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.
2. Clockers (Spike Lee, 1995)
The tough-as-nails New York homicide detective Rocco Klein (Keitel) also turns out to be one of the city’s most compassionate law enforcement officers when he coaches young Tyrone Jeeter (Pee Wee Love) through his confession after the boy shoots a drug dealer (Tom Byrd) in broad daylight near a Brooklyn housing project. A surprisingly moving and beautifully surreal moment in an otherwise quite violent film that is exquisitely handled by both the actors and director Spike Lee (it truly is one of his finest moments).