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The Outfit
21 September 2021
  Rating 15

USA (2022) 106 minutes
Director: Graham Moore

Mark Rylance stars as a British tailor caught up in a 1956 Chicago mob war in this precision-tooled crime thriller from Oscar winner Graham Moore (The Imitation Game). Leonard Burling isn’t just a tailor. He’s a cutter, and there’s a big difference. Mark Rylance is superb as this very precise, very correct British master cutter who moved to Chicago after the Second World War. Ten years later his clientele includes wise guys from the powerful Boyle crime family. On a white-hot night of mob violence Leonard’s shop becomes the epicentre of a tense and bloody power struggle. The screenplay sizzles with pungent dialogue and clever twists as Leonard attempts to stay alive and keep loyal secretary Mable (Zoey Deutch) from joining the mounting pile of corpses. Alexandre Desplat’s slinky jazz score adds the finishing touch to this beautifully arranged and executed thriller.