The film's budget was so low that many of the actors simply used their own clothing as wardrobe; most notably Chris Penn's track jacket. The signature black suits were provided for free by the designer, based on her love for the American crime film genre. Steve Buscemi wore his own black jeans instead of suit pants.
Madonna, who is the main topic of the opening conversation, really liked the film, but refuted Quentin Tarantino's interpretation of her song "Like a Virgin". She gave him a copy of her "Erotica" album, signed, "To Quentin. It's not about dick, it's about love. Madonna."
The budget wouldn't cover police assistance for traffic control, so in the scene where Steve Buscemi forces a woman out of her car and drives off in it, he could only do so when the traffic lights were green.
Quentin Tarantino was originally going to play Mr. Pink, although he made a point of letting all the other actors audition for the part. When Steve Buscemi came in to read for it, Tarantino told him that he really wanted the part for himself, and that the only way Buscemi could possibly wrestle it from him was to do a killer audition. Buscemi duly complied.
According to an interview on the DVD, Michael Madsen says that Kirk Baltz asked to ride in his trunk to experience what it was really like. Madsen agreed, but decided as he went along that this was time for his own character development. So he drove down a long alley with potholes, and then a Taco Bell drive-through before taking Baltz back to the parking lot and letting him out.
In an interview on BBC in 2009, Quentin Tarantino said he was proud the movie is often on top ten heist movies, even though you never actually see the heist.
Mr. Orange's apartment was the upstairs to the warehouse where most of the movie takes place. The filmmakers redecorated it to look like an apartment in order to save money on finding a real apartment.
Mr. Blonde's (Michael Madsen's) real name is Vic Vega. This is the same surname as Vince (John Travolta) from Pulp Fiction (1994). Tarantino has revealed that Vic and Vince are brothers. He also intended to do a prequel to both films called "Double V Vega", which would star the Vega Brothers, but Madsen and Travolta eventually got too old to reprise their roles, and Tarantino has since abandoned it.
Tim Roth refused to read for the film. He did insist on going out drinking with Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel. He agreed to read for them when they were all drunk.
Quentin Tarantino wanted James Woods to play a role in the film, and made him five different cash offers. Woods' agent refused the offers without ever mentioning it to Woods, as the sums offered were well below Woods' usual salary. When Tarantino and Woods later met for the first time, Woods learned of the offer and was annoyed enough to get a new agent. Tarantino avoided telling Woods which role he was offered, "because the actor who played the role was magnificent anyway." It has been speculated that the role to which Tarantino was referring was Mr. Orange.
The title for the film first came to Quentin Tarantino while visiting a production company and noticing that they had a pile of unsolicited scripts under the label "Reservoir dogs". All those scripts were fighting with each other for attention as dogs trapped in a reservoir tank. The name got stuck in his mind. Apart from this origin, initially told by Tarantino in interviews, in recent years he started to tell another version that occurred via a patron at the now-famous Video Archives. While working there, Tarantino would often recommend little-known titles to customers, and when he suggested Louis Malle's Au Revoir les Enfants (1987), the patron mockingly replied, "I don't want to see no reservoir dogs!" The fact if this last origin is true or just a funny story devised to answer the question of the origin of the title remains unclear. The title is never spoken in the film, however there are two references to dogs: the German Shepherd present in Mr. Orange's flashback and when Mr. Blonde called Mr. White "doggie".
For the European release, the distributor used one-sheet posters for each of the main characters. This was quite a novel strategy at the time, which has now become widespread.
Quentin Tarantino had to fight Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein to keep the torture scene in the film, as Weinstein felt it would have a serious negative effect on audiences. Tarantino stood his ground, and Weinstein ultimately relented.
Armed with $30,000 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 $1.5 million.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, career criminal Edward Bunker (Mr. Blue) stated that the film was unrealistic. He would never have considered committing a robbery with five people he didn't know (and therefore could not trust). He also commented that it would be extremely foolhardy for the distinctively dressed gang to publicly have breakfast together beforehand. When news of the robbery broke, witnesses would be certain to remember them.
