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
Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.
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worked hard to get her characterization of a mafia daughter right. "It was up to us to get our accents down, so Jack [Nicholson] went to the Brooklyn betting shops and I went to a Brooklyn church." During preproduction she was in the costume department trying on a black designer dress from the fifties with a frilly taffeta piece that came over the shoulder. She told the designer it would be interesting to take off the ruffle and drape it in Schiaparelli pink. "Just then my father entered the room, and said, 'Well, what do you think about making the ruffle in Schiaparelli pink?' That was the moment I knew there was no separation in how we saw the character." See more
When Charley and Irene are in her convertible, the shadow from the camera rig becomes visible on the road. See more
Don Corrado Prizzi
Charley, you swore an oath of blood, my blood and yours, that you would always put the family before anything else in your life. We are calling on you to keep that sacred oath.
Irene is my family. She's my wife.
Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
Charley, she is a woman you have known only for a few weeks. She is your wife. We are your life.
Overture to 'La Gazza ladra'
Composed by Gioachino Rossini See more