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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Drama Rated R

A tantalizing debut from Quentin Tarantino, this is an action movie comprised almost entirely of words. A pack of would-be thieves (Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Bunker and Tarantino himself) hole up in a warehouse after a heist goes awry, each trying to figure out which one of them squawked to police. The scripted banter here – even, perhaps especially, the incidental stuff – is so funny and fresh this easily could work as a play, though Tarantino’s handling of music, camera staging and pacing reveals him to be a born filmmaker. It’s a relief that most of the action takes place off-screen; we’d rather just listen to these guys talk.