Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

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Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 crime thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, and Quentin Tarantino himself.


Quentin Tarantino is famously known for previously working in Video Archives, a video rental store which acquired him his encyclopedic knowledge of film. While working there, he originally planned to shoot his script on Reservoir Dogs for thirty-thousand dollars with the help of his friends and co-workers. Tarantino managed to passed his script to Actor Harvey Keitel and became a producer and to star as the leading role of Mr. White.

First Screening

The film's first screening was in the Sundance Film Festival, Holiday Village Cinema in 1992. The screening did not go well as intended. The film was shot with a widescreen lense, however the Projectionist at the cinema did not have the correct aperture plate required to fit the film's dimensions. Only a 1/3 of the widescreen film was shown. Due to this, the audience had trouble watching the film. Richard Gladstein (A film producer who attended the screening) said

"There where scenes when Michael Madsen had lines of dialogue and you couldn't even see him".

Tarantino was so upset that he stood up during the screening and yelled to stop the projection.


According to Empire magainze, the film ranked #1 in the Greatest Indepedent Films of all Time list. The film grossed over $2 million in the US and £6.5 million in the UK. The film's critical reception is mostly positive, scoring a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Killing & City on Fire Controversy

The film has been accused of copying the films The Killing and City on Fire as it bares striking similarities. A 1994 short film titled Who Do You Think You're Fooling compared the films and brought media attention. Quentin Tarantino admitted this by saying.

"I steal from every movie ever made".

On February 10th, 2016, The Film Theorists uploaded a video titled "Reservoir Dogs: Stolen or Homage? – Frame By Frame" in which it explains it in depth.

Media References

The Simpsons

On February 7, 1997, The Simpsons aired their thirteenth episode of season 8 titled "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala-Doh!cious". The episode had an Itchy and Scratchy segment that parodies the film titled "Reservoir Cats".


On March 15, 2002, Spongebob Squarepants aired their 16th episode of Season 3 titled "Squilliam Returns". The episode referenced the famous World's Smallest Violin line from the film.

Kevin Hart

Group Walk

This is an iconic image from the film. It has spawned numerous parodies found on the internet, this picture is most notable in facebook covers, 9gag, flickr, and tumblr (shown below).


Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi is an American actor and film director. Buscemi is also known for starring in other movies such as The Big Lebowski, Con Air, Armageddon, and Desperado. Buscemi played Mr. Pink in the film.

Steve Buscemeyes

Steve Buscemeyes is a photoshop meme featuring images of people, typically celebrities, with Buscemi’s characteristic eyes substituted for their own.

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