My Cousin Vinny

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When sweet Northern college kid Bill Ralph Macchio and his buddy Stan Mitchell Whitfield are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny Joe Pesci, who has somehow recently become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who has never tried a criminal case in his short life as a lawyer, rides south ...
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When sweet Northern college kid Bill Ralph Macchio and his buddy Stan Mitchell Whitfield are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny Joe Pesci, who has somehow recently become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who has never tried a criminal case in his short life as a lawyer, rides south to defend his trusting relative. He's an expert motormouth and street-level logician from the wilder reaches of metropolitan New York, complete with a thick accent and the attitude to go with it. Otherwise, he's much less well qualified than your average public defender. When he arrives on the scene with his equally brassy girlfriend Lisa Marisa Tomei, Bill is fairly sure he's going to be sentenced to death. His buddy Stan is even less confident of his legal representative, if that's possible, and the first thing Vinny has to do is to regain the consent of his clients to represent them. The local judge doesn't seem any too sympathetic to Vinny's verbal shenanigans either, and even the most optimistic supporter of the boys would begin to have doubts at this point -- and Vinny's no exception. With the insistent moral encouragement of his girlfriend, Vinny somehow accomplishes the impossible and wins grudging if very irritated respect from all concerned, for once studying as if his life depended on it.
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Anyone who greeted My Cousin Vinny with wariness, uncertain about a fish-out-of-water comedy featuring abrasive New Yorkers in the deep South, should reconsider this gem that gave the world Marisa Tomei. Tomei may not have blossomed into the star many thought she'd be, but her Oscar-winning performance opposite Joe Pesci was the most endearing introduction of new talent in years. Stealing every scene she's in, Tomei makes whining charming and toughness vulnerable, all with an exceptional sense of comic timing. Dale Launer's script offers some hilarious, if predictable, culture clashes, and the chemistry of Pesci and Tomei give the story exhilarating zip. As the exasperated judge, Fred Gwynne (in his final film appearance) is a perfect anchor and straight man, while Ralph Macchio and Mitchell Whitfield make the most of secondary roles, watching the unpracticed courtroom manner of the lawyer hired to defend them with dawning horror. The story is not high on originality, but its tight execution, especially the intelligent details of the case, make My Cousin Vinny a first-class piece of populist entertainment. Director Jonathan Lynn tried to wring another hit from the courtroom antics of novice attorneys with 1997's Trial and Error, starring Jeff Daniels and Michael Richards, but couldn't duplicate Vinny's intoxicating charm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1996
  • UPC: 086162187636
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Pesci Vincent La Guardia Gambini
Ralph Macchio Bill Gambini
Marisa Tomei Mona Lisa Vito
Mitchell Whitfield Stan Rothenstein
Fred Gwynne Judge Chamberlain Haller
Lane Smith Jim Trotter III
Austin Pendleton John Gibbons
Suzi Bass Woman
Michael Burgess Prison Van Driver
Maury Chaykin Sam Tipton
Jill Jane Clements Courtroom Clerk
Bill Coates Bailiff
Chris Ellis J.T.
J. Don Ferguson 1st Guard
Michael Genevie 2nd Guard
Ken Jones Jimmy Willis
Ron Leggett 2nd Deputy
Jeff Lewis 1st Deputy
Bruce McGill Sheriff Farley
Thomas Merdis Man in Town Square
Pauline Meyers Constance Riley
Muriel Moore 1st Juror
Aubrey J. Osteen 3rd Deputy
Bob Penny 2nd Juror
James Rebhorn George Wilbur
Raynor Scheine Ernie Crane
Larry Shuler Hotel Clerk
Michael Simpson Neckbrace
Michael Simpson Neckbrace
Lou Walker Grits Cook
Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director
Robert J. Anderson Jr. Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Dale Launer Producer, Screenwriter
Tony Lombardo Editor
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Michael Rizzo Art Director
David Rubin Casting
James Sarzotti Makeup
Paul Schiff Producer
Rando Schmook Art Director
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Carol Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    This movie was hilarious! Seriously, everyone should watch it. There's so much comedy in it that it can't possibly be hated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absoluely hilarious!

    There are laughs at every turn in this movie. It starts out funny and you won't stop laughing until the credits roll. And then, you'll want to watch it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Movie!

    I loved this movie! It was SO good! I am a huge fan of Ralph Macchio and was kinda dissapointed that he didnt have alot to say in the movie. But other then that... the movie was sooo funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Film

    A must-see film for anyone who needs a good laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    this has got to be one of my favorite movies. how can u beat joe pesci in this movie, the guy is an awesome actor, from being a mafioso in smoe movies to being a lawyer in this. gotta make this part of your collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie! One for the library!

    Simply put, this movie is a classic with non-stop laughs. Check it out, I bet you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great fun and good feelings

    Movie is absolutely histerical. This is a movie you can watch any number of times and still enjoy. Whenever you're in a blah mood start My Cousin Vinny and the giggles will begin. Language not fit for children or adults who abhor vulgarity.

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