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FULL SYNOPSIS

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

  • Release date:December 5, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Anjelica Huston Best Actress 1989 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Anjelica Huston Best Actress 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Anjelica Huston Best Actress 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anjelica Huston Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anjelica Huston Best Actress 1990 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Annette Bening Best Supporting Actress 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Annette Bening Best Supporting Actress 1990 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Annette Bening Best Supporting Actress 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Frears Best Director 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Donald E. Westlake Best Adapted Screenplay 1990 Nominee

Cast

John Cusack
as Roy Dillon
Anjelica Huston
as Lilly Dillon
Annette Bening
as Myra Langtry
Pat Hingle
as Bobo Justus
J.T. Walsh
as Cole
Charles Napier
as Rebbing
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Receptionist 1
Gailard Sartain
as Joe
Micole Mercurio
as Waitress
Ivette Soler
as Maid
Victoria Thomas
Jon Gries
as Drunk's Friend
Jeremy Piven
as Sailor - Freshman
Sandy Baron
as Doctor
Juliet Landau
as Young Lilly
Ray Sharkey
as FBI Man
Xander Berkeley
as Lt. Pierson
Henry Jones
as Simms
Jan Munroe
as Guy at Bar
Gregory Sporleder
as Sailor - Spooney
Richard Holden
as Cop
Jeff Perry
as Drunk
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Jeweler
Frances Bay
as Arizona Motel Clerk
Noelle Harling
as Nurse Flynn
Juliet Taylor
Michael Laskin
as Irv
Lou Hancock
as Nurse
Eddie Jones
as Mintz

Crew

Stephen Frears
Director
Donald E. Westlake
Screenwriter
Jim Thompson
Book Author
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Mick Audsley
Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Leslie McDonald
Art Director
Peggy Rajski
Co-producer
Robert Harris
Co-producer
Martin Scorsese
Co-producer
Barbara de Fina
Executive Producer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Richard Hornung
Costume Designer
Victoria Thomas
Casting
Juliet Taylor
Casting
Llewellyn Wells
Production Manager
Julie Hewett
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