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"You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize." ― Larry Dimmick to Mr. Blonde[source]

Lawrence "Larry" Dimmick, better known as Mr. White, is the protagonist villain of the 1992 crime film Reservoir Dogs. He is a thief who worked on a number of professional robberies with many other associates.

He is portrayed by Harvey Keitel, who also played Winston Wolfe in Pulp Fiction.

Biography

Early life

Lawrence Dimick originated from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has a criminal record for armed robbery. Dimick has been a career criminal with a close association with Joe Cabot and his son Eddie Cabot in Los Angeles. He used to be paired with a female thief named Alabama, although he broke this relationship off, due to becoming fed up of the woman-man thing. On one of his previous jobs, he discovered that one of the team was an undercover cop and had to abandon the job. Dimick later returned to work for Joe Cabot, who explained about a diamond heist with five other men. Dimick was intrigued and wanted to take part.

Becoming Mr. White

After meeting the other robbers on the team, Dimick was treated to a stern lecture from Joe about having to take the job seriously. Joe instructs the men that they are not allowed to talk to each other about their personal lives, especially not their first names. He then allocates each member a colour-coded name, and Dimick was given Mr. White. He was paired with the much younger Mr. Orange (who was, unknown to them, an undercover cop), and took him under his wing.

Before the heist

On the morning of the heist, Mr. White along with Joe, Eddie, and his five colleagues are having breakfast in a Los Angeles diner. Mr. White is sitting next to Joe, and become fed up with Joe rambling on about trying to remember a name in an address book. He eventually confiscates the book, which annoyed Joe. Mr. Blonde threatens to shoot Mr. White, to which him replies "If you shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize". After breakfast, Mr. White gets into an argument with Mr. Pink, who is refusing to tip. He tries to persuade him that waitresses struggle with money, but Mr. Pink refuses until Joe made him tip. Mr. White hands Joe his book back, and they go off to do the heist.

The Heist

During the heist, Mr. Blonde started to shoot the hostages after the alarm had been set up. Due to the immediate presence of the police, Mr. White felt there was a setup, but he had too much on his mind to think about it. Mr White and Mr. Orange tried to escape in a car driven by Mr. Brown, but unfortunately, Mr. Brown was shot in the head by a cop during the escape and crashed the car. Mr. White fired on two policers officers, killing them in revenge for Brown's death, before hijacking another vehicle with Mr. Orange. However, this caused the female driver to shoot Mr. Orange in the stomach, which leads to Mr. Orange shooting her dead in retaliation.

After the Heist

Mr. White drives Mr. Orange to a warehouse which acts as the hideout. Mr. Pink arrives and the two get into a fight when it becomes clear someone set them up. Mr. Blonde later arrives and it gets heated between the two men as Mr. White views Mr. Blonde as a stone cold psycho. When Mr. Blonde reveals he has kidnapped a cop, Mr. White shows amusement and along with Blonde and Pink beat the man up for information. Eddie Cabot arrives and stops them from beating Nash. He orders White and Pink to come with him to collect the diamonds that Mr. Pink had hidden, and also asks Mr. Blonde to supervise Mr. Orange and Nash.

Mexican Standoff

Arriving back at the warehouse later, they find Mr. Blonde dead. Mr. Orange told them about Blonde torturing the cop and that he was intending to kill the rest of them and make off with the diamonds. Although Mr. White believes him, Eddie isn't convinced due to his family's long-time friendship with Mr. Blonde. This causes a conflict, and Joe arrives at the warehouse revealing that Mr. Orange is a cop. Mr. White doesn't believe them, and a stand-off ensues. Joe points his gun at Mr. Orange, Mr. White points his gun at Joe and Eddie points his gun at White. A shootout occurs and Mr. Pink goes for cover. Joe shoots Mr. Orange, Mr. White shoots Joe who in return gets shot by Eddie, and Mr. White quickly gets a shot at Eddie. With Joe and Eddie dead and Mr. White and Mr. Orange critically injured, Mr. Pink grabs the diamonds and makes off.

Death

Mr. White is devastated at having to kill his two bosses and cradles Mr. Orange, telling him that they may have to go to jail. Mr. Orange feels his life debt to Mr. White, and confesses he is a police officer. Mr. White is infuriated hearing this, and puts his gun to Mr. Orange's head. The police burst in, and demand that Mr. White drops his weapon. After several warnings, an emotional Mr. White shoots Mr. Orange and is in turn, shot dead by the cops.

