Gangsters, violence, murder and corruption are the themes
of the movie, "Reservoir Dogs" written by Quentin
Tarantino. It is a postmortem on a crime gone wrong. The
story thread is difficult to follow because it jumps from
subject to subject and can be a little confusing.
Director/screenwriter/actor/producer Quentin Tarantino was
perhaps the most distinctive and volatile talent to emerge
in American film in the early '90s. Unlike the previous
generation of American filmmakers, Tarantino learned his
craft from his days as a video clerk, rather than as a film
school student. Consequently, he developed an audacious
fusion of pop culture and independent art-house cinema; his
films were thrillers that were distinguished as much by
their clever, twisting dialogue as their outbursts of
extreme violence. Tarantino initially began his career as
an actor (his biggest role was an Elvis impersonator on an
episode of "The Golden Girls"), taking classes while he was
working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California.
During his time at Video Archives, the fledgling filmmaker
began writing screenplays, completing his first, True
Romance, in 1987. With his co-worker Roger Avary (who would
later also become a director), Tarantino tried to get
financial backing to film the script. After years of
negotiations, he decided to sell the script, which wound up
in the hands of director Tony Scott. During this time,
Tarantino wrote the screenplay for Natural Born Killers.
Again, he was unable to come up with enough investors to
make a movie and gave the script to his partner Rand
Vossler. Tarantino then used the money he made from True
Romance to begin pre-production on " Reservoir Dogs", a
film about a failed heist. " Reservoir
Dogs" received financial backing from LIVE Entertainment
after Harvey Keitel agreed to star in the movie.
Word-of-mouth on " Reservoir Dogs" began to build at the
1992 Sundance film festival, which led to scores of glowing
reviews, making the film a cult hit.