Reservoir Dogs - Wild dogs

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German title Reservoir Dogs
- Wild dogs
Original title Reservoir Dogs
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1992
length 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Quentin Tarantino
script Quentin Tarantino
production Lawrence Bender
music Karyn Rachtman
camera Andrzej Sekuła
cut Sally Menke

Reservoir Dogs is the first movie by director Quentin Tarantino from 1992 . It is considered a classic of independent films and is referred to as the "greatest independent film of all time". As a heist movie, it tells the story of a failed robbery. The leading roles are starring Harvey Keitel , Michael Madsen , Chris Penn , Steve Buscemi , Lawrence Tierney , Edward Bunker and Tim Roth . Tarantino has a supporting role as "Mr. Brown ".


Eight men, most of whom do not know each other, are sitting in a restaurant. They chat and argue about various topics, including Madonna's song Like a Virgin and whether it makes sense to tip in a restaurant . Except for the crime boss Joe Cabot and his son, the "nice Eddie", all use aliases according to color. A planned raid is mentioned.

After this opening credits, two of the men drive in a car. One of the two, alias "Mr. Orange “, lies seriously injured in the back seat; he is bleeding from a gunshot wound on his stomach. His colleague “Mr. White “sits at the wheel and tries to calm him down. They drive to a meeting point, a warehouse, where the “Mr. Pink ”makes it clear that the robbery she has just committed on a diamond dealer has been betrayed to the police - so one of the gang must be a mole. In a flashback, Mr. Pink describes how he shot his way free. It is also mentioned that “Mr. Brown “was dead. In the next flashback we learn that Mr. White and Joe Cabot have known each other for a long time and that Mr. White trusts Joe.

The psychopathic “Mr. Blonde ”, through whose fault the attack turned into a bloodbath, also comes to the meeting point. He arrives just as Mr. White and Mr. Pink are threatening each other with their weapons. The subsequent dialogue between Mr. White and Mr. Blonde almost leads to a violent escalation. Mr. Blonde brought a handcuffed cop in the trunk of his car. He is brutally dragged into the warehouse and beaten up there by the three uninjured gangsters.

The "nice Eddie" comes along and drives away the suspicious cars with Mr. White and Mr. Pink. Meanwhile, Mr. Blonde begins to torture the captured policeman named Marvin Nash, whom he has handcuffed to a chair, while Mr. Orange appears to be lying there unconscious. He wants to find out who the informant was, but the young policeman doesn't know anything. Mr. Blonde cuts off the policeman's ear with a razor, pours gasoline over him and is about to set him on fire when Mr. Blonde is shot by Mr. Orange, who has just regained consciousness. Now that they are among themselves, Mr. Orange identifies himself to the cop as an undercover colleague. Nash is not surprised and says that they were introduced to each other a few months ago, which Mr. Orange does not remember. Nash very much, but despite the torture, he didn't betray him.

Mr. Orange recalls telling his superiors that he had contacted a gang of criminals and how he prepared to work together. It becomes clear why the gang uses pseudonyms : The organizer Joe Cabot, who puts the team together, wants to avoid the gangsters getting to know each other and later betraying each other.

Eddie, Mr. Pink and Mr. White return. Eddie shoots the tortured policeman. The three of them want Mr. Orange to explain Mr. Blonde's death, and Mr. Orange claims that Mr. Blonde tried to betray the whole gang. Eddie, who was a close friend of Mr. Blonde and was deeply indebted to him, does not believe Mr. Orange and is on the verge of killing him.

Joe Cabot shows up and accuses Mr. Orange of being an informant. He tells the others that "Mr. Blue “was dead. Cabot now points his gun at Mr. Orange. However, Mr. White does not believe in his guilt and in turn targets Joe. Eddie is now aiming at Mr. White - and the Mexican standoff is perfect. When all three shoot, Mr. White catches both Eddie and Joe, with Mr. White being the only one who can still move after the exchange of fire, seriously wounded. During the exchange of fire, Mr. Pink hides under the ramp and then leaves the location with the prey, but is overwhelmed by the police in front of the hall, who have only been waiting for Joe Cabot to arrive some distance away. When the badly wounded Mr. Orange confesses to the dying Mr. White that he was an informant, the latter holds his pistol to his head; but then the police storm the warehouse and ask Mr. White to lower his gun. You can still only see Mr. White's face, first hear a single shot and then a whole volley - Mr. White falls to the ground ...


It is characteristic of the film that the individual scenes are not arranged chronologically. For example, flashbacks show the planning of the robbery, as well as Mr. Orange's preparation for his undercover assignment. The scenic representation of the actual attack is missing; the process becomes clear in a kind of messenger report only through the story of the actors. Tarantino uses these means specifically to better draw the figures.

