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Prizzi's Honor -- A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love, only to discover that they have each been hired to kill the other.


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Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.
A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 30 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... Charley Partanna

Kathleen Turner ... Irene Walker

Robert Loggia ... Eduardo Prizzi

John Randolph ... Angelo 'Pop' Partanna

William Hickey ... Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ... Dominic Prizzi
Michael Lombard ... Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'

Anjelica Huston ... Maerose Prizzi
George Santopietro ... Plumber

Lawrence Tierney ... Lt. Hanley

CCH Pounder ... Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno ... Amalia Prizzi

Vic Polizos ... Phil Vittimizzare

Dick O'Neill ... Bluestone
Sully Boyar ... Casco Vascone
Antonia Vasquez ... Theresa Prizzi
Tomasino Baratta ... Opera Singer
John Calvani ... Don's Bodyguard
Murray Staff ... Gallagher

Joseph Ruskin ... Marxie Heller
Raymond Serra ... Bocca (as Ray Serra)
Seth Allen ... Alvin Gomsky
Dominic Barto ... Presto Ciglione
Teddi Siddall ... Beulah
Tom Signorelli ... Photographer #2

Ray Iannicelli ... Photographer #1 (as Raymond Iannicelli)

Stanley Tucci ... Soldier
Themi Sapountzakis ... Policeman
Debra Kelly ... Bride at Mexican Chapel
Scott Campbell ... Groom at Mexican Chapel
Beth Raines ... Airport Clerk
Michael Sabin ... Charley Partanna at 17
Michael Tuck ... Anchorman "Fred"
Michael Fischetti ... Kiely
Kenneth Cervi ... Bodyguard
Marlene D. Williams ... Mrs. Calhane (as Marlene Williams)
Joe Kopmar ... Cigar Smoker #1
Erasmus C. Alfano ... Cigar Smoker #2 (as Eramus 'Charlie' Alfano)
Peter D'Arcy ... Cigar Smoker #3
Thomas Lomonaco ... Cigar Smoker #4
Bill Brecht ... Cigar Smoker #5
Enzo Citarelli ... Priest
John P. Codiglia ... Cop (as John Codiglia)
Henry Fehren ... Bishop
Alexandra Ivanoff ... Soprano Soloist in Church
Skip O'Brien ... Bartender
Theodore Theoharous ... Priest
Jonathan L. Arland ... Man #1 at Mexican Wedding

Rueben Gonzáles ... Man #2 at Mexican Wedding (as Rueben Gonzales)
Luis Accinelli ... Man #3 at Mexican Wedding
Danielle Frederick ... Woman #1 at Mexican Wedding
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matteo Cafiso ... Boy at Wedding (uncredited)

Julia Campanelli ... Woman in Church (uncredited)

Vince Cecere ... Cheech Prizzi (uncredited)
John De Bello ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tony Devon ... The Best Man (uncredited)

Annabelle Larsen ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Mark Lotito ... Young Priest (uncredited)
Gordon Nail ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Garry Pastore ... Usher #2 (uncredited)

Jared Simon ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Mike Tremont ... Arsonist (uncredited)

Nick Vallelonga ... Arsonist (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Richard Condon (novel)

Richard Condon (screenplay) and
Janet Roach (screenplay)

