Mikey & Nicky

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Overview

Nickey John Cassavetes is a small-time Jewish gangster in trouble with the mob. He calls on his lifelong friend Mikey Peter Falk for help. During the night the two spend together, the power of their friendship is undermined by their mutual nastiness and pressing financial concerns. Elaine May's script was allegedly taken from an episode in the life of her uncle.
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Overview

Nickey John Cassavetes is a small-time Jewish gangster in trouble with the mob. He calls on his lifelong friend Mikey Peter Falk for help. During the night the two spend together, the power of their friendship is undermined by their mutual nastiness and pressing financial concerns. Elaine May's script was allegedly taken from an episode in the life of her uncle.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
If John Cassavetes didn't appear in Mikey and Nicky, you could call it a rip-off. Depending on how you look at it -- as either the best Cassavetes film Cassavetes never made, or a lot of borrowed gestures that don't quite match the work of their inspiration -- Elaine May's third directorial effort carries with it many of the same problems of Cassavetes' films. Both Cassavetes and Peter Falk deliver intense performances exploring the unspoken boundaries between two lifelong friends, and there's an immediacy to the film's portrayal of Philadelphia's grimy underbelly, but after a while it starts to feel so belabored that its virtues become obscured. While definitely worth a look for fans of May and/or Cassavetes, and certainly not deserving of the hands-off treatment it received upon its initial release, newcomers to the work of either director should work their way through better films before tackling this one.
New York Times - Dave Kehr
Seen today, Mikey & Nicky offers an almost Shakespearean appreciation of human complexity, paradoxically centered on two characters who are anything but self-aware.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • UPC: 013131061338
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Presentation: Collectors Edition / Wide Screen
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Falk Mikey
John Cassavetes Nicky
Ned Beatty Kinney
Rose Arrick Annie
Carol Grace Nell
William Hickey Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner Dave Resnick
Joyce Van Patten Jan
M. Emmet Walsh Bus Driver
Oliver Clark
David Pendleton Bar Patron
Jean Shevlin Lady on Bus
Virginia Smith Jan's Mother
Martin Wolfson Candy Store Man
Marilyn Randall Shirley
Reuben Greene Franklyn
Sy Travers Hotel Clerk
Technical Credits
Elaine May Director, Screenwriter
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Bud Austin Producer
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
John Carter Editor
Edward Folger Asst. Director
Michael Hausman Producer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Christopher Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
John Strauss Score Composer
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unusual & Fascinating

    Well, unusual and fascinating are adjectives which would describe much of John Casavetes' life's work. Though the film features great improvisational acting from a great ensemble of players, Casavetes takes center stage. Elaine May's script and direction is appropriately spare allowing Falk, Casavates & company ample room to explore. And that's really what the film turns out to be. Far less than a crime drama involving a mafia rat and his best friend, who betrays him, it's a exploration into the hearts and minds of two men whose friendship has deteriorated. Highly Recommended.

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