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The Grifters (1990)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 5, 1990
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 30, 1998

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Running Time
1 hour, 59 minutes

Country USA

Studio Cineplex Odeon Films, Miramax

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• The Grifters
• Grifters (1990)

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Gangsters, Scams And Cons, Love Triangle, Suspense, Cult Classic, Tragedy, Revenge, Murder

Tagline: Seduction. Betrayal. Murder. Who's Conning Who?

Plot: THE GRIFTERS is an intense character study of people caught in a world with no one to trust.This cool and brutal adaptation by director Stephen Frears of Jim Thompson's stylish noir novel centers on the complex lives of three con artists. The action centers around the shady Roy Dillon (John Cusack), a low-level L.A. con man and petty thief, and Roy's sexy, amoral girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening), a con artist who is down on her luck and willing to do whatever it takes to get back on top of her game. Rounding out the trio is Roy's mother, Lilly (Angelica Huston), a veteran con artist who shares little with Roy other than a bizzare Oedipal attraction. The seedy underbelly of L.A. life is played out in evocative tableaux, as Myra and Lilly compete for Roy's attention until they ultimately drive him away.

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 Directed by
Stephen Frears
High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things
 Written by
Jim Thompson
The Killing, The Getaway, The Getaway
Donald E. Westlake
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Anjelica Huston
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John Cusack
Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Stand by Me
Annette Bening
American Beauty, Mars Attacks!, The American President
Stephen Tobolowsky
Memento, Groundhog Day, The Insider
Pat Hingle
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Jeremy Piven
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Gregory Sporleder
The Rock, Black Hawk Down, Twister
 Music By
Elmer Bernstein
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