I don't know what it is about crime movies. I find that I watch and enjoy a lot of them. Oh yes, I still manage to get in the drama/epics (Rob Roy, Kingdom of Heaven), comedy (Blazing Saddles), and horror (most recently Prince of Darkness - the region 2 disc with John Carpenter's commentary) films, to name a few. But, I have a warm place in my heart for those that deal with crime in general. Last weekend I put on The Godfather Part II after I got the kids down for the night (I had done Part I last month). Like these, there are plenty that meet the high commercial and box office thresholds studios strive for. But, some of my crime gems came/went when initially released, never attaining success, and quickly forgotten to the video store dustbin.
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