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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

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A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Richard Condon (novel), Richard Condon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Charley Partanna
Kathleen Turner ... Irene Walker
Robert Loggia ... Eduardo Prizzi
John Randolph ... Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
William Hickey ... Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ... Dominic Prizzi
Michael Lombard ... Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
Anjelica Huston ... Maerose Prizzi
George Santopietro George Santopietro ... Plumber
Lawrence Tierney ... Lt. Hanley
CCH Pounder ... Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno Ann Selepegno ... Amalia Prizzi
Vic Polizos ... Phil Vittimizzare
Dick O'Neill ... Bluestone
Sully Boyar ... Casco Vascone
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Storyline

Charley Partanna is a hit-man who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime syndicate families in the country. Unbeknownst to Charley,the Prizzis just hired Irene Walker, a free-lance killer, to eliminate someone who double-crossed them. When Irene and Charley fall in love their jobs become complicated. Their jobs become impossible when each is given a contract that neither can go through with. Written by Tiff Banks

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Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prizzi's Honor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,234,537, 16 June 1985

Gross USA:

$26,657,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,657,534
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Motion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the wedding reception scene, there is an instrumental version of the song Strangers in the Night. See more »

Goofs

When Charley and Irene are in her convertible, the shadow from the camera rig becomes visible on the road. See more »

Quotes

[Charlie is telling Maerose about Irene]
Charley Partanna: I met her in a church. It just happened. I knew she was the woman for me. She'd organized the scam in Vegas. I go looking for the bad guy and it turns out to be my woman, can you imagine this? Not only that - Pop tells me she's the piece man for the Nettabino contract. Just the same, I love her, Mae... I love her.
Maerose Prizzi: Well...
Charley Partanna: How can I live with this? I gotta do something about it. I gotta straighten it out.
Maerose Prizzi: Then do.
Charley Partanna: Do what? Do I ice her? Do I marry her? ...
[...]
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Overture to 'Gianni Schicchi'
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"The Godfather" Gone Stark Raving Mad.
1 November 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Prizzi's Honor" is one of those strange charmers that thrives on dark comedy and whacked situations. Mafia hit-man Jack Nicholson (Oscar-nominated) meets the super-erotic Kathleen Turner at a wedding and of course ends up dumping girlfriend Anjelica Huston (in a well-deserved Oscar-winning turn). The fact that Huston is the daughter of one of Nicholson's associates only makes the plot thicken. What Nicholson does not know is that Turner is really an assassin herself. Will he find out that his lover by night is really a hit-woman by day? And will he learn in time that the two have actually been hired to kill each other? Also along for the ride are scene-stealers Robert Loggia and William Hickey (who received an Oscar nod as the family's don). "Prizzi's Honor" was the final venture for legendary director John Huston (who was near death when he was Oscar-nominated for this). That little tidbit does not change the fact that "Prizzi's Honor" is really a strange experience that does not completely succeed. It is a movie that serves its purpose, but the ending does not justify the means used to get there. The Oscar-nominated screenplay makes itself out to be much more intelligent than it really is and ultimately Nicholson and Turner have to carry the production. Still a good movie, but over-rated and even a bit disappointing when all is said and done. 4 stars out of 5.


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