My Blue Heaven

My Blue Heaven

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Director: Herbert Ross, Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack

Cast: Herbert Ross, Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack

     
 

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Herbert Ross directed this Nora Ephron-scripted buddy comedy starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack. Steve Martin plays Vinnie Antonelli, a street smart mobster who agrees to turn state's evidence and is forced to move to Fryburg, California as part of the witness relocation program. Rick Moranis plays the nebbish FBI agent Barney Coopersmith, who is

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Herbert Ross directed this Nora Ephron-scripted buddy comedy starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack. Steve Martin plays Vinnie Antonelli, a street smart mobster who agrees to turn state's evidence and is forced to move to Fryburg, California as part of the witness relocation program. Rick Moranis plays the nebbish FBI agent Barney Coopersmith, who is assigned to help Vinnie adjust to small town life. Instead, Vinnie helps Barney come out of his shell, much to the consternation of divorced mother and relentless district attorney Hannah Stubbs (Joan Cusack).

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All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
While it wasn't exactly robbed of Best Picture, My Blue Heaven is a delightful and underrated film. The script by Nora Ephron is simple and entertaining and offers plenty of opportunities for Steve Martin to have fun with his role. It's refreshing to see Martin taking on a goofy character like mobster-with-a-heart-of-gold Vinnie Anotelli amid the countless long-suffering patriarchal roles he filled from the mid-'80s through the '90s, and he's both believable and funny in the part. Also, in perhaps the last example that he's a talented performer, Rick Moranis is a more than capable foil for the scheming and conniving Vinnie. The interaction between the two leads takes up most of the movie and it's that comedic chemistry that makes it so successful. The fact that the movie tanked at the box office could very well be the reason for Moranis' virtual disappearance from anything not about shrinking people and Martin's long string of uninteresting lead roles that followed. Either way, My Blue Heaven didn't deserve the shaft and is more than worthy of another look.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
UPC:
0085391200321
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
8,869

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Performance Credits
Steve Martin Vinnie Antonelli
Rick Moranis Barney Coopersmith
Joan Cusack Hannah Stubbs
Melanie Mayron Crystal Rybak
Carol Kane Shaldeen
Jesse Bradford Jamie
Bill Irwin Kirby
Julie Bovasso Actor
Colleen Camp Actor
William Hickey Billy Sparrow
Ed Lauter Actor
Hank McCann Actor
Robert Miranda Actor
Randi Pareira Actor
Deborah Rush Actor
Daniel Stern Actor

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director,Co-producer
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Jim Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Richard G. Berger Art Director
Joseph M. Caracciolo Co-producer
Nora Ephron Producer,Screenwriter
Goldie Hawn Executive Producer
Robert Maddy Set Decoration/Design
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Donald J. Remacle Set Decoration/Design
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
Andrew Stone Producer
Anthea Sylbert Co-producer
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Choreography

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Blue sky Credits (My Blue Heaven). [:12]
2. The Wilkinsons move in. [1:56]
3. Barney's troubles. [4:22]
4. Supermarket sweep (Stranger In Paradise, The Boy From New York City). [4:04]
5. Asst. D.A. Hannah Stubbs. [3:01]
6. Barney to the "rescue." [3:43]
7. Thanksgiving down the drain. [3:38]
8. Undercover work at the mall. [2:23]
9. Two dirty rats at the pet shop. [3:17]
10. "I'm wit' chu." [2:55]
11. Old friends reunite. [3:09]
12. Crime wave. [2:09]
13. Big Apple reception committee. [4:47]
14. Tailor-made. [4:19]
15. Caught with pants down. [1:47]
16. A night out-in underwear. [2:02]
17. Merengue! [1:38]
18. Testifying in detail. [5:01]
19. Taken out to the ball game (Surfin' USA). [2:33]
20. Love in frozen foods. [7:05]
21. Fancy footwork by the sea. [1:55]
22. Getting acquainted; a lesson in knocking. [2:56]
23. Barney's new assignment. [2:08]
24. Vinnie's new venture. [2:07]
25. Stinger's get stung. [4:36]
26. Jailhouse blues. [3:38]
27. Disorder in the court. [2:18]
28. On the lam; sharpshooting. [1:40]
29. Amazing himself. [4:07]
30. End Credits (My Blue Heaven reprise). [3:07]

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My Blue Heaven 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is still funny. Steve Martin and Rick Moranis work perfectly...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest movies to come out in a long, long time. Steve Martin is always funny, but this is his best performance by far. Rick Moranis is just as wonderful as the FBI agent. I watch it everytime I can and I always pick up something new along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Moranis is so funny in this movie. Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has Steve Martin given a more forced and cliched performance. Rick Moranis is worse than usual.