Mr White showing some might with two hand pistols in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs

Take another look at…Reservoir Dogs

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs is a smart, savage and wildly funny crime film.

In contrast to the typical locales of New York and Chicago, Tarantino shoots this story about double-crossed, colour-coded criminals in Los Angeles.

From the opening scene of the men eating breakfast and debating the meaning of Madonna’s Like A Virgin, Tarantino’s stage is set.

The creator of the scheme is seasoned professional Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) who has his son, Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), as deputy.

They recruit six men to rob a diamond wholesaler.

Taking place off camera, the job goes wrong.

The police ambush them and only four escape: Mr White (Harvey Keitel), Mr Orange (Tim Roth), Mr Pink (Steve Buscemi) and Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen).

Waiting for Joe and Eddie at a rendezvous point, a disused warehouse, these men, who know each other only by colour, talk through the screwed-up crime and try to determine who’s the rat.

Reservoir Dogs is all the more remarkable for its ballsy dialogue and use of novel-like flashbacks to show how father and son pick the men.

Exhilarating performances from the cast also contribute to the film’s sense of pace and brutality, with Madsen’s razor torture of a cop to the tune of Stuck In The Middle With You warranting comparison with Malcolm MacDowell’s A Clockwork Orange musical bashing as an infamous, yet involving scene.