Mr. Blonde's Cadillac Coupe de Ville belonged to Michael Madsen, because the budget wasn't big enough to rent a car for the character.
The film was released in America with almost no promotion, so it did not do that well at the box office. In England, however, it was such a huge hit that Quentin Tarantino would be mobbed as he walked down the street in London. British filmmakers have been influenced by it since.
One of the radio ads heard in the background is for "Jack Rabbit Slim's", the fictitious 1950s-themed restaurant, and "home of the five dollar milkshake" that was also featured in Pulp Fiction (1994).
To avoid alienating the film's backers, producer Lawrence Bender had the tamer scenes shot first, so that the dailies would strengthen the backers' confidence, before getting to the nasty, violent scenes.
Quentin Tarantino originally wrote the role of Mr. Pink for himself. Steve Buscemi originally auditioned for the part of Mr. White. Michael Madsen originally auditioned for the part of Mr Pink. George Clooney read for the role of Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega, but was turned down, and Christopher Walken refused the same role. Vincent Gallo turned down the role of Mr. Pink. Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the role of Mr. Orange. Once Tim Roth was cast, Quentin Tarantino originally wanted him to play Mr. Blonde or Mr. Pink. Robert Forster and Timothy Carey auditioned for the part of Joe Cabot, and the film is dedicated to Carey. Forster eventually played Max Cherry in Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997).
According to Steve Buscemi in a recent podcast interview, everyone had a difficult time with Lawrence Tierney because he was easily distracted and kept forgetting his lines. Quentin Tarantino and everyone else were so upset with him that Quentin fired Lawrence on the third day of filming.
Voted best independent film ever by Empire Magazine. It also was voted most influential movie in the past fifteen years by the same magazine.
On a day off during the shoot, Lawrence Tierney was arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on his nephew. According to Quentin Tarantino, Tierney "was taken from his bail arraignment to the set."
Robert Kurtzman did the special make-up effects for free, on the condition that Quentin Tarantino write a script for From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) based on a story by Kurtzman.
Pop singer sensation Pink revealed in several interviews that her stage name was inspired by the character of Mr. Pink.
Quentin Tarantino added the opening diner scene to give Mr. Blue ( Edward Bunker ) some lines because he was the only character without any.
In 2014, Quentin Tarantino revealed in an interview that the entire soundtrack budget was spent on securing "Stuck in the Middle with You" for the film. Tarantino was content with having no other music in the film as long as he could use that song. The other songs were secured thanks to the producers' managing to make a record deal for the soundtrack. Tarantino and the producers were well aware that that plan might not have worked out at all.
At the very first screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino stood up in the middle of the movie and told them to stop projecting, due to the fact that the entire film was shot in widescreen, and the projector only had a normal-sized lens (not meant for widescreen), so half of whatever was shot wasn't up on-screen.
Although there is no definitive answer to what Mr. White whispers to Mr. Orange, in the French release of the film he says, "You don't want a blow job, by the way?" In the Italian dubbed version, he says, "Do you want me to give you a hand job, too?", and in the Spanish dubbed version he says, "I'll comb your hair, so you look handsome."
In the commentary track on the True Romance (1993) DVD, Quentin Tarantino says that Tony Scott read both the "True Romance" and "Reservoir Dogs" scripts, and told Tarantino he wanted to direct "Reservoir Dogs". Tarantino told him he could have "True Romance", but that he himself was going to direct "Reservoir Dogs".
Editor Sally Menke's agent originally lobbied for her not to take the film. Menke disagreed and went on to edit Quentin Tarantino's first six movies.
The line where Mr. White tells Mr. Pink, "I need you cool. Are you cool?" was added into the script after a conflict between Lawrence Tierney and Michael Madsen. To break the scuffle and continue shooting, Quentin Tarantino said to Tierney, "Larry. I need you cool. Are you cool?"
In Mr. White's flashback, Joe asks him about a girl named Alabama. This is a reference to Patricia Arquette's character from True Romance (1993). Quentin Tarantino has stated that he originally intended this character to meet up with Mr. White and to become partners in crime. When True Romance (1993) was released, the ending was changed, and this backstory became inconsistent. Alabama never went on to meet up with Mr. White.
