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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 »
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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:
Chris Strong ... Taxi driver
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)

Anton Evangelista ... Bridal Usher #3 (uncredited)

Annabelle Larsen ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Mark Lotito ... Young Priest (uncredited)

Lou Mast ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Gordon Nail ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Garry Pastore ... Usher #2 (uncredited)
John Sagona ... Church Goer (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
Kenneth 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)
Patrick Melly .... gaffer: additional photography (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
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
Location Management
John J. Healey .... location scout: New York
Eric Johnson .... location manager
Deborah Lee .... location manager: New York
Gretchen Wilson .... location nurse: Los Angeles
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
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... dispatcher: Los Angeles (as Tom Krigbaum)
Dennis Lasker .... pre-production coordinator: 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
Molly Zimmerman .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Melissa 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:Tous publics | 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 (certificate #27816) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The first time Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner's characters have sex, Turner is seen on top of Nicholson naked and her right breast and nipple are clearly visible. After they tumble over together, the next shot of Turner on top shows her wearing a nude colored 'modesty' bra/bandeau.See more »
Charley Partanna:We've wasted a lot of time, Maerose.
Maerose Prizzi:[sarcastic] 4 years? Why didn't you wait until I was 50?
Charley Partanna:You could have been a fat tub of lard when you were 50.
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Overture to 'La Gazza ladra'See more »


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Very Fine Dark Comedy, 7 October 2006
Author: moviefreakgirl from Portugal

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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