Director: Quentin Tarantino

99 mins, U.S.A., 1992, Digital

This film screened 31st January 2016.

This month’s Hangover Lounge – our monthly indulgent Sunday afternoon of brunch and a classic film – revisits Quentin Tarantino’s remarkable debut from 1992, a film with a justifiable claim to having altered the course of U.S. indie filmmaking.

A sharply dressed gang of hoodlums, known to each other and the audience by their pseudonyms, reconnoitres in a warehouse after a botched jewel heist. Convinced the police were tipped off, the thieves go to extreme lengths to expose the snitch in their midst. The tropes that would come to define Tarantino’s cinema appear fully realised in this explosive debut. Tarantino makes a virtue of the confined warehouse space, capitalising on the mounting claustrophobia and paranoia as his characters engage in mutually destructive psychological warfare. (Notes by David O’Mahony)

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