Terry Gilliam is thanked in the credits in gratitude for advice he gave to Quentin Tarantino during a Sundance workshop.
Quentin Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender used to joke that they were the most inexperienced people on the set.
Prior to the scene showing the colored bottles of detergent, you see two shirts hanging on the wall and a rag in the distance on the floor. These are appropriately in sync with the surnames of the characters in their present states. Mr. White and Mr. Pink are upright and close to each other, corresponding to the two shirt colors, while the orange rag laying in the distance would be the position of Mr. Orange in the next room.
The line "Let's go to work" is often attributed to this film, but in fact comes from The Professionals (1966), one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies.
Quentin Tarantino was considering using "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet as an alternate song for the "ear" scene, but went with Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You".
The opening conversation concerns a song by Madonna. Chris Penn, playing Nice Guy Eddie Cabot, was Madonna's former brother-in-law. His older brother Sean was married to Madonna for four years.
Was voted the second greatest directorial debut of all time behind Citizen Kane (1941).
Of his decision to not show the heist itself, Quentin Tarantino has said that the reason was initially budgetary, but that he had always liked the idea of not showing it, and stuck with that idea in order to make the details of the heist ambiguous. He has said that the technique allows for the realization that the film is "about other things"; a similar plot outline that appears in the stage play Glengarry Glen Ross, and its film adaptation, in which the mentioned robbery is never shown on camera. Tarantino has compared this to the work of a novelist, and has said that he wanted the film to be about something that is not seen, and that he wanted it to "play with a real-time clock as opposed to a movie clock ticking."
Kirk Baltz recalls that a more graphic version of the ear-cutting scene was filmed, involving a tube running up to his ear that squirted blood. Michael Madsen, however, has said he thought it was "rather tame", after seeing the scene play out that way.
During a screening at Sitges Film Festival, fifteen people walked out, including Wes Craven and special make-up effects artist Rick Baker. Baker later told Quentin Tarantino to take the walkout as a "compliment", and explained that he found the violence unnerving, because of its heightened sense of realism. Tarantino commented about it at the time: "It happens at every single screening. For some people, the violence, or the rudeness of the language, is a mountain they can't climb. That's okay. It's not their cup of tea. But I am affecting them. I wanted that scene to be disturbing."
The final print of the film came back from the lab just three days before its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
In the first scene of the Mr. Blonde chapter, when Vic Vega is meeting with Joe and Nice Guy Eddie, he states that his parole officer is Seymour Scagnetti. This character may be related to the character Jack Scagnetti, the detective in Natural Born Killers (1994), which was also scripted by Quentin Tarantino.
In the script, it was Mr. White who doesn't tip, not Mr. Pink. Also, it was Mr. Pink who had the first lines about "Like a Virgin".This was when Quentin Tarantino still intended to play Mr. Pink.
Monte Hellman was originally tapped to direct the film, as Quentin Tarantino was a complete unknown. However, when Tarantino sold the screenplay for True Romance (1993) for $50,000, he lobbied hard to direct the film himself. Hellman took on an executive producer role instead.
The warehouse, where the majority of the movie takes place, was once a mortuary, and thus is full of caskets. Mr. Blonde doesn't sit down on a crate, it's actually an old hearse on which he perches.
WILHELM SCREAM: (At around twenty minutes) The famous scream is heard when Mr. Pink pushes a pedestrian on the sidewalk while being pursued by cops during his escape from the failed jewel heist.
At age seventeen, Edward Bunker, a former career criminal, was the youngest felon to be sent to San Quentin. He was an author, and also played cons in other films, Runaway Train (1985), The Longest Yard (2005), and Straight Time (1978) (which was based on his novel). In addition, he worked as a technical advisor on other films, Heat (1995), for instance. Jon Voight's character in Heat (1995) was based on Bunker.
The suit Harvey Keitel wore was his own. It had been a specially-made gift from French Designer Agnès B.
The theatrical release of the film contains no female speaking parts. There are some in the deleted scenes on the 10th anniversary Reservoir Dogs DVD, including Nina Siemaszko as McCluscey.
