Quentin Tarantino Reunited With The Cast Of Reservoir Dogs
Tribeca Film Festival has pulled together some amazing movie reunions this week. Firstly we had the cast of the Godfather appearing on stage together.
And then, the cast of Reservoir Dogs were snapped together. Appearing at the festival last night to celebrate 25 years since the film hit our screens, the cast plus Tarantino posed together for this photo.
The iconic film was shown at this year's festival; with Tarantino, Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi getting together to tell the crowd how the movie came to be.
The 1992 crime thriller is one of Tarantino's most famous movies and it redefined the song 'Stuck in the Middle With You'.
Reservoir Dogs was the first film that he was responsible for, although the director had originally planned to shoot it with friends on a $30,000 budget.
His producer mate Lawrence Baker handed the script to his acting teacher, who then passed it on to actor Harvey Keitel, who played Mr White.
Keitel thought it was a decent script and helped Tarantino raise enough money for the project, even paying for casting sessions in New York.
The film is about the moments before and after a high-profile diamond heist, although the actual robbery is never shown because Tarantino wanted it to be ambiguous.
It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before being released worldwide where it made nearly $3 million at the box office.
The movie was nearly a play
It's hard to imagine a movie with that much violence being transferred onto a stage but that was nearly a reality.
Harvey Keitel revealed that the cast and crew rehearsed for two weeks, which according to him is unheard of in Hollywood.
Keitel said: "We actually almost went to four, because Quentin thought at one time about doing a play."
Not that I wouldn't want to see a play adaptation of Reservoir Dogs, but you can't deny that it's incredible in movie form.
Michael Madsen had no idea what to do in THAT scene
Possibly the most recognisable scene in the film is when Michael Madsen, aka Mr Blonde, tortures a police officer.
You don't see the cop's ear being cut off, as Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck in the Middle With You' plays in the background, but it's still messed up.
Before that gory bit happens, Mr Blonde does a cheeky shuffle around the place while singing the song.
But when Madsen read the script he had no idea what to do. He reminded Tarantino at the panel: "You never made me do it in rehearsal, because I was so intimidated by it. I didn't know what to do. In the script, it said, 'Mr. Blonde maniacally dances around.' And I kept thinking, 'What the fuck does that mean? Like [Mick] Jagger, or what? What the fuck am I going to do?'"
Despite his reservations about the dance, he pulls it off looking as cool as a cucumber.
Madsen says he got his moves from actor Jimmy Cagney: "I remembered this weird little thing that Jimmy Cagney did in a movie that I saw. I don't remember the name of it. He did this crazy little dance thing. It just popped into my head in the last second. That's where it came from."
Dozens of people walked out at the Sundance screening
For 1992, this movie was incredibly violent. Not that it isn't in 2017, but I mean we've had three Human Centipede movies by now, arguably extending the realm of how far we can go in terms of movie violence.
But it was too much for some viewers in the early 90s. Tarantino says he started counting the walkouts during the torture scene. He noted 33 people couldn't watch it anymore.
Even people attending the Stitges Horror Film Festival found it too gory. Tarantino told the crowd: "I thought, 'Finally, I've got an audience that won't walk out.' Five people walk out of that audience - including Wes Craven! The fuckin' guy who did Last House on the Left! My movie was too tough for him?"
Mr Blue was an actual thief in real life
You don't get to see too much of Edward Bunker, aka Mr Blue, in the film. But Bunker had an incredibly colourful life before and after the film.
He was well known to police as a teenager for various crimes including shoplifting before he was thrown in jail at the tender age of 16. Bunker wrote in his memoirs that he made up a story about stabbing a fellow inmate to establish a 'don't fuck with me' attitude.
Credit: California Department of Corrections
He was taken to the San Quentin State Prison when he was 17, becoming what's believed to be the youngest inmate at the jail at the time.
When he became an adult, he was declared criminally insane after claiming the Catholic Church had inserted a radio in his head.
When police were following him in the early 70s they thought he would lead them to a drug deal, but to their surprise it was a bank heist.
He was expecting to get 20 years in jail but only got five thanks to a lenient judge and some high-profile friends.
The more you know.
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