Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy

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Cast: Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Madonna

     
 

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Warren Beatty directed and starred in this big-budget action comedy featuring Chester Gould's square-jawed, two-dimensional comic strip detective. Ruthless gangster Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) touches off a gang war against underworld boss Lips Manlis (Paul Sorvino), with Big Boy and his minions rubbing out enough of Manlis's goons (along with Manlis himself) to take… See more details below

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Warren Beatty directed and starred in this big-budget action comedy featuring Chester Gould's square-jawed, two-dimensional comic strip detective. Ruthless gangster Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) touches off a gang war against underworld boss Lips Manlis (Paul Sorvino), with Big Boy and his minions rubbing out enough of Manlis's goons (along with Manlis himself) to take over his nightclub, and a healthy percentage of the city's criminal activities in the process. Caprice also gains proprietary rights to Manlis's girlfriend, nightclub chanteuse Breathless Mahoney (Madonna). Big Boy's next move to is unite the rest of the city's crooks under his command; this wave of corruption attracts the attention of lawman Dick Tracy, who is determined to smash Caprice's criminal network once and for all. As Tracy plots to put Big Boy behind bars where he belongs, Breathless uses her considerable charms in an attempt to sway Tracy from the path of righteousness; this causes no small amount of anxiety for Tracy's long-suffering female companion, Tess Trueheart (Glenne Headly), and the street-smart kid (Charlie Korsmo) they've been keeping an eye on. The various bad guys, heavily made up to resemble Gould's cartoon characters (though Beatty is not made up to resemble Tracy), include Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, R.G. Armstrong, and William Forsythe.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Ravishing production design from Richard Sylbert, gorgeous cinematography from Vittorio Storaro, and a memorable musical score from Stephen Sondheim (performed ably by pop star Madonna) are the highlights of this film from co-writer, director, producer, and star Warren Beatty. Unfortunately, the film's script has been worked over by a committee of scribes, resulting in a somewhat fractured narrative that is the typical end product of too many cooks in the literary kitchen. There is probably no film of the late 20th century that more powerfully proves the old adage, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage." Every single production element here is superior, from the makeup effects to the costumes, to the supporting players such as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and Glenne Headly. In fact, from a strictly visual point of view, Dick Tracy (1990) is probably one of the best-made films of the decade, featuring a crew of skilled artisans at the top of their collective game. In the story department, however, the film never quite gels, displaying the same emotional flatness as the two-dimensional comic strip it's based upon, never coming to life in the exhilarating fashion of other comics-based films such as Batman (1989) and The X-Men (2000). The hard emphasis is clearly on the "noble" in "noble failure," but Dick Tracy just doesn't quite work.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

...one of the most original and visionary fantasies I've seen on a screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/1994
UPC:
0717951066039
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG
Source:
Touchstone / Disney

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Dick Tracy
Charlie Korsmo Kid
Glenne Headly Tess Trueheart
Madonna Breathless Mahoney
Al Pacino Big Boy Caprice
Dustin Hoffman Mumbles
William Forsythe Flattop
Charles Durning Chief Brandon
Mandy Patinkin 88 Keys
Paul Sorvino Lips Manlis
R.G. Armstrong Pruneface
Dick Van Dyke D.A. Fletcher
Seymour Cassel Sam Catchem
James Keane Pat Patton
Allen Garfield Reporter
John Schuck Reporter
Charles Fleischer Reporter
James Tolkan Numbers
Kathy Bates Mrs. Green
Catherine O'Hara Texie Garcia
Henry Silva Influence
James Caan Spaldoni
Bert Remsen Bartender
Frank Campanella Judge Harper
Michael J. Pollard Bug Bailey
Estelle Parsons Mrs. Trueheart
Mary Woronov Welfare Person
Henry Jones Night Clerk
Mike Mazurki Old Man at Hotel
Ned Clafin Radio Announcer
Tiny Ron Actor
Michael Donovan O'Donnell McGillicuddy
Jim Wilkey Stooge
Stig Eldred Shoulders
Neil Summers The Rodent
Chuck Hicks The Brow
Lawrence Steven Meyers Little Face
Ed O'Ross Itchy
Marvelee Cariaga Soprano
Michael Gallup Baritone
Robert Costanzo Lips' Bodyguard
Jack Kehoe Customer at Raid
Marshall Bell Lips' Cop
Michael Hagerty Doorman
Lew Horn Lefty Moriarty
Arthur Malet Diner Patron
Tom Signorelli Mike
Tony Epper Steve, the Tramp
Jack Goode Lab Technician
Ray Stoddard Lab Technician
Hamilton Camp Store Clerk
Ed McCready Cop at Tess'
Colm Meaney Cop at Tess'
Robert Beecher Ribs Mocca
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Club Ritz Patron
Bing Russell Club Ritz Patron
Tom Finnegan Uniform Cop at Ritz
Billy Clevenger Newspaper Vendor
John Moschitta Radio Announcer
Neil Ross Radio Announcer
Ian Wolfe Forger
Rita Bland Dancer
Lada Boder Dancer
Dee Hengstler Dancer
Liz Imperio Dancer
Michelle Johnston Dancer
Karyne Ortega Dancer
Karen Russell Dancer
Walker Edmiston Radio Announcer

Technical Credits
Warren Beatty Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Henry Alberti Set Decoration/Design
Buena Vista Visual Effects Group Special Effects
Jackie Burch Casting
Billy Burton Stunts
John Caglione Makeup Special Effects
David E. Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Cash Screenwriter
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Doug Drexler Makeup Special Effects
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Harrison Ellenshaw Special Effects
William Elliott Songwriter
Jack Epps Screenwriter
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Allen Gonzales Animator
Kevin Haney Makeup
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Jon Landau Co-producer
Jeff Lass Songwriter
Art Linson Executive Producer
Michael Lloyd Special Effects
Richard Marks Editor
Harold Michelson Art Director
Cheri Minns Makeup
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
Floyd Mutrux Executive Producer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Barrie M. Osborne Executive Producer
Andy Paley Songwriter
Thomas Pasatieri Songwriter
Sanuel Recinos Animator
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Sondheim Songwriter
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Jim Van Wyck Associate Producer

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