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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.

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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
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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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Crime | Drama

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21 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Jogo Mortal  »

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$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Nicky is undressing to make out with Nellie at her apartment, he sheds his jacket, pulls his necktie off and drapes it over a chair. He sits and unbuttons his shirt. A moment later, his tie is back on. As he and Nellie smooch, the tie disappears and reappears again. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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Connections

References Xin du bi dao (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Open the Door Richard
by Dusty Fletcher (as D. Fletcher), John J. Mason (as J. Mason), Jack McVea (as J. McVea) and Dan Howell [pseudonym of David Kapp] (as D. Howell)
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Elaine May makes a Cassavetes film
29 August 2006 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Viewers familiar with John Cassavetes' directing style will see his influence in this film, but Elaine May wrote and directed it. It is an engaging, highly unusual drama about two childhood pals mixed up with the mob. Don't expect Martin Scorsese or Francis Coppola glitz here---this movie is different. There is a real, uncinematic edge to it. It almost plays like a documentary, or a "reality movie." And the actors--Falk and Cassevetes were good friends and frequently worked together--allow for unique male-bonding (and a dissection of the male sex) that rarely occurs in modern film (another characteristic of a Cassavetes-directed film). Women are basically throwaway characters in many of his films, and that is the case here. This movie will either be an endurance test for audiences, or a fascinating experience. It was the latter for me.


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