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Title:
The grifters
Author:
Thompson, Jim, 1906-1977.
Publication Information:
Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2002?]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Three con artists walk on the razor's edge of life. Lilly has decided it's time to get out, and wants her son out, too. But Roy has fallen for sleek Myra, who wants him for her partner.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Jim Thompson.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1991.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated R.
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ISBN:
9780788837753
UPC:
786936190953

096009772390
Format :
DVD

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Director Stephen Frears' tense adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel The Grifters was one of a number of revival film noirs in the first half of the '90s. Updating the setting to contemporary Los Angeles, the film follows a trio of con artists who are intent on out-foxing each other. Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is a simple, two-bit con, whose life is thrown into turmoil when his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) returns home in an attempt to evade the law. Lilly doesn't warm to Roy's girlfriend Myra Langtry (Annette Bening), who is too similar to herself. Soon, the two women are competing for Roy in a battle that is more of a power struggle than a pursuit of affection, and the battle quickly turns dangerous. Huston was nominated for an Academy Award for her work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi