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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love.

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Eduardo Prizzi
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Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
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Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ...
Michael Lombard ...
Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
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George Santopietro ...
Plumber
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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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Bluestone
Sully Boyar ...
Casco Vascone
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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 (USA)
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This is the first film on which Lawrence Tierney has worked with a cinematographer called Andrzej. He's Andrzej Bartkowiak; later Tierney worked with a cinematographer called Andrzej Sekula on Reservoir Dogs (1992). Incidentally Tierney's co-star Jack Nicholson in Prizzi's Honor (1985), previously worked with Bartkowiak on Terms of Endearment (1983). 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

Maerose Prizzi: So let's do it.
Charley Partanna: With all the lights on?
Maerose Prizzi: Yeah. Right here. On the Oriental. With all the lights on.
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Composer Giacomo Puccini
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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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