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There are reports that John Huston's continual advice to Jack Nicholson before takes was, "Remember, he's stupid."
John Huston's Best Director Academy Award nomination for this film made him the oldest ever to be Oscar nominated for directing. Huston was 79 and the record still stands [August 2013].
Film debut of Stanley Tucci.
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Julie Bovasso taught Jack Nicholson how to speak "Brooklynese". Researching the role, he hung out in lowlife dives in Brooklyn.
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Kim Basinger reportedly wanted the role of Irene, but director John Huston turned her down.
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The studio, expecting the film to perform poorly at the box office, pushed for a relatively quick release onto home video; however, the film was one of the 'sleeper' hits of the season, thanks to terrific reviews and positive word of mouth, and had a lengthy stay in theatres, and was still in theatres, in fact, when it was released to video stores.
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The yellow jacket that Jack Nicholson wears when he and Kathleen Turner are having a drink together was his own personal jacket. Anjelica Huston purchased the jacket for Jack Nicholson.
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The last movie that John Huston directed in the United States.
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The only movie Jack Nicholson appeared in directed by John Huston. They had previously costarred together in the movie Chinatown eleven years earlier.
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John Huston is the only director to direct two members of his own family to win Academy Awards. The first was his father Walter Huston in Treasure of the Sierra Madre who won best supporting actor, then his daughter Angelica Huston won best supporting actress for this film.
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Jack Nicholson gained thirty pounds to play Charley Partanna.
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Prizzi's Honor was the only "Prizzi" story to be adapted from one of Richard Condon's "Prizzi" novels.
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Jack Nicholson was John Huston's first choice to play Charley Partanna.
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Al Pacino was offered the role of Charley but turned it down.
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Prizzi's Honor was film critic Pauline Kael's favorite movie in the summer of 1985.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston; and four Oscar nominees: Robert Loggia, Kathleen Turner, William Hickey, Stanley Tucci.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Based on a story by Richard Condon, who wrote The Manchurian Candidate, which was also filmed, not once, but twice.
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The voice that is heard saying "Maerose" off camera when Anjelica Huston is putting makeup on her face in the scene when she tries to kill her father (in the movie played by Lee Richardson) is actually voiced by director John Huston, who was Anjelica Huston's real life father.
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Screenwriter Janet Roach sent both the book and the screenplay of Prizzi's Honor to John Huston.
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John Huston was in very poor health with emphysema when he directed Prizzi's Honor. He required the use of an oxygen tank on the set to help him breathe.
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Liza Minnelli was originally offered the role of Maerose but turned it down.
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In the wedding reception scene, there is an instrumental version of the song Strangers in the Night.
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One of the reasons why Jack Nicholson decided to star in Prizzi's Honor, was because he wanted to be directed by John Huston.
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Mia Farrow was considered for the role of Maerose Prizzi.
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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).
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Director John Huston and writer Richard Condon - who wrote the novel on which Prizzi's Honor (1985) is based, plus he co-wrote the screenplay - both have surnames that end with the letters "o-n", plus both surnames have six letters each.
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On the poster for Prizzi's Honor Jack Nicholson is shown smoking a cigarette. However, there are no scenes within the film of Jack Nicholson smoking.
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Kay Lenz was originally cast as Irene.
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Kristy McNichol, Tatum O'Neal and Brooke Shields were considered for the role of Irene Walker.
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