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Steve Buscemi as Mr

"Mr. Pink"

Mr. Pink is one of the four main protagonists and a villainous bank robbing gang member in the 1992 action crime thriller Reservoir Dogs. He is portrayed in the film by actor Steve Buscemi, who later played another noted criminal role in the 1997 Die Hard scenario film Con Air.

Character Summary[]

After briefly meeting at a diner for lunch, Pink and the rest of the crew meet to discuss the robbery plans and what their codenames they will go by (each is identified by a color). However, unlike the rest of the crew, he is only known by the identity given to him by his boss, Joe Cabot. He questions why his name/color is "Pink", to which Cabot harshly retorts, "Because you're a faggot, alright?" Pink tries to lessen the feminism of it by suggesting that they change it to "Mr. Purple", only for this to be shot down as well by Cabot who says he already has a man going by that name working another job.

After his accomplice Mr. Blonde went on a shooting spree, Pink found a hole in the police barricade and "shot his way out." He ran with a satchel full of diamonds with three police officers tailing him close behind. Eventually, he is struck by a car and he proceeded to carjack it, making his escape. He revealed in the film that he considered just driving away instead of going to the rendevous point.

After much mayhem between the other members of the robbery crew, Mr. Pink manages to take cover between a final Mexican stand-off styled shoot-out. Afterwards, he retrieves the stolen suitcase with all the various valuable material only to be arrested off-screen by a S.W.A.T. team outside.

Background Information and Notes[]

  • Mr. Pink features as a playable character in the 2006 video game adaption for Reservoir Dogs. His missions depict him escaping from the robbery and back to the warehouse, and then retrieving the diamonds that he had stashed. The way the player plays the game determines Mr. Pink's final fate at the end of the game. If they act "professional" (not killing everything in sight and being more strategic) Mr Pink will escape after the Mexican stand-off. If the player gets a "career criminal rank" Mr Pink will be arrested, and if they get the "psycho" rank Mr. Pink will be gunned down by police when attempting to shoot his way out.
  • Unlike most of his accomplices, he is more level-headed and doesn't choose violence as a primary option.
  • Mr Pink is the only character to survive the events of the movie. Listening closely to background dialogue in the final scene, it appears Mr Pink was apprehended by police.
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