Since making his screen debut in 1967, Harvey Keitel has emerged as one of America’s most intriguing actors. And while he continues to deliver the goods, it’s arguable that the 1990s was the decade in which he truly peaked. Mark Fraser looks back at 10 of his finest moments.
7. Dangerous Game AKA Snake Eyes (Abel Ferrara, 1993)
In this particularly grim treatise on Hollywood, film director Eddie Israel (Keitel) psychologically pushes his actors (Madonna and James Russo) to a murderous edge while making a movie about their horrible marriage, during which time his own messy personal life also starts to seriously disintegrate. As with Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (see below), it turns out this protagonist doesn’t have too many (if any) redeeming features, with one of the most devastating scenes being when Israel confesses to his wife Madlyn (Nancy Ferrara) about his numerous infidelities on the day of her father’s funeral.