This video above is taken from the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. This scene is a perfect example of how to effectively construct believable and exciting dialogue. The camaraderie of the actors on display here is palpably refreshing. You get the idea that these guys hangout on a regular basis and this is just another morning at the local diner for them. The beautifully rhythmic, real life conversational back-and-forth among the actors is superbly rendered. Even the little physical machinations of the characters such as the way Madsen's character maneuvers his cigarette is impeccably executed. Any aspiring screenwriter should take a page from Tarantino's book when it comes to creating true-to-life conversational dialogue that is engaging, exciting, and flows as fantastically as a well-told poetry reading.
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