'Reservoir Dogs'

"They had to look like French gangsters who got the look for less than $50," says "Reservoir Dogs" costume designer Betsy Heimann, who bought the skinny suits, ties and white shirts at local thrift stores. The slow-motion scene in which the jittery thieves saunter down an L.A. street in ragtag formation showed off the nuances of their uniforms -- and it's been copied and parodied countless times in films. The movie's director, Quentin Tarantino, cribbed the look from John Woo’s "The Killer." And Woo copied the silhouette from Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 brilliant crime flick, "Le Samourai," starring Alain Delon. It still holds up, apparently. In October 2008, a band of outlaw cops in Sydney, Australia, who dressed as the characters in black suits and sunglasses, were called out for excessive force. "If an action movie is doing its job, you should want to dress like the hero," Tarantino once said. Or the anti-hero, for that matter. More in Image: • 10 classic style movies | Photos • Scene Stealers: Movie costumes that started fashion trends • Style films that packed a punch? Insiders' favorites • Your turn: Share your favorites on our blog
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