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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

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Two professional assassins 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Liza Minnelli was originally offered the role of Maerose, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Near the end when John Randolph approaches Jack Nicholson for the double profile shot in which John Randolph says "it's only business", you can see John Randolph look down quickly to make sure he hit his mark. See more »

Quotes

Charley Partanna: [annoyed] Marxie Heller so fuckin' smart, how come he's so fuckin' dead?
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Connections

Featured in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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Le Villi
Composer Giacomo Puccini
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Not really sure what it wants to be
22 November 2005 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

So many films glorify the mafia, even those like 'Goodfellas' which pull no punches still allow a residue of glamour to stick to their portrayal of the wise-guy life. So 'Prizzi's Honor', which ridicules its protagonists and shows them to be anything but wise, is a welcome sort of mafia film. Unfortunately, although it's reasonably entertaining, the film ultimately doesn't wholly succeed in any respect; too daft to work as black comedy, too slow to work as riotous farce, to humorously conceived to work as tragic drama. Jack Nicholson is good as the dumb hit man Charley, but the plot leaves us unsure whether we should laugh at him or cry with him, and in the end I felt inclined to do neither. Personally, I prefer Jim Jarmusch's 'Ghost Dog', another offbeat look at organised crime.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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