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Reservoir Dogs Details


In 1992, Reservoir Dogs transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after (but not during) a botched jewelry store robbery organized by Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney). Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) is a career criminal who takes a liking to newcomer Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) and enjoys showing him the ropes. Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) is a weaselly loner obsessed with professionalism. Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) has just gotten out of jail after taking the rap on a job for Cabot; he's grateful for the work but isn't the same person he used to be. While Mr. Blonde goes nuts during the heist, the thieves are surprised by the sudden arrival of the police, and Mr. Pink is convinced one of their team is a cop. So who's the rat? What do they do about Mr. Blonde? And what do they do with Mr. Orange, who took a bullet in the gut and is slowly bleeding to death? Reservoir Dogs jumps back and forth between pre- and post-robbery events, occasionally putting the narrative on pause to let the characters discuss such topics as the relative importance of tipping, who starred in Michael Madsen, and what to do when you enter a men's room full of cops carrying a briefcase full of marijuana. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 15, 1993


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 1992 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Quentin Tarantino In Competition 1991 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Quentin Tarantino Best First Feature 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Quentin Tarantino Best Director 1992 Nominee


Harvey Keitel
as Mr. White/Larry
Tim Roth
as Mr. Orange/Freddy
Michael Madsen
as Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
Chris Penn
as Nice Guy Eddie
Steve Buscemi
as Mr. Pink
Lawrence Tierney
as Joe Cabot
Quentin Tarantino
as Mr. Brown
Kirk Baltz
as Marvin Nash
Randy Brooks
as Holdaway
Linda Kaye
as Shocked Woman
Maria Strova
as Background Radio Play
Robert Ruth
as Shot Cop
Michael Sottile
as Teddy
David Steen
as 2nd Sheriff
Laurie Latham
as Background Radio Play
Burr Steers
as Background Radio Play
Lawrence Bender
as Young Cop / Background Radio Play
Craig Hamann
as Background Radio Play
Tony Cosmo
as 3rd Sheriff
Steven Wright
as K-Billy DJ
Rich Turner
as 1st Sheriff
Edward Bunker
as Mr. Blue


Quentin Tarantino
Lawrence Bender
Quentin Tarantino
Andrzej Sekula
Karyn Rachtman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Karyn Rachtman
Composer (Music Score)
Sally Menke
David Wasco
Production Designer
Harvey Keitel
Richard N. Gladstein
Executive Producer
Monte Hellman
Executive Producer
Ronna Wallace
Executive Producer
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Set Designer
Jamie Beardsley
First Assistant Director
Pat McGroarty
Marcia Holley
Ronnie Yeskel
Paul Hellerman
Production Manager
Ken Segal
Sound Mixer
Michelle Buhler