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Miller's Crossing Film Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 21 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Miller's Crossing.
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Bowler Hat

The bowler hat symbolizes friendship and the emptiness resulting from the loss of a friend. Tom's dream about his hat falling off and rolling through the woods symbolizes his desire to keep his friends close and protect them. Tom shows his loyalty to his friends throughout the film.

Although Tom seems to turn on Leo at one point during the film, Tom is actually trying to protect Leo. By going to Caspar's side, Tom has a chance to protect his friend. He also tries to protect Verna from Bernie's death, but Bernie does not appreciate the act and begins to blackmail Tom. Finally, Tom has to put an end to Bernie to save all those he loves.

At the end of the film, Tom stands at Miller's Crossing and pulls his hat low on his head. Tom knows that he has saved all of his...

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