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R| 1 hr. 53 min.

Plot Summary
Hard-as-nails Lily Dillon (Anjelica Huston) works as a swindler for dangerous bookie Bobo (Pat Hingle), probably the only man she fears. Arriving in Los Angeles on "business," Lily looks up her son, Roy (John Cusack), a small-time con artist content with paltry sleight-of-hand cheats. Roy's girlfriend, Myra (Annette Bening), looks like an All-American type but is a grifter looking to pull off another big-time con. The convergence of the three hustlers inevitably means trouble for all of them.

Cast: John Cusack , Anjelica Huston , Annette Bening , Pat Hingle , J.T. Walsh , Charles Napier ,

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

The Grifters (1990)

Release Date: December 5th, 1990|1 hr. 53 min.

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  • [Frears] has not only captured the bleak qualities of the old film noir melodramas but supplied an undercurrent that is as sly as it is unsettling. [25 Jan 1991] show more

  • More than anything, The Grifters isn't dramatically shot; black-and-white would have made a huge difference. [5 Dec 1990] show more

  • Mr. Frears is as good with the small touches as he is with the big ones – and that means they're great. [24 Jan 1991, p.A8(E)] show more

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