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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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14 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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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Family, Honor, Pride and Loyality overtake Love, Lust, Passion and Pleasure! See more (84 total) »


  (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)
Stephen V. Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Monty Woodard .... lighting technician (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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Sound Mix:
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)

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Prizzi's Honor was the only "Prizzi" story to be adapted from one of Richard Condon's "Prizzi" novels.See more »
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 »
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Family, Honor, Pride and Loyality overtake Love, Lust, Passion and Pleasure!, 10 February 2008
Author: Danny Blankenship from Petersburg, Virginia

Without a doubt in my opinion one of the best and most underrated films of all time has to be 1985's "Prizzi's Honor". The film to some may seem like a black hearted comedy and somewhat of a "Godfather" ripoff, yet for me I found enough drama, intrigue, and chemistry between the characters to go along with a well written script that made it an instant classic. The performance from Jack Nicholson is great and along with the veteran cast the support is the backbone of the film.

Directed by legendary John Huston in one of his last works, "Prizzi's Honor" is a wickedly sly and well crafted mob tale of romance, family conflict and defending pride and honor that comes with family. Set in Brooklyn, New York the Prizzi family the oldest and richest well known crime family starts off with the wedding of head Don Prizzi(William Hickey's) granddaughters wedding. As the relaxing theme and face shots of the characters gets the viewer attached early to the drama from start to finish. Enter Charley Partanna(played to perfection by Jack) the head hit-man of the Prizzi family who's tough and gritty and direct and to the point with a high temper. Yet upon Charley's meeting of an elegant and attractive sexy blond an out of town lady named Irene(Kathleen Turner)and after Charley visits Irene on the west coast at her California home, it doesn't take long before the two develop a hot and steamy passionate romance affair based on sex which both mistake it for blind love.

As the film develops the viewer quickly sees that the Irene Walker character has a dark and hidden past with a closet full of secrets, yet Charley soon accepts her hand in marriage once some things are ironed out. Now family conflict and displeasure arrives when the Prizzi's tell about the real identity of Irene and her real job and mission shocks Charley. This also hurts an ex flame of Charley's that being Prizzi granddaughter Maerose(Anjelica Huston)and Anjelica was wickedly fantastic in her performance her character is so intelligently cunning with advice.

The drama heightens as with all mob dramas when watching you have to figure out what's next and think about who's gonna double cross who next and the plot has many subplots that you must pay attention to. As one can see that both Irene and the Prizzi's are sly and greedy as they will look out for their own self interest and wealth. The support of the family members of the Prizzi's like Eduardo(Robert Loggia)Angelo Pop Partanna(John Randolph)Dominic(Lee Richardson)and last but not least legendary Don Corrado(William Hickey) finally wear on Charley making him choose between family and love, proving that blood is thicker than water and that honor and being loyal is most important with family.

As in the films ending as the viewer can see the final scene between Charley and Irene proves that love hurts and it cuts like a knife! It may be amoral yet some relationships weren't meant to last. Overall "Prizzi's Honor" is a classy film that's one of my best to watch numerous times the performances and story just works so well with the characters chemistry. As the supporting performances from Loggia, Randolph, and Richardson are good backbone, and William Hickey's performance is old and crafty yet beautifully stunning and at ease. As for the females Anjelica was marvelous and sly and cunning, yet you feel sorry for her depressed Maerose character, and Kathleen Turner is fabulously sexy and super erotic as the sneaky and deceptive and stunning Irene Walker. Last but not least the legend and all time greatest actor Jack Nicholson puts the icing on the cake with one of his better and more underrated performances as tough and gritty mob hit-man Charley Partanna who's walk, talk, and dress along with actions made him seem so real and believable. John Huston really had a winner here proving that the most important thing is family honor them and respect them and that's all that matters. Remember family is the most important thing and it should be special.

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