Daily Dialogue — March 21, 2018

“Larry, look. It’s been quite a long time. A lot of jobs. There’s no need for this, man. Let’s just put our guns down, and let’s settle this with a fucking conversation.”

Reservoir Dogs (1992), written by Quentin Tarantino

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Standoff.

Trivia: Armed with thirty thousand dollars and a 16mm camera, Quentin Tarantino was all set to make the film with a bunch of friends, including his producing partner Lawrence Bender, who was going to play Nice Guy Eddie. It was then that Tarantino received an answerphone message from Harvey Keitel, asking if he could not only be in the film, but help produce it. Keitel had gotten involved via the wife of Bender’s acting class teacher, who had managed to get a copy of the script to him. Keitel’s involvement helped raise the budget to one and a half million dollars.

NOTE: This is what a great script can do — get someone’s attention and support, someone like Harvey Keitel, who can help bring $$ to the project.

Dialogue On Dialogue: One the best standoffs in recent film history.