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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 December 1976 (USA)
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Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mikey
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Nicky Godalin
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Kinney
Rose Arrick ...
Annie
Carol Grace ...
Nellie
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Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner ...
Dave Resnick
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Jan
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Bus Driver
Sy Travers ...
Hotel Clerk
Peter R. Scoppa ...
Counter Man
Virginia Smith ...
Jan's Mother
Jean Shevlin ...
Lady on Bus
Danny Klein ...
Harry
Martin Wolfson ...
Candy Store Man
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Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won't let him in: his moods swing. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Their sojourn - on foot and in a city bus - takes them to a bar, a club, toward a movie theater, to the cemetery where Nick's mom is buried, and to Nick's girlfriend's apartment. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who's getting information from someone is indeed looking for Nick. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Honor - and betrayal - among thugs. See more »

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Shot in 1973, not released until 1976. See more »

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On minute 61m 8sec: when Niky lays down on the floor whit his girlfriend there is not only a mike on the top of the screen, you can actually see the howl stick. If it was not for Colombo how was in the room this wood have killed the romance totally. See more »

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Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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by Dusty Fletcher (as D. Fletcher), John Mason (as J. Mason), Jack McVea (as J. McVea) and Don Howell (as D. Howell)
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Well-acted but lacking in any real impact
23 July 2009 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

There's nothing wrong with a film being low-key, as a sense of subtlety can force the viewers to draw their own inferences from the story and ultimately walk away more affected, with both the films of John Cassavetes and Robert Altman being prime examples. However, sometimes a film can be too low-key and nuanced that it never particularly involves the audience. "Mikey and Nicky" unfortunately did that for me. Director Elaine May never seems able to decide exactly what she wants the film to be, with it's tone often wavering between quirky character study, buddy comedy, and crime thriller. All this would be fine, but unfortunately the two title characters are never particularly likable. Both of them are considerably misogynistic (oddly enough for a film from a female director) and entirely at fault for the situations present, with Nicky being rather psychotic. The film does have some interesting points to make on the subjects of loyalty, but none of the characters remain truthful to one another.

Still, the film remains watchable for several reasons. It's definitely an interesting failure, as May tried, no matter how muddled the result, to craft something intelligent and different, so that should be respected no matter what. Unfortunately, as a director she seems far too derivative of Cassavetes, who stars. The main thing "Mikey and Nicky" has going for it is some great acting. Peter Falk and Cassavetes were both always compelling if often underrated leading men, and the supporting cast has some interesting choices (from Ned Beatty to William Hickey to Joyce Van Patten and even a young M. Emmet Walsh), even if they're often given little to do. Unfortunately, the film in the end lacks any real impact, making the whole venture seem rather pointless. (6/10)


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