The Credits Sequence: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs, recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, always deserves to be near the top of any list when it comes to opening credits. The opening has almost become a separate entity from the film itself; so much so, it has been consistently imitated ever since its release in 1992. However, in reality, there isn’t really much to the opening credits, but its simplicity is what makes it so effective. Plus, it’s just so damn cool.

After their discussion of the heist, the Dogs leave the diner and stroll down the street to the sound of George Baker Selection’s ‘Little Green Bag’, with the majority wearing suits and oh-so-cool skinny black ties. The camera pans to each face and QT’s signature yellow inform us of the actor behind the shades. A cut to black follows with the rest of the credits list scrolling past. After a minute or so, we begin to hear Mr. Orange screaming in pain and Mr. White is attempting to calm him down. It’s been about two minutes and what we hear is quite a leap from the scene at the diner, but that’s the beauty of the opening of Reservoir Dogs —we’re desperate to know how the hell they ended up in this mess.


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