Miller's Crossing script
Synopsis: When the Italian Mafia threatens to kill a crooked bookie (John Turturro), Irish mob boss Leo O'Bannon (Albert Finney) refuses to allow it, chiefly because he's dating the bookie's sister, crafty gun moll Verna Bernbaum (Marcia Gay Harden). Leo's right-hand man, Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne), is also seeing Verna on the sly, and when he's found out is obliged to switch sides, going to work for the Italian mob amidst a dramatically escalating gang war over liquor distribution.


What the hell is that supposed to mean?


Let it drift. All it means is a lot of people



I guess you ain't been listening. Sure other

people know. That's why we gotta go to this

question of character, determine just who exactly

is chiseling in an my fix. And that's how we

know it's Bernie Bernheim. The Motzah Kid.

'Cause ethically, he's kinda shaky.


You know Bernie's chiseling you because he's a

chiseler. And you know he's a chiseler because

he's chiseling you.



Sometimes you just know.


. . . So you wanna kill him.


For starters.

Leo nods, thinking. He swivels to look interrogatively at


Tom gives an almost imperceptable shrug. The ice cubes in

his glass clink.

Leo turns back to Caspar, pauses.


. . . Sorry, Caspar. Bernie pays me for protec-


Tom, peering over his drink, does not entirely conceal his


Caspar stares at Leo, his mouth open. It is not the

response he expected.


. . . Listen, Leo, I ain't askin, for permission.

I'm tellin' you as a courtesy. I need to do this

thing, so it's gonna get done.


Then I'm telling you as a courtesy that you'll

have trouble. You came here to see if I'd kick

if you killed Bernie. Well there's your answer.

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Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, collectively referred to as the Coen brothers, are American filmmakers. more…

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