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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.

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Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
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George Santopietro ...
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Lt. Hanley
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Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno ...
Amalia Prizzi
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Phil Vittimizzare
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Sully Boyar ...
Casco Vascone
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Storyline

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)  »

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El honor de los Prizzi  »

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$26,700,000
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John Huston is the only director to direct two members of his own family to win Academy Awards. The first was his father Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role, then his daughter Anjelica Huston won Best Actress in Supporting Role for this movie. See more »

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When Charley and Irene are in her convertible, the shadow from the camera rig becomes visible on the road. See more »

Quotes

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.
Charley Partanna: 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.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Overture to 'Semiramide'
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Not really sure what it wants to be
22 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

So many films glorify the mafia, even those like 'Goodfellas' which pull no punches still allow a residue of glamour to stick to their portrayal of the wise-guy life. So 'Prizzi's Honor', which ridicules its protagonists and shows them to be anything but wise, is a welcome sort of mafia film. Unfortunately, although it's reasonably entertaining, the film ultimately doesn't wholly succeed in any respect; too daft to work as black comedy, too slow to work as riotous farce, to humorously conceived to work as tragic drama. Jack Nicholson is good as the dumb hit man Charley, but the plot leaves us unsure whether we should laugh at him or cry with him, and in the end I felt inclined to do neither. Personally, I prefer Jim Jarmusch's 'Ghost Dog', another offbeat look at organised crime.


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