Seven total strangers team up for the perfect crime. They don’t know each other’s name. But they’ve got each other’s color. Quentin Tarantino’s incendiary directorial debut ignited the filmmaker’s distinctive voice and united him with some of his key players. When a jewelry store robbery goes wrong, Reservoir Dogs jumps between the crime’s setup and its bloody aftermath as the men try to ferret out who might be the rat in their ranks.
“A brash, brutal crime-caper film, Reservoir Dogs has enough raw energy for 10 motion pictures and more than enough rough stuff to traumatize the sensitive. But not only does Dogs have teeth, it has brains.” – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
“It’s extremely well-acted, written with flair and directed by a 29-year-old first-timer, Quentin Tarantino, who always knows where to put the camera, when to cut to a flashback and how to draw the best work from his brilliant cast.” – John Hartl, Film.com
Kim Morgan discusses Reservoir Dogs on its 25th anniversary for the New Beverly blog.
- Quentin Tarantino
- Quentin Tarantino
- Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Eddie Bunker, Quentin Tarantino, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz, Steven Wright
- Running Time
- 99 minutes
Although inroads have been made in the recognition of Asian genre cinema in the past twenty years, most notably in crime films hailing from Hong Kong and Japan, India’s Bollywood gangster epics have remained comparatively under the radar. But we hope to help change that with our revival of director Sanjay Gupta’s massive 2002 heist epic (and delirious Reservoir Dogs knockoff!) Kaante. An ambitious undertaking by anyone’s standards, Kaante was the first Bollywood production to be shot entirely in Los Angeles, with the lion’s share of the principal cast flown in from Mumbai for the compact month-long shooting schedule. One of the major differences from Quentin Tarantino’s original is that we get a peek at the tragedies going on in the crazy quilt of the heist members’ existence, spotlighting their love lives with their significant others. With the intersection of the fugitive men’s occupations – from nightclub life to drug-dealing and their contentious relations with the LAPD – director Gupta hits all the bases, including wild musical numbers and comedy bits! Unspooling like an unruly ball of yarn from cinematic antecedents such as John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Jules Dassin’s Rififi (1955), Ringo Lam’s City on Fire (1987), Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992) – not to mention Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, Michael Mann’s Heat and Takashi Ishii’s Gonin (all from 1995!) – Kaante fires on all cylinders.
“I think it was fabulous. Of the many rip-offs [of Reservoir Dogs], I loved Hong Kong’s Too Many Ways To Be No.1 and this one, Kaante. The best part is, you have Indian guys coming to the US and looting a US bank. How cool is that! I was truly honored… Here I am, watching a film that I’ve directed and then it goes into each character’s background. And I’m like, ‘Whoa’. For, I always write backgrounds and stuff and it always gets chopped off during the edit. And so I was amazed on seeing this. I felt, this isn’t Reservoir Dogs. But then it goes into the warehouse scene and I am like, ‘Wow it’s back to Reservoir Dogs‘. Isn’t it amazing!” – Quentin Tarantino
“A delirious Bollywood reimagining of Reservoir Dogs, complete with musical numbers, Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante shifts as fluidly between cinematic idioms as it does between Hindi and English.” – Dave Kehr, New York Times
Marc Edward Heuck discusses Kaante on the New Beverly blog.
- Sanjay Gupta
- Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Lucky Ali, Kumar Gaurav
- English subtitled 35mm
- Running Time
- 155 minutes