In an interview featured in the documentary I am fishead (2011) psychologist Robert D. Hare reports that Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) illustrate the differences between the mental health diagnoses of sociopathy and psychopathy. Mr. White is a sociopath, a professional criminal who nonetheless has some loyalty and standards of conduct. He takes no pleasure in violence, but regards the use of force as an occasional necessity in his vocation. In contrast, Mr. Blonde enjoys torturing the captured police officer. Mr. White explicitly describes Mr. Blonde as a "psychopath", and condemns his reckless shooting of people.
At a Tribeca 25th Anniversary screening of this film in April 2017, Quentin Tarantino recalled that at one showing, there were thirty-three walkouts during the torture scene.
In the French version, the line "If you fucking beat this prick long enough, he'll tell you he started the goddamn Chicago fire" was translated into "he'll tell you he blew the bridge over the River Kwai".
On their way to the first meeting about the heist, Misters Pink, White, Orange, and Nice Guy Eddie, are discussing a television show. It is Get Christie Love! (1974), and the actress whose name they can't remember is Teresa Graves.
In the opening scene, when Mr. Pink is giving his tipping speech, he says when he orders coffee he wants his cup filled six times. Earlier in the film, when Chris Penn starts talking about "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", Mr. Pink can be seen about to take a sip from his cup before realizing it's empty. He then looks for the waitress.
The first draft script called for Pink Floyd's "Money" where "Little Green Bag" is now. It was later changed because Quentin Tarantino heard "Little Green Bag" over the radio and became extremely nostalgic. The original song choice "Money" by Pink Floyd, and the existing song "Little Green Bag" by George Baker Selection, feature colors for the original artist and existing song respectively.
The film is highly influenced by City on Fire (1987). A lot of the scenes and plot points were almost directly borrowed from it.
David Duchovny auditioned for a part. According to Duchovny, Quentin Tarantino told him, "I like what you do, I just don't know if I want you to do it in my movie."
Quentin Tarantino cast Tim Roth after being impressed by his work in Vincent & Theo (1990). Besides, after auditioning several other prospective actors who mostly wanted to play any character but Mr. Orange, Roth was only too anxious to take on that role.
In the opening scene, while the men are having breakfast, before they all stand up, Quentin Tarantino's hand can be seen, to stop filming. However, the men all stood up and left, so he just carried on, and the scene remained.
Dennis Hopper was offered the role of Mr. Pink by Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel, but he was unavailable.
Viggo Mortensen auditioned for a role. He read for a Hispanic character in a scene to be performed with Harvey Keitel. More than twenty years later, Quentin Tarantino offered him a role in The Hateful Eight (2015), but Viggo couldn't commit, due to scheduling conflicts.
Jon Cryer was offered the role of Mr. Pink, but he turned it down. He admitted that he did not understand the script, and would not have gotten the part.
During the bathroom scene, where Mr. White and Mr. Pink are discussing who is alive or dead, and specifically Mr. Blonde, there is a hint that Mr. Blonde is alive. Much like the white and pink shirts and the orange rag, the bathroom contains one other item hinting at a character. Behind Mr. White, when he is doing his hair, there is a yellow sink, suggesting Mr. Blonde is alive.
Quentin Tarantino discovered Steve Buscemi "looking like a real criminal" in a test for a Neil Simon movie.
In Pulp Fiction (1994), "The Wolf" (Harvey Keitel) has a phone call while in one of Jimmy's rooms, ending with the line, "You're a good man, Joe. Thanks a bunch." This might be a nod to Reservoir Dogs.
Lawrence Tierney and Edward Bunker had met before: they got into a fistfight in an Los Angeles parking lot sometime in the 1950s. (According to Bunker, Tierney didn't recall the incident.)
In the script, the wounded Mr. Orange is laid down on a mattress, instead of on the wooden ramp in the warehouse.
Seymour Cassel and Steve Buscemi went to the audition together. Steve auditioned for Nice Guy Eddie and Seymour auditioned for Joe.
