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Release Date:
27 September 1965 (USA) See more »
...and the name of the game is Mickey! See more »
A comic steals the identity of a homeless man and goes on the run after the mob tries to kill him for an unknown reason. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The fact someone had the guts to make such an uncompromising and bizarre film with little to no commercial prospects in the mid-60s is amazing See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order)

Warren Beatty ... Mickey One

Alexandra Stewart ... Jenny Drayton

Hurd Hatfield ... Ed Castle

Franchot Tone ... Ruby Lapp
Teddy Hart ... George Berson

Jeff Corey ... Larry Fryer

Kamatari Fujiwara ... The Artist
Donna Michelle ... The Girl
Ralph Foody ... Police Captain
Norman Gottschalk ... The Evangelist
Dick Lucas ... Employment Agent
Jack Goodman ... Cafeteria Manager
Jeri Jensen ... Helen
Charlene Lee ... The Singer
Benny Dunn ... Nightclub Comic
Denise Darnell ... Stripper
Dick Baker ... Boss at Shaley's
Helen Witkowski ... Landlady
Bill Koza ... Art Gallery Patron (as William Koza)
David Crane ... Art Gallery Patron
Michael Fish ... Italian Restaurant Owner (as Mike Fish)
Greg Louis ... Bartender
Gus Christy ... Bartender
David Elsen ... Desk Clerk
Robert Sickinger ... Policeman
Lew Prentiss ... Kismet Boss
Grace Colette ... B-Girl
Boris Gregurevitch ... Kismet Comic
James Middleton ... Iggie
Dink Freeman ... Xanadu M.C.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeffrey Allen ... Fat Bum getting beaten up (uncredited)
Aram Avakian ... Mickey's tormentor in theater (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Erhardt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jason Fithian ... Jake Duffy (uncredited)

Dennis Franz ... Minor Role in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Bob Konovsky ... Bouncer choking bar patron (uncredited)
Jan Marsh ... Dancer (uncredited)

Fran Ryan ... Homeless Woman (uncredited)
Earl Sands ... Bouncer (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
Writing credits
Alan Surgal (written by)

Produced by
John G. Avildsen .... executive producer
Arthur Penn .... producer
Harrison Starr .... associate producer
Original Music by
Eddie Sauter 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Aram Avakian 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
Costume Design by
Domingo A. Rodriguez  (as Domingo Rodriguez)
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Production Management
William T. Schneider .... unit supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Wright .... property master (as Tom Wright)
Sound Department
Edward Beyer .... sound effects editor
Walter Goss .... sound mixer
Hugh A. Robertson .... sound effects editor (as Hugh A. Robertson Jr.)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lutz Hapke .... camera operator
Morris Rosen .... key grip
William Stuebe .... gaffer (as William Steube)
Editorial Department
Marc Laub .... assistant editor
Robert Q. Lovett .... assembly editor (as Robert Lovett)
Music Department
Bob Abernathy .... musician: French horn
Ray Alonge .... musician: French horn
Don Ashworth .... musician: reeds
Richard Berg .... musician: French horn
Eddie Bert .... musician: trombone
Al Block .... musician: tenor sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo
Jimmy Buffington .... musician: French horn
Eli Carmen .... musician: bassoon
Earl Chapin .... musician: French horn
Richard Davis .... musician: acoustic double bass
Al DeRisi .... musician: trumpet
Ernie DiFalco .... musician: trumpet
Harvey Estrin .... musician: alto sax, clarinet, flute, alto flute, piccolo
Joe Ferrante .... musician: trumpet
Barry Galbraith .... musician: guitar
Stan Getz .... musician: improvisations
Wally Kane .... musician: bass sax, clarinet, bassoon
Roger Kellaway .... musician: piano
Mel Lewis .... musician: drums, percussion
John Messner .... musician: trombone
Tommy Mitchell .... musician: bass trombone
Bobby Nichols .... musician: trumpet
Harvey Phillips .... musician: tuba
Ephie Resnick .... musician: trombone
Charlie Russo .... musician: reeds
Sonny Russo .... musician: trombone
Jack Shaindlin .... conductor
Jack Shaindlin .... music supervisor
Ray Shiner .... musician: tenor sax, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais
Clark Terry .... musician: trumpet, fluegel horn
Other crew
Roberta Hodes .... script supervisor
Jill Jakes .... production aide
Gene Lasko .... assistant to producer

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93 min
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Did You Know?

Location filming was done in Chicago March through May of 1964. The stars stayed at the Astor Towers Hotel during filming. Interiors were shot at Fred Niles Studios which are now Oprah's Harpo Studios. The exterior of the Xanadu night club in the film was the old Gate of Horn folk club at the southeast corner of Dearborn & Chicago. The interior night club scenes were shot in what had been the short-lived "new" Chez Paree at 400 N. Wabash. The film opened in Chicago on October 27, 1965 at the Woods Theater which can be seen in film with the film "The Cardinal" listed on the marquee.See more »
Jenny Drayton:What are you guilty of?
Mickey One:I'm guilty of not being innocent.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Day for Night: An Appreciation (2003) (V)See more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The fact someone had the guts to make such an uncompromising and bizarre film with little to no commercial prospects in the mid-60s is amazing, 3 December 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"Mickey One" is a Hollywood film produced by a major studio starring Warren Beatty and directed by Arthur Penn (before either went on to "Bonnie and Clyde"). Its also one of the most surreal films I've seen, rivaling anything by either David Lynch. Who would've thought? The fact someone had the guts to make such an uncompromising and bizarre film with little to no commercial prospects in the mid-60s is amazing. These kind of existentialist head pictures would've been in vogue for at least another five or ten years in Hollywood. This all makes "Mickey One" incredibly ahead of its time. Its also a fascinating and unique American picture. Its a shame this hasn't been put out yet onto DVD and its one of the most unfortunately overlooked films from a decade that produced many.

This is one of those films that seems to work on its own inner logic. The plot is slightly confusing (set up by an absolutely brilliant montage at the beginning) but the skill put into the project make it all worthwhile. Warren Beatty hasn't made any really good films in a while, but back in his heyday he was one of the best actors working. This is as good as his performance in either "Bonnie & Clyde" or "The Parallax View". The fact that the film is so experimental and yet manages to make his (and Alexandra Stewart's) characters sympathetic amidst the madness and supporting caricatures is no small feat. The interesting thing to wonder at the end is if Mickey's paranoia is justified or not. While the hyper-kinetic style can grow thin occasionally, this is still a daringly original film. I feel this will improve with each viewing. (8/10)

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