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Reservoir dogs - Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

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Movie propaganda

Five total strangers team up for the perfect crime. They don't know each other's name. But they've got each other's number.

Reservoir dogs tells the story of five strangers assembled to carry out a diamond heist. When the police arrive at the scene before they can even make their getaway, it becomes apparent one of them is a rat. Plenty of fast action, blood and gore ensues as the bandits turn on each other in the attempt to save their own lives.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime criminal action gone wrong loser violence blood robbery

Persons of interest

  • Harvey Keitel .... Mr White/Lawrence "Larry" Dimmick
  • Tim Roth .... Mr Orange/Freddy Newandyke
  • Michael Madsen .... Mr Blonde/Vic Vega
  • Chris Penn .... Nice Guy Eddie Cabot
  • Steve Buscemi .... Mr Pink
  • Lawrence Tierney .... Joe Cabot
  • Randy Brooks .... Holdaway
  • Kirk Baltz .... LAPD Officer Marvin Nash
  • Edward Bunker .... Mr Blue
  • Quentin Tarantino .... Mr Brown
  • Roger Avary .... Background radio dialogue writer
  • Quentin Tarantino .... Screenwriter
  • Quentin Tarantino .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Reservoir dogs is a classic film in the crime genre, especially in the crime-gone-wrong genre. Where most films concentrate on planning and executing the crime, Reservoir dogs is about what happens after the crime has been committed and gone wrong. Horribly wrong. From there it's a matter of antagonism, paranoia and perseverance.

And shooting. And hitting. And cutting off body parts. And shouting. Lots of shouting. Criminals do a lot of shouting when things go horribly wrong.

And why is this an important film? you ask. The answer is simple: Reservoir dogs encapsulates just about everything you need to know about crime, from the criminals' point of view. The big boss, the psycho, the weasel, the newby, the mentor, the greed, the loyalty, the betrayal, the undercover cop, the danger, the shoot-out... plus they all wear cool suits.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 2.35:1/16:9
  • Special features:
    • Alternative angles
    • Commentary: Select scenes
    • Deleted scenes
    • Documentaries:
      • Securing the Shot
      • Small dogs
    • Featurettes:
      • Tribute to Lawrence Tierney
      • Director's tribute
      • Class of '92
      • Film noir web
      • K-Billy interactive radio
      • Style guide
    • Galleries: Poster
    • Interviews: Cast and crew
    • Trailers: Documentary
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

R 18 + (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

99 minutes (1:39 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 12 February 2003

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