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Prizzi's Honor
     

Prizzi's Honor

3.7 3
Director: John Huston

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston

 

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Richard Condon's delicious black comedy was lovingly translated to the screen by legendary director John Huston in one of his last movies. The Prizzis are a powerful family of mobsters, as devoted to their code of honor as they are to bending laws and breaking skulls. Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson), a Prizzi hit man, is not quite so honorable, at least where

Overview

Richard Condon's delicious black comedy was lovingly translated to the screen by legendary director John Huston in one of his last movies. The Prizzis are a powerful family of mobsters, as devoted to their code of honor as they are to bending laws and breaking skulls. Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson), a Prizzi hit man, is not quite so honorable, at least where affairs of the heart are concerned. While attending a mob wedding, he throws over his longtime sweetheart Maerose Prizzi (Anjelica Huston) in favor of gorgeous Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner). Supposedly a tax consultant, Irene is actually a paid killer like Charley--and this endears her to him all the more. But when it turns out that Irene has betrayed the Prizzis, Charley finds himself on the horns of a dilemma: does he kill Irene or marry her? Fortuitously, Irene helps Charley make up his mind by attempting to kill him. The film's strongest suit is its matter-of-fact approach to Charley and Irene's profession; in the movie's most memorable scene, the two lovers calmly discuss their dinner plans while disposing of the corpse of their latest victim. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Prizzi's Honor won Best Supporting Actress for Huston's daughter Anjelica, playing the "art imitates life" role of Nicholson's cast-off girl friend. The win made Anjelica, John, and Walter Huston the only three generations of one family all to win Oscars.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2017
UPC:
0738329215095
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
73,774

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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