08 19 Oct '24
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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Miller's Crossing

115' - 1990 - Crime, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: Yiddish, Italian, English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Composer: Carter Burwell With: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro
Once Joel and Ethan Coen decided to do a gangster movie, it was inevitable that the "Thompson-Jitterbug" would find its way onscreen. The Coens are known for infusing their intricately plotted screenplays with macabre twists. Miller's Crossing does not abandon the tradition. Quite slmply, the "Thompson Jitterbug" refers to the gruesome dance performed involuntarily by a hood who's being riddled with bullets while his dead fingers continue to squeeze the trigger of a Thompson machine gun, jerking him up and down as the bullets tear apart the room. In one of the 22 quick cuts In this jitterbug, we see him shoot his toes off.

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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


Carter Burwell


Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro


Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Director of Photography

Barry Sonnenfeld


Michael R. Miller


Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

More information


Yiddish, Italian, English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

'The Glass Key'(Dashiell Hammett)



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