Much of the film takes place in an abandoned warehouse, which is actually an old, disused morgue. The production costs could thereby be kept very low. In the room where Harvey Keitel washes his face, you can see embalming fluid in canisters. The apartment of Tim Roth's character “Mr. Orange ”is located in the same warehouse on the first floor. The warehouse has since been torn down. The script is very conversational; A characteristic are the word battles known for Tarantino films, some of which do not contribute directly to the course of the plot, but rather serve the character drawing. The verbal battles often characterize a particular comedy; one of them ends in the discussion of the song Like A Virgin by Madonna .

Tarantino took over the idea with the color pseudonyms from the gangster film Stops the Death Ride of Subway 123 from 1974. Influences from Ringo Lam's City on Fire , Stanley Kubrick's The Calculation Didn't Work Out and Phil Karlsons The Fourth Man can also be seen .

On the original English soundtrack, the marijuana drought happened in 1986 (and not 1968, as it is called in the German dubbed version).

The title of the film goes back to the film title Au revoir les enfants ; this was corrupted by a customer of the video library who did not know French about Reservoir Dogs .

When looking for producers to finance the film, Tarantino and Bender received unusual offers. A producer offered to both finance the film with $ 1.6 million, but only if Tarantino and Bender had agreed to change the ending of the film: all dead should be resurrected and the events in the film as hoax or Explain the staging. Another producer promised to provide $ 500,000 if his girlfriend played the role of "Mr. Blonde “should have taken over.

Edward Bunker, who played the minor supporting role of "Mr. Blue ”was actually a bank robber in real life (among other things). He later became a writer and actor; so he could leave his criminal past behind.

The bar where Mr. Orange tells his story of a drug deal is actually a gay bar in North Hollywood called The Lodge.


The background music for the entire film with songs from the 1970s is also striking. In addition, the legendary Wilhelmsschrei (known from Star Wars and Indiana Jones, among others ) was used. You can hear him during the escape from “Mr. Pink “in front of the police.

The Reservoir Dogs: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was the first soundtrack to a Quentin Tarantino film. He defined the structure of his later soundtracks, such as the use of dialog excerpts from his films. The soundtrack consists of a selection of songs from the 1970s. The radio station "K-Billy's Super Sound of the Seventies" plays a prominent role in the film. Steven Wright , a comedian known for his inexpressive display of jokes, has been selected as the DJ for this radio .

A special feature of the film music is the selection of the pieces. According to Tarantino, the music is a counterpoint to the violence and action in the film. He wanted to create a 1950s feel for the film with 1970s music. A prominent example of this is the torture scene to the melody of Stuck in the Middle with You . The following songs are included on the soundtrack:

  1. And Now Little Green Bag… (excerpt from monologue with Steven Wright) - 0:15
  2. Little Green Bag by The George Baker Selection - 3:15
  3. Rock Flock of Five (monologue excerpt with Steven Wright) - 0:11
  4. Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede - 2:53
  5. Bohemiath (monologue excerpt with Steven Wright) - 0:34
  6. I Gotcha by Joe Tex - 2:27
  7. Magic Carpet Ride by Bedlam - 5:10
  8. Madonna Speech (excerpt from dialogue with Quentin Tarantino , Edward Bunker , Lawrence Tierney , Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel ) - 0:59
  9. Fool for Love by Sandy Rogers - 3:25
  10. Super Sounds (monologue excerpt with Steven Wright) - 0:19
  11. Stuck in the Middle by Stealers Wheel - 3:23
  12. Harvest Moon by Bedlam - 2:38
  13. Let's Get a Taco (excerpt from dialogue with Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth ) - 1:02
  14. Keep on Truckin ' (monologue excerpt with Steven Wright) - 0:16
  15. Coconut by Harry Nilsson - 3:50
  16. Home of Rock (monologue excerpt with Steven Wright) - 0:05


The German dubbed version was created in 1992 by Cinephon . Horst Müller wrote the dialogue book, Manfred Lehmann directed the dialogue and also spoke “Mr. Blonde".

role actor Voice actor
Mr. White / Larry Dimmick Harvey Keitel Fred Maire
Mr. Orange / Freddy Newendyke Tim Roth Torsten Sense
Mr. Blonde / Vic Vega Michael Madsen Manfred Lehmann
Mr. Pink Steve Buscemi Udo Schenk
Nice Eddie Chris Penn Tobias Master
Mr. Brown Quentin Tarantino Andreas Hosang
Mr. Blue Edward Bunker Thomas Kästner
Marvin Nash Kirk Baltz Patrick Winczewski
K-Billy DJ Steven Wright Hubertus Bengsch
Holdaway Randy Brooks Ronald Nitschke
Sheriff telling anecdote Rich Turner Jörg Hengstler

On May 7, 2009 - 17 years after its cinema premiere - the WDR film was shown for the first time on German television.



