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John Huston's gangster comedy Prizzi's Honor is one of the few films to follow through on both aspects of the genre. The film comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but it would be accurate to say that ...
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John Huston's gangster comedy Prizzi's Honor is one of the few films to follow through on both aspects of the genre. The film comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but it would be accurate to say that Prizzi's Honor has never looked better on home video than it does on this release from MGM.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; English: Stereo Surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
This wickedly post-modern gangster film about a dull-witted Mafia hitman who falls for a slightly smarter version of himself is distinguished by the bleakly comic dialogue by Janet Roach, an exquisitely droll performance by Angelica Huston, and an amusingly gravelly-voiced turn by William Hickey as a deceptively vicious don. Based on an irony-rich novel by Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate), Prizzi's Honor was craftily directed by Hollywood veteran John Huston and lusciously photographed by Andrej Bartkowiak. The movie so charms us that we almost forget that these are mobsters whose livelihood depends on others' misfortune, a point cleverly driven home when the married mobsters are hired to kill each other. Jack Nicholson alternately hams and charms his way through the role, while Kathleen Turner is in fine full-throated form as the noir-ish femme fatale. The film carries a subversive subtext about American business practices that hints at Condon's and Huston's deeper purpose, but it is so well disguised by Huston's light touch with the dark material that Prizzi's Honor effortlessly transcends its sinister undertones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • UPC: 027616895530
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Charley Partanna
Kathleen Turner Irene Walker
Anjelica Huston Maerose Prizzi
William Hickey Don Corrado Prizzi
Robert Loggia Eduardo Prizzi
John Randolph Angelo "Pop" Partanna
Lee Richardson Dominic Prizzi
Michael Lombard Filargi "Finlay"
Lawrence Tierney Lieutenant Hanley
Joseph Ruskin Marxie Heller
Ann Selepegno Amalia Prizzi
Erasmus C. Alfano Cigar Smoker
John Codiglia Policeman
Ruben Gonzalez Man at Mexican Wedding
George Santopietro Plumber
CCH Pounder Peaches Altamont
Vic Polizos Phil Vittimizzare
Dick O'Neill Bluestone
Sully Boyar Casco Vascone
Antonia Vasquez Theresa Prizzi
Tomasino Baratta Opera Singer
John Calvani Don's Bodyguard
Murray Staff Gallagher
Ray Serra Bocca
Seth Allen Gomsky
Teddi Siddall Beulah
Tom Signorelli Photographer
Ray Iannicelli Photographer
Stanley Tucci Soldier
Themi Sapountzakis Policeman
Debra Kelly Bride at Mexican Chapel
Scott Campbell Groom at Mexican Chapel
Beth Raines Airport Clerk
Michael Sabin Charley at 17
Michael Tuck Anchorman Fred
Michael Fischetti Kiely
Kenneth Cervi Bodyguard
Marlene Williams Mrs. Calhane
Joe Kopmar Cigar Smoker
Peter D'Arcy Cigar Smoker
Thomas Lomonaco Cigar Smoker
Bill Brecht Cigar Smoker
Enzo Citarelli Priest
Henry Fehren Bishop
Alexandra Ivanoff Soprano in Church
Skip O'Brien Bartender
Theodore Theoharous Priest
Jonathan L. Arland Man at Mexican Wedding
Luis Accinelli Man at Mexican Wedding
Danielle Frederick Woman at Mexican Wedding
Dominic Barto Presto Ciglione
Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Tracy Bousman Art Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Richard Condon Screenwriter
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Kaja Fehr Editor
Rudi Fehr Editor
John C. Foreman Producer
Alixe Gordin Casting
Michael Helmy Art Director
Donald C. Klune Production Manager
Alex North Score Composer
Janet Roach Screenwriter
Mickey Scott Makeup
Charles Truhan Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Bruce Weintraub Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/The Wedding [10:32]
2. Half an Introduction [3:25]
3. The Family Scandal [4:36]
4. An Out-of-Town Hit [3:07]
5. Hormonal Kind of Love [10:17]
6. An Icing in L.A. [3:07]
7. Marxie and Wife [7:58]
8. Who's a Hit With Whom [4:42]
9. To Kill or to Marry? [9:34]
10. Simple & Beautiful Plan [6:53]
11. A Shamed Old Woman [3:18]
12. Lady With a Baby [6:47]
13. "Some Hits Are Tricky" [1:31]
14. Forgive Nothing! Cookie? [4:48]
15. Clemency Plus 50% [4:06]
16. No Outside Pressure [2:50]
17. The Godfather's Gift [2:17]
18. How to Beat the Prizzi [6:25]
19. In Honor of Dominic [4:08]
20. Part of the Sales Cost [5:48]
21. Honor Among Thieves? [4:58]
22. Give Irene What's Hers [9:48]
23. Hitter vs. Hitter [5:38]
24. End Credits [2:07]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/The Wedding [10:39]
2. Half an Introduction [3:25]
3. The Family Scandal [4:36]
4. An Out-of-Town Hit [3:07]
5. Hormonal Kind of Love [10:17]
6. An Icing in L.A. [3:07]
7. Marxie and Wife [7:58]
8. Who's a Hit With Whom [4:42]
9. To Kill or to Marry? [9:34]
10. Simple & Beautiful Plan [6:53]
11. A Shamed Old Woman [3:18]
12. Lady With a Baby [6:47]
13. "Some Hits Are Tricky" [1:31]
14. Forgive Nothing! Cookie? [4:48]
15. Clemency Plus 50% [4:06]
16. No Outside Pressure [2:50]
17. The Godfather's Gift [2:17]
18. How to Beat the Prizzi [6:25]
19. In Honor of Dominic [4:08]
20. Part of the Sales Cost [5:48]
21. Honor Among Thieves? [4:58]
22. Give Irene What's Hers [9:48]
23. Hitter vs. Hitter [5:38]
24. End Credits [2:07]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FAMILY BUSINESS

    The Prizzi's are the most enjoyable mob family since Vito Corleone and his sons. The film is a masterwork and the late John Huston exits grandly by getting 5 star performances from the always great Nicholson, (daughter) Angelica Huston, Kathleen Turner and Robert Loggia. The film is stolen by William Hickey, as onion skinned don Corrado Prizzi. Incredible photography and locations.

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