Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, Eddie Bunker, Kirk Baltz, Steven Wright ( Voice )
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino
If you’ve seen this film, this scene will practically ruin for you the Steeler’s Wheel one-hit-wonder “Stuck in the Middle”. Michael Madsen shows just how disturbed his character is by cutting off a defenseless police officer’s ear while dancing to the song.
The song is seamlessly included into both the plot as Madsen turns on a radio show playing the diddy, a showwhich serves to frame the entire film. Madsen creepily uses the song to guide his action while it provides a background to the most gruesome part of scene (which is not shown). When it’s suddenly cut-off by Tim Roth gunning down Madsen, the action is all the more unexpected. The near flawless arrangement provides the centerpiece of the film and a signal that the end is near.