be running some kind of long con but, eventually, it wasn’t the case at all. In fact, towards the end of the movie, they simply tried to s” read more

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