56. 'Miller's Crossing' (1990)
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Everyone has their favorite moments in their favorite Coen brothers' movies.
We're talking specifically about the body-in-the-wood-chipper scene in "Fargo" (1996), the Viking-inspired bowling fantasy in
"The Big Lebowski" (1998), anything involving Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and so on.
For me, there are several favorite moments in the Coens' criminally
underseen, Prohibition-era gangster film. Gabriel Byrne stars as Tom Reagan, the
right-hand man for Leo (Albert Finney), the head of an Irish
mob. While his boss has to contend with a possible gang war, Tom finds his
loyalties and his attentions divided — by the alluring Verna (Marcia Gay
Harden), among other things.
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A scene in which Finney's no-nonsense gangster fires a Tommy gun after
would-be assassins while still dressed in his pajamas is a standout. So is one
in which Byrne's character cracks a bruiser (Mike Starr) in the face with a
chair. And John Turturro won a handful of film critic group awards for his
performance as a suspected stoolie who begs for his life in the middle of a
Do yourself a favor and watch this movie if you haven't already. It's a Coens
classic. -- Jeff Michael Vice (Gabriel Byrne in "Miller's
Crossing"/©20th Century Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection)