Reservoir Dogs
1992
*****
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino. Lawrence Tierney

A group of men who know each other only by their code names pull a heist that goes horribly wrong. The survivors meet in a warehouse and try to figure out what happened. In his directorial debut Quentin Tarantino takes the best elements from his favourite heist movies (mostly City on Fire and The Taking on Pelham One Two Three), and recycles them into something fresh. He never shows the actual robbery, for example. The film is brilliantly scripted and acted and Tarantino hasn’t made anything this tight since. The excellent soundtrack has become a cult hit of its own.