April 29 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the surviving members of the Reservoir Dogs cast gathered at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday night for a 25th anniversary screening of and panel discussion about the movie.
Appearing alongside Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen for the "Tribeca Talks" panel at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Tarantino said he vividly remembers how he felt when they had just finished their two-week rehearsal before shooting the picture and Keitel hosted a cast dinner at his house in Malibu.
"I was living in Glendale with my mom at the time. So, if you're from California, you know you can just take Sunset Boulevard down from Glendale all the way to Malibu. It's a long drive, but it's a cool drive. So, I'm at Harvey's place and we're all sitting around and we really like each other now. We've had our rehearsal and we're sitting there and we're having a great time, and I really realized that, 'Gosh, a lot of the pressure was off my shoulders cinematically,'" Tarantino said. "These guys were so perfect in their parts. They were so vibing with each other. They so understood the material. By rehearsing two weeks, they knew the material. We [were ready] to shoot it. I was like, '[Expletive,] if I just keep this movie in focus, I've got a movie.' Anything else I bring to it will just be frosting, but the cake is here. It's these guys. I've got that. I watched it at dinner that night. It was a really nice thing for Harvey to do. But I remember that night, getting in my car, and just taking that drive all the way from Malibu to Glendale, just on Sunset, never getting off Sunset, all the little, windy roads. And that was the happiest time of my life. That was the happiest moment of my life. ... This thing that I had thought about for so long. Not just Reservoir Dogs, just making movies in general. It was, 'This might just work out.'"
Reservoir Dogs was the first feature Tarantino, now 54, had ever helmed. He is also famous for writing and directing The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction.