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Miller's Crossing

From the MPLC Collection: Miller’s Crossing

Miller’s Crossing is a recent addition to the BFFS Booking Scheme catalogue as part of the MPLC Collection.

Starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro and Albert Finney, Miller’s Crossing is a noirish gangster thriller from the inestimable Coen Brothers. Set during Prohibition, Tom Reagan (Byrne) an advisor to Leo (Finney) the dominant crime boss, seeks to balance rising tensions between Leo and his rival, Johnny Caspar, and prevent an all-out war.

Leo (Albert Finney) in Miller's Crossing
“The old man’s still an artist with a Thompson”

The writing of Miller’s Crossing was famously difficult, with Joel and Ethan taking time off in the middle to pen Barton Fink, a film about a screenwriter suffering from writer’s block, but the effort produced one of the most gripping and darkly humorous films of the Coen’s career so far. Many of their trademarks are here: absurdly named characters (Turturro’s Bernie Bernbaum is tremendous in both name and character), stark bursts of over the top violence, cracking dialogue (look no further than Johnny Caspar’s opening monologue about ethics) and a fat man screaming (video contains spoilers). A long time favourite of mine, there’s a strong argument for Miller’s Crossing being the Coen’s finest work so far. The Danny Boy set piece, Tom’s dry wit, The Dane, Carter Burwell’s score and Barry Sonnenfield’s beautiful cinematography are highlights in a consistently excellent film.

Miller’s Crossing is one of 50 MPLC titles that you can book through BFFS from just £85 per title.

The full list of MPLC titles is available on the BFFS website as part of the full BFFS Booking Scheme catalogue. All you need to do is fill in the usual Booking Form with the film and date, we’ll then process your booking and you’ll receive a licence from MPLC. After your screening you will need to fill in a returns form as MPLC titles are booked on a commercial basis of £85 minimum guarantee/35% of box office.

Why not screen Miller’s Crossing as part of a Coen Brothers retrospective with Fargo and Raising Arizona, both titles also available on the Booking Scheme?

It would also make a great addition to a season of classic crime films with other titles such as  Rififi, Brute Force, King of New York and The Conformist.
Gabriel Byrne in Miller's Crossing

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