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Perhaps it was his collaborator Shel Silverstein who said to screenwriter David Mamet "Lighten up. Do a comedy." Whatever the case, Things Change was a welcome change of pace for Mamet, both as scenarist and director. Don Ameche also goes against his usual grain by playing a downtrodden Chicago shoeshine boy (if one can call an 80-year-old a "boy") who is arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Not having much of a future anyway, Ameche has agreed--for a hefty sum--to take the rap for a gangland rubout. Mob ...
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Perhaps it was his collaborator Shel Silverstein who said to screenwriter David Mamet "Lighten up. Do a comedy." Whatever the case, Things Change was a welcome change of pace for Mamet, both as scenarist and director. Don Ameche also goes against his usual grain by playing a downtrodden Chicago shoeshine boy (if one can call an 80-year-old a "boy") who is arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Not having much of a future anyway, Ameche has agreed--for a hefty sum--to take the rap for a gangland rubout. Mob henchman Joe Mantegna is assigned to keep an eye on Ameche over the weekend to make sure he doesn't try to weasel out of his agreement. Mantegna has been ordered to remain in Ameche's Lake Tahoe hotel, but the young guy takes a liking to the old loser. Like Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail, Mantegna takes Ameche on one last fling around Nevada. The location photography is terrific, and Ameche even more so. One would like Things Change to be equally as good, and while it never comes up to its potential, it remains a pleasant means to while away 100 minutes.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English [mono], Spanish [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
This gentle fable marked a departure from the stark moralizing and often opaque characters of writer/director David Mamet's other films and plays. Mamet co-wrote the screenplay with poet and cartoonist Shel Silverstein, and at times two main characters seem like stand-ins for the writers themselves: Joe Mantegna's callous, pragmatic gangster is Mamet incarnate, and Don Ameche's impish scapegoat is not unlike one of Silverstein's cartoon heroes. As a director, Mamet allows his camera to take in a bit more scenery than usual, and the flat delivery that he imposes on his performers works surprisingly well in a comedy. Ameche's performance is equal parts Marcello Mastroianni and Charles Chaplin: alternately profound and quizzical, he never plays the role merely for slapstick laughs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • UPC: 043396047532
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Ameche Gino
Joe Mantegna Jerry
Robert Prosky Joseph Vincent
J.J. Johnston Frankie
Ricky Jay Mr. Silver
Mike Nussbaum Mr. Green
Dan Conway Butler
Willo Hausman Miss Bates
Gail Silver Housemaid
Len Hodera Ramone
Josh Conescu Bellenza
Merrill Holtzman No Pals
Adam Bitterman Marcotti
Steve Goldstein Randy
Sarah Ekhardt Cherry
Karen Kohlhaas Grace
Robert Bella
Dick Cusack
Vincent Guastaferro Kenny
Felicity Huffman
William H. Macy Billy Drake
Natalia Nogulich
Jack Wallace Repair Shop Owner
J.T. Walsh Hotel Manager
Scott Zigler
Technical Credits
David Mamet Director, Screenwriter
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Nan Cibula Costumes/Costume Designer
Ned Dowd Associate Producer, Asst. Director, Producer
Michael Hausman Production Manager, Producer
Alaric Jans Score Composer
Michael Merritt Production Designer
John Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
Trudy Ship Editor
Shel Silverstein Screenwriter, Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:18]
2. Gino [1:04]
3. Not public knowledge [4:57]
4. "I do it!" [1:54]
5. Jerry [3:49]
6. "We'll do something." [2:12]
7. What's OK [1:05]
8. Billy Drake [3:25]
9. Low profile [1:10]
10. Mr. Johnson's suite [4:37]
11. "Let's gamble." [3:32]
12. 12 Wins [3:21]
13. $35,000 Bet [2:50]
14. Jackie Shore [1:49]
15. Grasshopper & ant [1:15]
16. Kenny & Harry [7:35]
17. Joseph Vincent [3:30]
18. Symbols of friendship [5:20]
19. Trip cut short [6:46]
20. The Green party [1:27]
21. The getaway [4:33]
22. Jack's Desert Gas [1:52]
23. "I give my word." [7:27]
24. Time to go [5:34]
25. Things change [3:21]
26. "We're all dead." [2:32]
27. Collect call [2:31]
28. 20 Years To Life [1:12]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Start [4:18]
2. Gino [1:04]
3. Not public knowledge [4:57]
4. "I do it!" [1:54]
5. Jerry [3:49]
6. "We'll do something." [2:12]
7. What's OK [1:05]
8. Billy Drake [3:25]
9. Low profile [1:10]
10. Mr. Johnson's suite [4:37]
11. "Let's gamble." [3:32]
12. 12 Wins [3:21]
13. $35,000 Bet [2:50]
14. Jackie Shore [1:49]
15. Grasshopper & ant [1:15]
16. Kenny & Harry [7:35]
17. Joseph Vincent [3:30]
18. Symbols of friendship [5:20]
19. Trip cut short [6:46]
20. The Green party [1:27]
21. The getaway [4:33]
22. Jack's Desert Gas [1:52]
23. "I give my word." [7:27]
24. Time to go [5:34]
25. Things change [3:21]
26. "We're all dead." [2:32]
27. Collect call [2:31]
28. 20 Years To Life [1:12]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-up
      English (mono)
      Spanish (mono)
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
   Special Features
      Talent Files
         David Mamet (director & Co-writer
         Don Ameche
         Joe Mantegna
      Bonus Theatrical Trailers
         The Winslow Boy
         The Spanish Prisoner
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-up
      English (mono)
      Spanish (mono)
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Talent Files
         David Mamet (director & Co-writer)
         Don Ameche
         Joe Mantegna
      Bonus Theatrical Trailer
         The Winslow Boy
         The Spanish Prisoner
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review flaw

    Montagna was ordered not to leave Chicago and after looking at a hotel brochure while Ameche was learning his confession, decides to take him on a fling to Lake Tahoe. A crucial part omitted was that Ameche befriended a mob boss living in Tahoe.

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