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The Grifters

SEDUCTION. BETRAYAL. MURDER. WHO’S CONNING WHO?

thegriftersVeteran con artist Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) meets her son (John Cusack) for the first time in eight years and realizes that heā€™s been seriously hurt; after getting him to a hospital, she meets his mysterious girlfriend (Annette Bening)ā€¦ The same year as Martin Scorsese directed GoodFellas, he also produced this pitch-black drama about three professional grifters. Mother and son share a sensitive past and the girlfriend is very skilled at what she does (as proven in an entertaining flashback sequence where she was part of an elaborate scam). Very dark, but utterly involving thanks to a good script, tight direction, an edgy music score and superb performances where Huston is a stand-out.

1990-U.S. 114 min. Color. Produced byĀ Martin Scorsese, Robert A. Harris, Jim Painter. Directed byĀ Stephen Frears. Screenplay: Donald E. Westlake. Novel: Jim Thompson. Music: Elmer Bernstein. Cast: Anjelica Huston (Lilly Dillon), John Cusack (Roy Dillon), Annette Bening (Myra Langtry), Pat Hingle, Henry Jones, Michael Laskinā€¦ J.T. Walsh, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jeremy Piven. Narrated byĀ Martin Scorsese.

Trivia: Cher was allegedly considered for the part of Lilly.

Last word: “John Gielgud once said, ‘If youā€™re lucky you know what film youā€™re in.’ [Making sure everybody’s on the same page] isĀ part of the job. You have to learn to talk to your actors. I was directing Annette Benning on ‘The Grifters’ and I told her about Gloria Grahame ā€“ she hadnā€™t heard of her ā€“ and I told her to watch her films. And after that her performance was brilliant.” (Frears, MovieMaker)

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