Other appearances

Mr. White appears as a playable character in the 2006 video game adaptation of the same name. He shares no likeness to his live-action counterpart, and Harvey Keitel does not reprise the role. His "signature move" (used to make all police in his proximity to surrender) is by cutting off a hostage's finger, a nod to the movie in which Larry gives advice to "Mr. Orange" that to make someone cooperate he should cut off one of their fingers.

Missions depicting Mr. White as a playable character have him escaping the authorities, driving Mr. Orange to the warehouse before he bleeds to death and disposing of the getaway car.

Personality

Mr. White is a fairly moral man, who feels that he has to protect people who have been wounded, such as Mr. Orange. He is willing to sacrifice anything, such as killing two long time friends to protect a new friend and also loses out on the diamond deal. He also believes that waitresses deserve to be tipped. Mr. White, however, despises the police, not thinking of them as "real people" and is shown to have mercilessly gunned down two cops for killing Mr. Brown, although he does not like to kill unless necessary, and is disgusted by Mr. Blonde's actions of killing people for fun.

Relationships

The Cabots

Mr. White has been a long time friend of Joe Cabot and his son, Eddie. He spends time with them, and is seen enjoying a joke with Eddie. However, Mr White gets irritated by Joe's senior moments, as witnessed when Joe cannot remember a certain name. Also, Mr. White argues with Eddie over how to deal with Mr Orange, and accuses Eddie of not caring about Mr. Orange. When Joe believes Mr. Orange is the rat, Mr White tries to reason with him, but ends up having to pull his gun on him to stop him shooting Mr. Orange. He is forced to kill Joe, and Eddie, who tries to protect his dad. Mr. White is devastated at having to kill his friends, and is even more upset, when he finds out they were right all along, and he killed them for nothing.

Mr. Orange

The relationship between Mr. White and Mr. Orange is the most important in the film. When they are introduced to each other, they become friends immediately. Mr. White breaks the rules slightly by telling Mr. Orange where he came from. Later on, Mr. White witnesses Mr. Orange being shot in the stomach and has to comfort him. He even breaks the rules further by telling Mr. Orange his first name, as he couldn't bring himself to refuse as the man had just been shot. Mr. White's determination to protect Mr. Orange is strong as he gets into fights with Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie, and is even forced to kill Joe and Eddie, when they accused Mr. Orange of setting them up. When Mr. White learns that Mr. Orange is a cop, he is heartbroken, and has to shoot him.

Mr. Pink

Mr. White first met Mr. Pink while being driven by Nice Guy Eddie to the meeting with Joe Cabot. On the journey they joked about the difference between white women and black women. At the meeting, Mr. Pink was not happy with his name and Mr White told him that his name didn't matter. Mr. Pink attempted to trade with Mr. White, but Joe didn't allow this. On the morning of the diamond heist, Mr. White got into an argument with Mr. Pink about his refusal to tip waitresses. After the disastrous heist, Mr. White had to calm Mr. Pink down in order to talk to him. They ended up fighting each other over how to deal with the wounded Mr. Orange. During the fight, both men drew their guns on each other, and Mr White referred to Mr. Pink as a "piece of shit". From then on, Mr. Pink kept commented about Mr White's lack of professionalism. After the standoff between Joe, Mr. White, and Eddie, Mr. Pink fled with the diamonds, leaving Mr White to the mercy of the police.

Fun Quotes

  • Mr White: "Toby, Toby, Toby, Toby Wong, Toby Wong, Toby Chung, fuckin Charlie Chan!..."
  • Mr. White (to Mr. Orange): "You're gonna be okayyyyy!!! Say the goddamn worrrrds!.."
  • Mr. White: "You can't work with a psychopath, you never know what those sick assholes are gonna do next."
  • Mr White (to Mr. Pink): "If I have to tell you to back off again you and me are gonna go round and round."

Trivia

  • Harvey Keitel assisted Quentin Tarantino in making the film happen and co-produced it and managed to help the filmmakers raise $1.5 million for it to be made.
  • Mr. White is related to Jimmie Dimmick, Quentin Tarantino's character in Pulp Fiction. This is also a funny connection because Harvey Keitel plays The Wolf in Pulp Fiction and seems to treat Jimmie Dimmick very good offering him a new oak furniture set in return for his help.
  • Steve Buscemi originally auditioned for the role of Mr. White but finally got that of Mr. Pink.
  • In the script and in the film, Joe Cabot mentions "Alabama" as Mr. White's partner. He reveals he hasn't worked with her in a year and a half. This is supposed to be the same Alabama Whitman-Worley from True Romance, because in the original True Romance script, Clarence should be dead, leaving Bama to go on to work with Mr. White.
  • The suit Harvey Keitel wore was his own. It had been specially made as a gift from French designer Agnès B.
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