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The Grifters
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The Grifters 1991

From Amazon: Annette Bening twists like a mink on a leash through Stephen Frears's adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel. This may be the perfect trope for the moral hysteria that coils around a mother, her son, and his girlfriend in this slender but highly pleasurable neo-noir. Small in effect and local in scope, the film is about small-fry, attractive, bloodless con artists who view the world as neatly split between ropers and suckers, grifters and squares. "Grifter's got an irresistible urge to beat a guy that's wise," an old-timer tells Roy (John Cusack). And yet the three characters here--played by Angelica Huston, Cusack, and Bening--only beat the...

Directed By:
Stephen FrearsStephen Frears
Written By:
No image existsDonald E. Westlake
Anjelica HustonAnjelica Huston
John CusackJohn Cusack
Annette BeningAnnette Bening
No image existsPat Hingle
J.T. WalshJ.T. Walsh
No image existsCharles Napier
No image existsHenry Jones
No image existsGailard Sartain
Jeremy PivenJeremy Piven

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The Grifters Movie Review by Filmkiller (6/5/2011)

Given that the Grifters is kind of, but not really, about working the con, I'm going to resist the temptation to use analogies related to various hustles as I'd get tired of myself faster than you would. However, I can't deny that I think Grifters has had a similar effect on its audience as the characters might have on a...

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The Grifters Movie Review by Steven (1/9/2008)

"The Grifters" is an effective thriller that every time I see it I think the movie is playing mind games with me.

Directed by Stephen Frears and produced by Martin Scorcese the film is about mother and son con artists (Anjelica Huston and John Cusack) who meet a sexy con artist (Annette Bening). From then on All three...

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