In an edition of Radio Times back in 2001, Andrew Collins wrote an article about the film. "There are actually no reservoirs or dogs in it, Tarantino claims he got the title from mishearing Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)". Collins was correct overall, except he overlooked the scene when Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) goes into the men's room during his fabricated commode story in a flashback. The Los Angeles Sheriffs had a German Shepherd with them.
The infamous "Stuck in the Middle With You" scene was mockingly re-created in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), season eleven, episode eight, "Charlie Catches a Leprechaun".
The torture scene between Mr. Blonde and the cop is rated number one on "watch mojo's top ten movie torture scenes of all time".
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Oddly enough, in all the film's advertising, including posters and the theatrical trailer, Tim Roth was billed second, while Michael Madsen received the honorary "and" billing at the end of the roll call. However, in the film, Madsen and Roth switch billings, as Madsen is now second, behind Harvey Keitel, and Roth with the "and" credit at the end.
Thousands of waitresses and waiters were extremely upset by the tipping conversation. While Joe Cabot defended tipping by the same argument that could made for hard working people anywhere, Tarantino's dialogue reveals that he was almost as ignorant as Mr. Pink. The real reason for automatic tipping is that minimum wage for tipped employees was only half of minimum wage for other workers. At the time this film was shot, normal minimum wage in California was $4.25 and hour but minimum wage for waitresses was $2.13. Making things even more annoying, while the standard minimum in Calfornia has risen to $7.25 an hour,tipped minimum was is still $2.13. This is less than a third of standard minimum wage.
Even though Quentin Tarantino abhors product placement, behind Harvey Keitel there is a can of stain blocker, aptly named "Kilz". To be fair, it is partially taped over.
Some plot elements, particularly the enforced anonymity among the gang, bear a resemblance to the classic noir heist film 'Kansas City Confidential.'
Mr pink, Mr brown, and Mr blue are the only members of the heist team whose true names are never revealed.
Cabot asks Mr. White about a fence named Marsellus. This might be a link to Marsellus Wallace of Pulp Fiction (1994).
Robert Forster auditioned for Joe Cabot. Quentin Tarantino cast him in Jackie Brown (1997).
Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997.
The film cast includes two Academy Award winners: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Wright; and three Academy Award nominees: Tim Roth, Lawrence Bender, and Harvey Keitel.
Quentin Tarantino and Tim Roth had the following exchange at the urinal: "Who do you want, Pink or White?" "Orange!" "Orange?"
The soft drink cup that Mr. Blonde is drinking from is from Big Kahuna Burger. While it displays no logo, the distinctive narrow red diagonal stripes, which vary in width, are the giveaway. This same cup pattern is seen in a number of subsequent Tarantino films including, of course, Pulp Fiction (1994) and in the TV show From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (2014), where we see an actual restaurant - the Stallion Grill in Austin, Texas, which was dressed to look like a Big Kahuna Burger.
While searching for producers to finance the film and save them from having to make it themselves on a minuscule budget, Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender fielded several offers that sounded good, to but had a catch to them. One producer offered $1.5 million, but only if the ending was changed so that everyone who was dead came back to life, the whole thing having been a hoax or a con of some kind. Another offered $500,000, but only if his girlfriend could play Mr. Blonde. (Bender said it was such a bizarre idea that he and Tarantino actually considered it.)
Wes Craven famously walked out of a screening of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs in 1992; and Tarantino famously said, "I can't believe the guy who directed Last House on The Left walked out of Reservoir Dogs". Craven responded "Last House was about the evils and horrors of violence, it did not mean to glorify it. This movie (Reservoir Dogs) glorifies it."
Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. Blonde were all armed with one Smith & Wesson 659 9mm pistol. They are distinguished from M1911s and other Smith & Wesson variants by their second generation features, stainless steel construction, and double stack frames. Mr. White also uses a Smith & Wesson 639 with Pachmayr grips, this is most likely White's personal gun. In the special edition DVD, a deleted scene can be found which briefly shows Mr White's/Larry Dimmick's police record. This informs us that his weapon of choice is a Smith and Wesson 9mm, even further strengthening the personal 639 theory.