Produced by
John Foreman .... producer
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kaja Fehr 
Rudi Fehr 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
Set Decoration by
Bruce Weintraub 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Cathy Blondell)
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist: Miss Turner (as Tom Case)
Anthony Cortino .... hair styles creator: Kathleen Turner and Anjelica Huston
Robert Laden .... special makeup artist: New York
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson
Mickey Scott .... makeup artist: New York
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
Production Management
Herb Jellinek .... executive in charge of production
Dennis L. Judd II .... production executive
Thomas John Kane .... production manager: New York
Jon Kilik .... production supervisor: New York
Donald C. Klune .... production manager: Los Angeles
David McCann .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Christopher Griffin .... second assistant director
Randi Rosen .... second assistant director: New York
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director (as Benjy Rosenberg)
Liz Ryan .... DGA trainee: New York
Art Department
Richard Adee .... property master: New York
Daniel Aguar .... art department production assistant: New York (as Dan Aguar)
Gary Aharoni .... lead man: New York
Elizabeth Bousman .... set designer: Los Angeles
Tracy Bousman .... art director: Los Angeles
Randy Brewer .... swing man: Los Angeles (as John 'Randy' Brewer)
Dave Brown .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles
Chris Butler .... lead man: Los Angeles
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist: New York
Linda Conaway-Parsloe .... assistant art director: New York (as Linda Conaway)
Richard L. Cowitt .... assistant propman: Los Angeles (as Richard Cowitt)
Jonathan De Camp .... construction production assistant: New York
Jean De Niro .... construction production assistant: New York (as Jean DiNiro)
Russell Goble .... property master (as Russ Goble)
Michael Helmy .... art director: New York
Ed Larkin .... construction grip: New York
Jim Ondrejko .... labor foreman: Los Angeles (as James Ondrejko)
Stephen Planck .... swing man: Los Angeles
William F. Reynolds .... assistant propman: New York (as Bill Reynolds)
Bruno Robotti .... scenic chargeman: New York
Edward Swanson .... chief carpenter: New York (as Ed Swanson)
Anthony Tomeo .... painter foreman: Los Angeles
Charles Truhan .... set decorator: New York
James Waldrop .... swing man: Los Angeles
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... paint gang boss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... footsteps: Los Angeles (as Vanessa Crosby)
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer: Los Angeles
Crew Chamberlain .... boom man: Los Angeles
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Dennis Maitland .... production sound mixer: New York
Kim Maitland .... sound recordist: New York
Ken Nunn .... cable man: Los Angeles
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound editor: Los Angeles (as Michael Redbourn)
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer: Los Angeles
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles
Richard D. Rogers .... foley recordist: Los Angeles (as Richard Rogers)
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator: New York
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer: Los Angeles (as Gregg C. Rudloff)
Catherine Shorr .... sound editor: Los Angeles
Richard Shorr .... sound designer: Los Angeles
Alicia Stevenson .... footsteps: Los Angeles
Jill Taggart .... adr editor: Los Angeles
Denise Whiting .... adr editor: Los Angeles
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects: New York
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Madsen .... stunt coordinator: New York
Roy Farfel .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Scott Leva .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Beaird .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (as Billy Beard Jr.)
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera: New York and Los Angeles (as Dusty Blauvelt)
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Joe Cosko)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator: New York
John Donohue .... dolly grip: New York
Kenneth Fundus .... best boy grip: New York
Gregg Guellow .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as Greg Guellow)
Randy Hart .... best boy: Los Angeles
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer: New York
Gary J. Jensen .... grip: Los Angeles
Fred Johanns .... electrician: New York (as Fred Johannes)
Chaim Kantor .... second assistant camera: New York
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer: Los Angeles (as Gemma LaMana)
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator: Los Angeles (as Joe Marquette)
Dave McClean .... best boy: New York (as David McClean)
Billy Miller .... key grip: New York
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles (as Randy Nolin)
Hank Sheppherd .... grip: Los Angeles
Chris Strong .... gaffer: Los Angeles
John Verardi .... first assistant camera: New York
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer: New York
Doug Willis .... key grip: Los Angeles
R. Michael De Chellis .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extra casting: New York
Lisa M. Marfleet .... casting assistant: New York (as Lisa Marfleet)
Cal Saint John .... extras casting assistant: New York
Stacy Smith-Ehrenhalt .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... costumer: men, New York (as Bill Loger)
Steve Michaels .... wardrobe trailer: Los Angeles
John S. Perry .... costume department head: Los Angeles
Eric H. Sandberg .... costume supervisor: men, Los Angeles (as Eric Sandberg)
Guy Tanno .... costumer: men, New York
Llandys Williams .... costume supervisor: women, Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Phil Downey .... color timer: Los Angeles
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter: Los Angeles
Martha Huntley .... apprentice editor: New York
Jean Jellinek Jones .... assistant film editor: Los Angeles (as Jean J. Jones)
Jim Schurmann .... color timer: Los Angeles
David Siegel .... assistant editor: New York
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... music recordist: Los Angeles
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor: Los Angeles
Fred Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joseph Fanning .... transportation captain: New York
Phil Hedley .... driver: production van, Los Angeles
Norman Honath .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Alan Kaminsky .... driver: property truck, Los Angeles
Andy Straub .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Prentis Woods .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tomasino Baratta .... technical advisor: New York
Mark Belair .... intern: AFI, New York
Grace Blake .... production coordinator: New York
Monique Blanke .... assistant: Mr. Huston
Julie Bovasso .... dialect coach/technical advisor: New York
Parnes Cartwright .... set production assistant: New York
Martin J. Dillon .... therapist/nurse: New York
Barbara Dreyfus .... assistant to producer
Stuart Fink .... publicity coordinator
Bettiann Fishman .... production assistant
Penelope Gottlieb .... title designer: Los Angeles
Ken Hardie .... craft service: Los Angeles
John J. Healey .... location scout: New York
Eric Johnson .... location manager
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... dispatcher: Los Angeles (as Tom Krigbaum)
Dennis Lasker .... pre-production coordinator: New York
Deborah Lee .... location manager: New York
Christopher Lopez .... office production assistant: New York (as Chris Lopez)
Barbara Lucey .... production auditor: New York
Sheryl Main .... production assistant
Dorothy McGowan .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
James McVey .... therapist/nurse: New York
Rocco Muccachia .... technical advisor: New York
Laila Nabulsi .... production associate
Erin Quinn .... assistant production auditor: New York
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (as Meta Wilde)
David Sardi .... set production assistant: New York
Caroline Stevens .... set production assistant: New York
Beverly Walker .... publicist: Los Angeles
Gretchen Wilson .... location nurse: Los Angeles
Molly Zimmerman .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Melissa J.L. Smith .... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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130 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (re rating: 2001) | France:U | Hungary:16 | Iceland:14 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Continuity: 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 »
Charley Partanna:Do I ice her? Do I marry her?See more »
O mio Babbino caroSee more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Shouldn't be just an "honorable" mention in film history, 11 December 2009
Author: knucklebreather from United States

