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“Miller’s Crossing” Fight Scene!

The movie, “Miller’s Crossing” (1990), is a masterpiece of filmmaking and storytelling.  It’s set during Prohibition and takes place in an unnamed city (though it was shot in New Orleans).  The Irish mob, lead by Albert Finney’s “Leo” is running things, but one of the bookies who pays for protection is selling tips about local boxing matches, and a competing Italian mobster wants permission from Leo to kill him, but Leo is seeing the bookie’s sister, and then…ahhhh, forget it.  It gets complicated!  Just see the movie; you’ll figure it out.

But you gotta pay attention!  This movie has to be on the list of “Top 10 Films That You Cannot Watch While Looking at Your Phone.”  Great movie, but Joel and Ethan Cohen are going to make you work for it.

The dialogue is fast and furious, and it doesn’t stop.  (The script must have been four inches thick.)  Here’s a great example.  Check out this whirlwind of taut, brilliant dialog as Gabriel Byrne and Marcia Gay Harden battle it out for the title of “Toughest Guy in the Room.”  Enjoy!