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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.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El honor de los Prizzi  »

Box Office


$26,700,000 (USA)

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Mia Farrow was considered for the role of Maerose Prizzi. See more »


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


Charley Partanna: Do I ice her? Do I marry her?
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Squirt's Honor (2013) See more »


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Very Fine Dark Comedy
7 October 2006 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This movie is often good and funny, but sometimes 's not focused enough. The story tries to cover a lot of themes, genres, and plot implications which doesn't always work. The best parts are the ones which deal with Charlie/Irene complicated relationship, in which you never know for sure if she's manipulating him from the beginning or not. One funny thing was the homage to Mafia movies, such as The Godfather. Some lines really hit their targets, too (Well, it's not many if you consider the size of the population, comes to mind).

The acting is very good, and the best thing of the movie. Jack Nicholson plays an incredibly dumb character, that gets wonderfully developed by the end. He has a great comic timing. Kathleen Turner is very good, she has a great chemistry with Jack, and can look innocent and the moment after a total bitch. Besides, she ha a great, calm, sure delivery. Anjelica Huston is very funny playing mean / jealous / spoiled / manipulative/sweet, though lack of screen time hurts. The supporting are all great, and the one who plays the Don is hilarious, with his sadistic way of saying his lines.

The direction is simple, but has some original shots, it works with this material. It's mostly steady camera. The music creates a contrast; it's quite cheery and happy, and that makes the movie funnier. It's a very dark comedy in my opinion, and sometimes a romance drama. It's worth watching, and original, but not a masterpiece. 7.5/10

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