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Pusher III(Pusher 3)

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Denmark

2005

1h 48m

Director Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring Zlatko Burić, Marinela Dekic, Ilyas Agac, Kurt Nielsen

Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

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In the third installment of the ‘Pusher’ trilogy, the aging drug dealer Milo is planning his daughter’s 25th birthday while waiting for his usual shipment of heroin. Already over-stressed and struggling to stay sober, Milo mistakenly receives a shipment of ecstasy pills. In his attempt to sell them chaos ensues, so he calls on his old partners for help.

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60

Empire by

Gritty and raw with some decent performances, this is not for the faint-hearted.
70

Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Pusher III is also, far more clearly than the earlier films, a chronicle of life in the rapidly changing ethnic mix of western Europe.
88

Premiere by Glenn Kenny

While I have no problem enthusiastically recommending writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher trilogy, I'd also heartily discourage all but the most rabid crime-movie nuts from consuming the whole thing in one afternoon or evening.
70

Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Still, the textures of Refn's wallow in bad behavior are completely convincing, if the plot-stuff is a little familiar and if the overarching notion that, as Quentin Tarantino said somewhere, "gangsters have kitchens, too" seems by now valid but no longer terribly fresh.
80

The New York Times by Nathan Lee

The atmosphere is so thick, the talk so assured, the performances so disciplined and the fear so fearsome, that Mr. Refn’s final iteration of his pattern achieves the hard, bright light of an archetype from hell.
91

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

The gut-churningly nasty Pusher III practically justifies the whole series, as it digs deep into the angst of a drug kingpin—a junkie himself—nagged by a thousand little business details and taunted by all the young, carefree libertines he sees enjoying themselves at his drug dens.
70

Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

If Pusher III is the trilogy's least effective, that may be because the soured-deal plot line is by now a given, and its theme is the simplest: Old habits die hard.
75

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

[Refn] mixes jittery hand-held camerawork, improvised dialogue and available light to create a nightmarish world of sex, drugs and horrific brutality that will turn off many viewers while delighting others.

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