Quentin Tarantino’s Critically Acclaimed Debut Film Is Coming To Netflix

Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino's first film and still one of his best, will soon be available to stream on Netflix.

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

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Reservoir Dogs, the film that made Quentin Tarantino a filmmaker, will be available to stream on Netflix starting January 1. While Tarantino is a household name now, especially for fans of movies involving crime, lots of violence, and excessive language, Reservoir Dogs was the first to put Tarantino on the map back in 1992. Since then, through films like Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, the filmmaker has gone on to become one of the biggest writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood.

There is no doubt that Quentin Tarantino has a brand. Over the course of his career, the filmmaker has become known for creating highly violent crime films that often don’t follow linear time and usually involve his characters diving into long sequences of dialogue. Even with his debut feature film, Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino knew what his brand was, though the world had never seen anything like it before.

When Quentin Tarantino released Reservoir Dogs, it immediately became controversial for the script’s heavy use of profanity and its depiction of violence. However, as an independent film, critics regarded it as an important milestone in filmmaking. It was a movie that audiences weren’t quite ready for, but that would pave the way for a brand-new style of film that would change the trajectory of Hollywood forever.

Reservoir Dogs is the story of six anonymous criminals who are hired for the same job. When police ambush the gang during their robbery, the criminals are forced to shoot their way out, with the survivors rendezvousing at a pre-appointed warehouse. They realize that the job was a setup and that there is a traitor hidden amongst them whose identity they must discover.

The film was written and directed by Quinten Tarantino, and Tarantino also plays a minor character, Mr. Brown. Reservoir Dogs stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, and Edward Bunker as the thieves. It was produced as an independent film by Lawerence Bender and was first released at Sundance Film Festival in 1992.

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The acclaimed cast of Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs was mildly successful at the time of its release, though, as an indie film, it wasn’t heavily promoted. After Quentin Tarantino began accumulating more successful films like Pulp Fiction in 1994 and Kill Bill Vol. 1 in 2003, Reservoir Dogs became a cult classic.

Since the release of Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has gone on to be one of the highest critically acclaimed filmmakers of the modern era. However, the writer and director is not a fan of the direction Hollywood is going, specifically with how many superhero movies the industry is creating. The auteur recently made a stir online when he said that Marvel actors are not movie stars and that it’s the characters that fans care more about.

Quentin Tarantino’s comment caused responses from both Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, who are not only Marvel actors but also some of the biggest names in Hollywood, even not in association with the MCU. Both Jackson and Downey Jr. acknowledged that it takes actors to create the characters that the fans love, and Downey Jr. added that there is plenty of room in the industry for all film preferences.