RARA-AVIS: Grifters the movie

From: Paul Miller ( phm@midsouth.rr.com)
Date: 02 Feb 2003

As movie adaptions of books go this is a great one. That being said the setting in time of the film is about thirty years later than the book. This prevents the story line of Carol the nurse, who as a child was in a Nazi concentration camp, from being developed. Her relationship with Roy is skipped in the movie and of course since it is set thirty years later she is too young to have been in a concentration camp in World War II. Much of Thompson's dialogue from the book is in the film and it is from another time and doesn't always fit to a 90s time setting. Aside from moving the movie to thirty years in the future this is a great adaption that is very faithful to Thompson's story. This film has an atmosphere that drips off the screen. Anjelica Huston is perfect. John Cusack and Annette Bening are not too shabby either. This is a superb film and you will never look at a bag full of oranges the same way again.

Paul Miller

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