Colours as 'noms de criminalité' was previously used in 1974's 'The Taking of Pelham 123' (that gang was Mr. Brown, Mr. Blue, Mr. Gray, and Mr. Green)
The Reservoir Dogs: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on October 13, 1992 by MCA.
Robert Rodriguez had his debut, El Mariachi (1992), the same year as Quentin Tarantino had with this movie. Since then, they have collaborated on numerous projects.
The first week of its release, Piper's Alley theater in Chicago placed a sign (that was technically illegal - parents are free to decide if their kids can attend movies that are rated 'R') on the ticket-booth window reading: "No-one under 18 will be admitted to 'Reservoir Dogs.'" - and then, underneath that, another note, as if in afterthought: "It is extremely violent." (This, as opposed to the "spaghetti"-like special effects Pauline Kael perceived in her review of "Dawn of the Dead," which she found reassuring in their silliness - which, nonetheless, won acclaim for effects maestro Tom Savini, and an unrated, all-but-unprecedented "No one under 17 admitted" stamp on the film in '79. The mind boggles!)
Part of the dialogue between police officer Marvin Nash and Mr. Orange is used in the intro of the cover song "I Burn For You" by black metal artist Nargaroth, in his 2001 album Black Metal Ist Krieg.
About three minutes into the movie a silhouette of Mickey Mouse is seen, cast by a fan in between Steve Buscemi and Edward Bunker.
In the flashback Mr. Orange uses two handguns while getting ready to meet Nice Guy Eddie, Mr. White and Mr. Pink for a meeting with Joe Cabot. The automatic he holsters at his ankle is a Beretta 950 Jetfire in .25 ACP, his second backup gun is a Charter Arms Off Duty with Pachmayr grips. .
The breakfast scene at the beginning was filmed only 1¼ miles (2Km) from the National Security office in National Security (2003).
Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the role of Holdaway, which was eventually played by Randy Brooks. After that, Jackson worked in almost of Tarantino's movies (except in Four Rooms (1995), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Death Proof (2007) and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)), being nominated to an Academy Award for his role in Pulp Fiction (1994), while Brooks never worked with Tarantino again.
Hong Kong film director Ringo Lam saw the Indian film Gaddaar (Vinod Khanna), years ago. He took the basic idea of the plot and made "City On Fire". Quentin Tarantino' saw that film and was inspired to make Reservoir Dogs. Sanjay Gupta decided to make his own version with Kaante.
The initial dialogue also shows Mr. White as the "protective" guy (defending the waitresses), as well as foreshadowing his clash of authority with Joe, Mr. Blonde's loyalty to Joe ("Shoot this piece of shit for me, will ya?") and Mr. Pink's individualist attitude. The friendship between Orange and White is foreshadowed without either saying a word to each other - most of White's shots (especially when he's expounding an opinion) include Orange looking at him and reacting to him. Mr Orange's Conflicting Loyalty (and Nice Guy Eddie's raging reaction) is foreshadowed when he is easily convinced by Pink's tirade. In a rare case of foreshadowing that isn't in the first scene, Mr Orange asks his boss to "take care" of Long Beach Mike, the guy who got Orange into the group. His boss very specifically tells him that Long Beach Mike is a piece of shit who he can't trust. Later, Orange tells his friend White that he's the cop. White (maybe) shoots him in response.
Marvel references in the film are due to Quentin Tarantino growing up reading the comics, Samuel L. Jackson who would become a regular in his films played Nick Fury in the MCU.
Joe's revolver is a Colt V Detective Special, it's distinguished as a Detective Special by its round edged butt.
In Harvey Keitel - The first documentary - To be an actor, (available on YouTube), two jobs Keitel did were selling shoes and working as a court stenographer. The hilariously synthesized voice of "Paul", who narrates the text, says of Keitel selling shoes, "But he didn't like the work. The mundanity and the monotony of it rapidly drove him wild". In this movie, Keitel, (as Mr. White), wears black shoes to match his suit. It's ironic that Keitel was a court sternograher, as this is part of law enforcement, given that he has a tendency to play criminals in his films quite often.