Reservoir Dogs is a heist movie where you never even see the heist. The script is so amazing and the movie so thrilling, that you almost forget that fact. This film was also the debut of Quentin Tarantino, who went on to win two Oscars, and is known for his signature style.
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth of Reservoir Dogs reunited at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie. There, the cast revealed how everyone came upon the project, the negative reactions to the movie, and the secrets behind making the iconic scenes.
Here are 10 behind-the-scenes secrets you didn’t know from the reunion.
1. The first screening went horribly wrong
There is a good chance that the first audience who saw the movie didn’t like it because there were multiple mishaps during the screening. “They didn’t have a scope lens for the projector and it’s a scope movie. But I let them show it anyway because I didn’t know that you couldn’t, all right?” explained Tarantino. But that wasn’t the only thing that happened, as Tarantino explained:
That would be bad enough, but then it gets to the final climax where everyone’s yelling at each other … and, all of a sudden, the lights come up. And somebody realizes, ‘oh sh*t what’s going on?’ … then they bring the lights down. Then finally everybody has their guns pointed at everybody else. And, almost as if on purpose as far as the censors concerned, right at the height of that scene there’s a power outage, and all the power goes out.