The Grifters

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Released 1990

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Director:
Stephen Frears
Released:
1990
Rating:
R

The Grifters is the acclaimed 1990 crime thriller from celebrated director Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things), produced by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) and adapted from the novel by legendary author Jim Thompson (The Getaway). Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Houston) is a sexy, seductive horse track gambler, working for the crooked bookie Bobo (Pat Hingle), placing last minute bets to up the odds in her bosses favor. Having never been part of her son's life before, can Lilly redeem her love or will she stay true to her pathetic existence in the underworld of the grifter? Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is a slight of hand con man working the small side of the grift. Not really cut out for the dark world of the grift, Roy uses the `trick up his sleeve' approach to deceive his unsuspecting charges out of small change. While Roy's girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening) uses her alluring sex appeal to get what she wants, you know there is an even more sinister side to her character. Depicting an innocent and devoted lover, Myra, who's been playing the game a lot longer than anyone really knows, will try to manipulate Roy's feeble heart to her advantage. Roy, desperate to find love, might end up trusting the wrong person.

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