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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

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 overview, first billed only:
Nicky Godalin
Rose Arrick ...
Carol Grace ...
Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner ...
Dave Resnick
Bus Driver
Sy Travers ...
Hotel Clerk
Peter R. Scoppa ...
Counter Man
Virginia Smith ...
Jan's Mother
Jean Shevlin ...
Lady on Bus
Danny Klein ...
Martin Wolfson ...
Candy Store Man


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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In the mob you trust no one. Not even your best friend. See more »


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21 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Jogo Mortal  »

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


When Mikey and Nicky are talking on the street after the fight, the sleeve of Mikey's jacket changes between being close to and far from his tie. See more »


Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »


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Words and Music by John Strauss
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Mikey and Nicky is a tour de force
6 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film stuck with me for a few days. Peter Falk (Mikey) and Cassavetes (Nicky) give powerful performances and the film makes one wonder 1) if Mikey intends to go through with his dirty job all along and 2) while Nicky seems to know intellectually that it is likely that his friend could betray him, does he believe it or not? When Nicky spontaneously takes Mikey to his mother's grave, it seems that it is not really to pay respect to his mother before he dies but rather to remind his friend that death is final and that if Mikey kills him he'll be killing an irretrievable part of his past. Nicky yells out, "Mom, if anything happens to me Mikey did it!!" This seems to force Mikey to think a bit more deeply about the job he's embarking on; it won't be so easy for him to see his job through to the end. But near the film's end, Mikey tells his wife a story from his childhood that Nicky had reminded him of in the graveyard--does Mikey tell his wife the story as it really happened? The film leaves room for interpretation, but one thing is clear; the night that Mikey and Nicky spend together they are both forced to face their shmuckhood--- not something that either of them are very good at. A must see, especially for Falk and Cassavete fans.

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