The Grifters

Evergreen classic

WHEN Louis B. Mayer, in 1936, suggested to friend Irving Thalberg that they make a movie about a headstrong southern girl who survives the Civil War but finally loses the only man she cares for, Thalberg said: 'Forget it, Louis.

Monday, 17 July, 1995, 12:00am


NAME droppers take note. Cocktail parties go a whole lot better on an announcement that you spent the afternoon trying on glasses at I. Junction.

12 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Boys will be men

IF you have ever seen an adolescent coming-of-age movie (Porky's, Animal House, Risky Business and my favourite Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary ) you will know that the plots show little variation. Boys become men by guzzling beer and ogling girls.

5 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Pick of the TV Flicks

THIS town positively seethes with potential conflicts of interest, and we're all susceptible to them. Including yours truly. Given the fact I've lately been popping up on the telly embarrassedly rapping the words 'great entertainment never stops on Pearl', this might be an appropriate time to play things straight down the middle critically. No critical swipes or gripes here, then.

31 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Scorsese spins a taut tale on con game

JOHN Cusack and Annette Bening team up with director Martin Scorsese to spin a taut tale in The Grifters (Astor Classics). The backcloth is set in Los Angeles where lives many swindlers.

Among them Myra (Bening), who uses her looks and charm to lure rich Texans into elaborate cons, is looking for a partner. One day, she bumps into Roy (Cusack) who is a single con artist.

7 Jan 1993 - 12:00am