Prizzi's Honor (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  14 June 1985 (USA)
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A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Prizzi
Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ...
Michael Lombard ...
Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
George Santopietro ...
Lt. Hanley
Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno ...
Amalia Prizzi
Phil Vittimizzare
Sully Boyar ...
Casco Vascone


Charley Partanna is a hit-man who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime syndicate families in the country. Unbeknownst to Charley,the Prizzis just hired Irene Walker, a free-lance killer, to eliminate someone who double-crossed them. When Irene and Charley fall in love their jobs become complicated. Their jobs become impossible when each is given a contract that neither can go through with. Written by Tiff Banks

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Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.


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14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El honor de los Prizzi  »

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$26,700,000 (USA)

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In the wedding reception scene, there is an instrumental version of the song Strangers in the Night. See more »


Irene Walker's red car often has the wax on various panels. When we first see the car the left-hand door is an unusual matt color while the rest of the car is buffed to a shiny finish. You can even see swirl marks in the door at it stops. Later when we see the car again we see it from the front left. The door is clearly polished this time but the front left wing isn't. Probably an attempt to hide the crew from reflecting in the cars bodywork. See more »


Eduardo Prizzi: [reading from the letter from Charley] "Dominic put out a contract on me..."
Dominic Prizzi: He's a fuckin' liar!
Eduardo Prizzi: You wanna hear the letter? Then listen, don't talk. There's about a 130 million dollars here, maybe more. We gotta renegotiate before we get it back. Just shut up and listen. Go on, sit down. Go on.
[continuing to read from the letter]
Eduardo Prizzi: "Dominic will say it's a lot of bullshit. But it so happens he hired my own wife and he gave her a down payment of 50 thousand dollars and my wife is sittin' here next...
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Referenced in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) See more »


Overture to 'La Gazza ladra'
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The Family Above Everything, In a Masterpiece of Black Comedy
8 February 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, the hit-man Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson) is like a son for his godfather Don Corrado Prizzi (William Hickey), who is a powerful mobster. In a wedding of a member of their family, Charley meets Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner) and he falls in love with her. Irene introduces herself as a tax consultant, but indeed she is a killer hired by the Prizzis for a "contract" in New York. They get married, and later Chaley realizes that she betrayed the Prizzis and had stolen their money in a casino. Charley has to face and decide between his code of honor with the Prizzi's family and his love for Irene.

"Prizzi's Honor" is a masterpiece and certainly one of the best movies of the 80's. The story is engaging, having a very dark black humor and many plot points. Jack Nicholson, Angelica Huston in a Machiavelian role, Kathleen Turner (gorgeous, sexy and elegant) and William Hickey are amazing. The performance of the magnificent cast and the outstanding direction of John Huston are marvelous. I have seen this movie at least six times, and I do not get tired of watching it. Unfortunately "Prizzi's Honor" has not been released on DVD in Brazil. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Honra do Poderoso Prizzi" ("The Honor of the Powerful Prizzi")

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