The Coen brothers suffered such sever
writer's block when penning this masterpiece that they took
a break. During the break they wrote a movie about writer's
block- Barton Fink.
movie pretty much has it's own language. There's a lot of slang
in the script. Click here to check out the Miller's
McDormand has an uncredited cameo as the mayor's secretary.
She flashes Tom with a very saucy look on her way past him.
building Tom lives in is called The Barton Arms, a clear reference
to the movie Barton Fink.
Coen brothers wrote the part of Leo specifically for Trey Wilson,
who played Nathan Arizona in Raising Arizona. Unfortunately
he died shortly before production began so Albert Finney took
over the role.
early versions of the script Eddie Dane was calles Bluepoint.
the subject of Finney if you look closely at the scene where
Tom bursts into the women's washroom you may notice Finney dressed
Gabriel Byrne was supposed to have an American accent in Miller's Crossing, but was having trouble reading the Coen's dialogue with the accent, so abandoned it in favour of his normal brogue.