Premiered Reservoir Dogs on 21 January 1992 at the Sundance Film Festival . It was also presented at the following festivals:

  • May 13, 1992 in Cannes
  • June 21, 1992 in Noir, Italy
  • June 25, 1992 in Avignon , France
  • September 1992 Cinefest Sudbury in Canada
  • September 16, 1992 in Toronto
  • October 1992 in Sitges in Spain and in Chicago
  • October 29, 1992 in São Paulo
  • November 25, 1992 in Stockholm and again in November 2004
  • February 1993 in Yūbari in Japan and in Porto
  • March 1993 in Brussels
  • September 2006 in Deauville , France
  • June 2nd, 2007 at the Moonlit Matines Film Festival in the USA
  • October 14, 2007 at the Panorama of European Cinema in Greece
  • November 2007 in Cairo
  • June 2008 at the P-Town Film Festival in the USA
  • April 26, 2014 at the Sundance London Film Festival
  • November 2, 2017 at the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan (digitally restored version)

It was shown in cinemas in France from September 2, 1992, in Switzerland from September 4, 1992 and in German cinemas for the first time on September 10, 1992. It was shown in Italian cinemas on October 9, 1992, in Spain on October 14, 1992. In the United States, it was seen from October 23, 1992 in a limited version. It started in British cinema in January 1993, in Sweden in February 1993, in Ireland in March 1993, in Norway in April 1993, in Turkey, Portugal and Denmark in May 1993, in Brazil in June 1993, in Finland and Australia in July 1993, in the Netherlands in August 1993, in Hungary in May 1994 (video premiere). The film was also released in Argentina, Uruguay, South Korea, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Chile, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Israel, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Vietnam.

DVD with German soundtrack

  • Release date: October 13, 2003, published by Universum Film GmbH, playing time: 94 minutes.


"A pessimistic drama about trust and betrayal, staged furiously in places, brilliantly played, which shows violence and its consequences as consistently as it is blatant."

“The film's attitude towards its characters is that of a compassionate researcher and arranger, who only shrugs off questions about morality, the message and the crime doesn't pay that is formally taking hold. Whether experienced hermeneuts decipher a commentary on the American state of affairs is secondary to the furor, theatrical brilliance and the irrepressible power of this debut. "

- Metzler's film dictionary

Film industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter wrote , "Profanistically violent, Reservoir Dogs will satisfy some of the needs of those moviegoers who can't get enough of Scorsese , but its relentless intensity is likely to claim many audience victims." Highlighted the performance von Keitel for his typically reliable portrayal as completely exhausted Mr. White and von Buscemi for his nasty characterization of Mr. Pink as well as that of Madsen as the cool psycho Mr. Blonde and ultimately that of Lawrence Tierney as Joe Cabot, who especially as the coarse leading head scary.

The author Dieter Wunderlich wrote: “The extraordinary [about the film] is neither the simple plot nor the sparse optics, but the formal: While in a classic gangster film the focus is on preparation and execution of the crime, Quentin Tarantino leaves out the robbery completely focuses on tragic consequences of the act. In addition, it doesn't tell the story in a linear fashion, but rather in a nested manner. ”Wunderlich continued:“ 'Reservoir Dogs' is more dialogue-heavy, and the warehouse looks almost like a theater stage. With unspectacular means, Quentin Tarantino succeeded in captivating the audience; You don't get bored for a minute. "

Ulrich Behrens from the film headquarters found that Reservoir Dogs was “a highly moral film” and added: “Treason, for example, will not be tolerated. It's about loyalty and redemption, but also about the threadbare and the failure of this ethical code in a certain context. […] 'Reservoir Dogs' is formally - despite the deliberate breaks and tendencies against the rules of drama and the heist movie - a classic tragedy. And also in terms of content. Death stands as the end point in a moral system in which loyalty is everything, and violation of which has inevitable consequences. Shakespeare staged nothing else in this regard. "


"Mr. Blonde “is called Vic Vega in the film. A character from Tarantino's next film Pulp Fiction has the same surname : Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta . The films do not say anything about a possible family relationship, but Tarantino has indicated in interviews that Vic and Vincent are brothers, possibly even twins. For years there have been rumors about a film project about the Vega brothers. A nurse named Bonnie is also mentioned in both films, but she is not shown at all in Reservoir Dogs and only briefly shown from behind once in Pulp Fiction . She is probably the same person.

The scene in which Mr. Blonde cuts off the policeman's ear was inspired by the spaghetti western Django (1966).

The 2002 Indian feature film Kaante is a remake of Reservoir Dogs that also includes elements from The Usual Suspects and Heat . Tarantino is said to have said of Kaante that this was his favorite copy of Reservoir Dogs .

The British television series Coupling satirized the opening scene of Reservoir Dogs in its episode Sex, Death & Nudity (2000).

There is also a video game of the same name to the film, which was released by Eidos Interactive in 2006 for PlayStation 2, Windows PC and Xbox. Because of some drastic depictions of violence, the game was not approved for sale in Australia and New Zealand. In the game Payday 2 it is possible to play a mission based on the film called Reservoir Dogs Heist .

The film cost around $ 1.2 million and grossed around $ 2.8 million.

Web links

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  13. EveryonePlays: Games Refused Classification in Australia ( Memento of the original from November 10, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed July 16, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  15. ↑ Box office results on (English)