The Grifters Movie Review 1990

Information and Film Reviews for The Grifters the Movie

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Evocative rendering of a terrifying sub-culture. Huston, Cusak, and Bening are con artists, struggling to stay on top in a world where violence, money, and lust are the prizes. Bening and Huston fight for Cusak's soul, while he's determined to decide for himself. Seamless performances and dazzling atmosphere, along with superb pacing, make for a provocative film. Based on a novel by Jim Thompson.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 114 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Scams, Stings & Cons, Monster Moms, Contemporary Noir, Incest, Books to Film: Jim Thompson, Femme Fatale
Donald E. Westlake
Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Pat Hingle, J.T. Walsh, Charles Napier, Henry Jones, Gailard Sartain, Jeremy Piven
Oliver Stapleton
Stephen Frears
Elmer Bernstein
Miramax Films, Cineplex Odeon Films


Ind. Spirit 1991: Actress (Huston), Film; L.A. Film Critics 1990: Actress (Huston); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1990: Actress (Huston), Support. Actress (Bening).

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