Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
This is an alright mafia movie. I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of the genre (may FFC strike me down), and this film, while well done, really didn't get me going too much. It really doesn't have the true "mark" of a Coen brothers movie, either, so that contributes to my general apathy towards this one as well.
The story itself is a look at the internal ethics of the local mob leaders, and how they really hold the power of this anonymous Prohibition-era city, using the local politicians and police as extensions of their own whims. Specifically it follows Tom Reagan (done well by Gabriel Byrne), who is pretty much the strategist and brains behind the big shots. But he finds himself questioning his own motives as he tries to steer for peace on the streets while struggling with his own problems.
I dunno. It's a decent-enough period piece, and has some good actors (great turn by Coen-regular John Turturro as Bernie Bernbaum), but for whatever reason I didn't dig this as much as I thought I should have. Other folks love it to death. This is one of those I toss up and let it go, and hope yous out there find your own reasons to enjoy it. Maybe they shoulda had Bruce Campbell involved (though it did have Sam Raimi, so yeah, whatevuh).
DVD Notes: None, saw it on VHS.