What a shitty, awful bunch of people! A typically good film by Stephen Frears, though, who very rarely makes the same kind of film twice. Whilst this means he has pretty much no identifiable directorial sensibility, he's always full of surprises - it's hard to imagine that this nasty Scorsese produced/inflected neo-noir was directed by the same dude who would later turn his workmanlike hand, within a few years, to the pedestrian The Queen, the solid Philomena and the outright…
Thoughts about The Grifters
- The first scene has the screen split into three shots so you get to see the motions of each of the three “grifter” characters. This got me excited. I thought this movie is really going to put me behind the scenes into the art of grifting. I’m going to see how it’s done. Not only is this the only moment that a split screen is used to follow all the characters at once, there isn’t…
What starts off as another simple con movie about grifters quickly delves into a fascinating character study.
The film is filled with spine tingling twists throughout and never ceases to keep the viewer wondering who's going to get conned.
All three lead actors: John Cusack, Annette Bening,and Anjelica Huston(especially Huston) give some of the best performances of their careers. Each scene becomes a model for great acting as well as brilliant storytelling.
Stephen Frears really went all out with this…
Director: Stephen Frears (Final Film)
The Grifters is a pulpy Oedipal story influenced strongly by Greek tragedy and my earliest comparison to another film comes in the form of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror Psycho.
This film isn't a horror, and perhaps due to my real lack of knowledge regarding neo-noir I'm stuck for anything real to connect it to, but what I loved about the film, and the characters especially is that they're essentially conning everyone else, but…
I was excited to see this and I had heard so many good thing but I was just bored. Black comedies are tough because if you don't find them funny they can be boring if the story is not good. I think of HAPPINESS. The cover says a hilarious black comedy and I didn't laugh once, but the story still had me locked in by its awkwardness and mortified by its progress. This was not this case with Grifters. I couldn't wait for this to end.
One of the many things I love about classic-era noir films is the brevity - so many of them fit their twists and turns into taut 90-minute packages, a sort of "all killer, no filler" approach. Weirdly, of all the noir tropes that neo-noir films inherit, this is the one that always seems to go missing. The Grifters is an interesting story, told with style, but it seems to take forever to get going.
The cast is…
El británico Stephen Frears se reveló como la elección idónea para dirigir esta adaptación de una novela de Jim Thompson, una auténtica actualización de los cánones del cine negro americano clásico.
El director de Las amistades peligrosas se sintió a gusto manejando esta historia tan sórdida como atractiva, con unos personajes al límite que consiguen el milagro de no resultar ridículos. Sobre un guión de Donald E. Westlake (también autor de novela negra), Frears filma una película contundente que se…
I love this.
I relish films like this. I really, truly adore them. If Stephen Frears only, only could have stuck to churning out films like The Grifters, dear God would I be in love with the man.
The source material comes from classic crime novelist Jim Thompson, whose work (After Dark, My Sweet, The Killer Inside Me) has been transferred to the screen several times, so it comes as no surprise that The Grifters is just as successful as…
★★★★½ = Superb
An unacknowleged classic, The Grifters is a neo-noir of the highest order. For my tastes, it is the best noir I have seen, with Double Indemnity (1944) a close second.
The film is based on the novel, The Grifters, by legendary pulp crime fiction novelist Jim Thompson.
John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening take you on a journey you will never forget. The casting here is absolutely superb. Highly-respected supporting actors such as Pat Hingle, J.T.…
Sold film, well written, produced, acted; and yet, I didn't warm to it. I didn't like any of the characters: I didn't really want any of them to succeed.
Watching this a few weeks after House of Games made for an interesting contrast. Where Mamet's film is entirely structured around the long con of its final twist and tailors its characters' motivation towards that end, The Grifters is much more interested in the psychology of its characters than conning its audience. The protagonist, Roy (John Cusack) prefers to stick to relatively low-risk short cons, but his girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening) and mother, Lily (Anjelica Huston) - who Roy hasn't…
Kind of like American Hustle, but without the pretension. Also - with an actually interesting style.