The mafia-comedy hardly seems like a new idea in 2009, we've seen it done well ("The Sopranos"), done alright ("Married to the Mob" or "Analyze This") and done badly (any number of films, "The Godson" for example) and it practically seems quite an established film subject, even a cliché one at this point. However, to fully understand "Prizzi's Honor" if you've seen some of the latter day mafia-comedies that followed it, you have to understand that at one point it was a novel idea to make a movie where mafia dons and hit men were comedic fodder.

If you approach "Prizzi's Honor" expecting it to pick up where its successors left off, you're bound to be disappointed and will likely find it slow and its jokes stale. It's important to remember that this was the first major production to take the subject matter of "The Godfather" (high-level mafia families) and satirize it. It therefore must have seemed quite clever and groundbreaking in 1985 to lampoon the bizarre behaviors and concepts of honor that "The Godfather" and all its imitators had presented to us as reality. You really can't hold "Prizzi's Honor" accountable because so many others realized there was a satirical goldmine here and exploited it until the mafia-comedy film was as cliché as the mafia film, so when approaching this movie, I tried to remember nothing like this had really been done before.

Prizzi's Honor opens with a wedding scene, which is probably a nod to "The Godfather", but it is a very weak and plodding scene by any definition and especially in comparison to the masterpiece it emulates. From there it's mostly uphill though, as Nicholson's tremendous acting is just enough to suspend disbelief as his character, the son of a high ranking mafioso, has a wacky whirlwind romance with a dashing woman he meets at the wedding, only to discover she is mixed up in scamming his own mafia family and she's actually a hired killer just as he is, but that his love for her is so strong that her background doesn't matter. Dating the enemy becomes more and more of a tightrope walk and increasingly their genuine wedded bliss seems to be interrupted by their real world jobs, which would suggest they should see each other as a threat, and both of them typically deal with threats by homicide, leading to a quite funny problem that recurs throughout the film.

The film is very quirky, since it's basically making up a new style of film there's a lot of imagination and the plot itself doesn't fall into any clichés. However, it does exploit a basketful of mafia movie clichés, from the over-the-top Brooklyn drawl that Nicholson somehow pulls off to the corpse-like appearance of the decrepit yet ruthlessly brilliant Don Corrado Prizzi. As most of its successors have just combined mafia clichés with a basic plot, "Prizzi's Honor" seems quite fresh with its complex plot and wonderfully offbeat characters.

"Prizzi's Honor" seems to have fallen by the cinematic wayside, at least, it's not on too many short lists of great films, and its lackluster IMDb rating (6.8) rates it below or alongside many works it actually paved the way for. To some extent I think it suffers from the notion that very few good "serious" films emerged from America in the 80s aside from the stuff Woody Allen was doing. While to some extent this movie does seem to reflect some of the mid-80s film-making malaise, there is a lot of very clever work being done here, and this really is a movie worth remembering.

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