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A Fine Mess (1986)

Two friends an actor and a chef discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to capitalize on it. But also have to deal with the two men who fixed it who are trying to silence them. And ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Spence Holden
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Dennis Powell
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Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
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Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
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Claudia Pazzo
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Ellen Frankenthaler
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Tony Pazzo
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Wardell
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Ishimine
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TV Reporter
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Auctioneer
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Leading Lady
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Young Girl
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Two friends an actor and a chef discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to capitalize on it. But also have to deal with the two men who fixed it who are trying to silence them. And there's also the mob boss whom the two guys work for who planned the fixing thing whose wife is having an affair with the actor. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess  »

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$6,029,824 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Stuart Margolin and Richard Mulligan portraying comic buddy duo Binky & Turnip had similar sounding last names - both words began with the letter "M", rhymed, and had three syllables each. See more »

Goofs

After Dennis gets into the car Spence takes from the race track, a patrol car comes by. Spence grows nervous and backs out of his parking space before Dennis can exit the car. As Spence backs out and then switches to drive, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Spence Holden: [Spence has snuck up to Claudia's bedroom to surprise her] Good morning!
[Claudia wakes up startled]
Spence Holden: [Spence holds up her panties] In your rush you forgot these.
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Connections

Referenced in Money Talks (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Movin' So Close
Written by Keith Burston, Darryl Littlejohn and Eric Douglas
Produced by Mark Davis
Executive Producer: Smokey Robinson
Performed by Second Generation
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I thought this was actually a fine comedy.
17 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

This just shows how out of touch I am when it comes to comedies. The score for this film is only four, but I actually really enjoyed it. I thought the film was funny through the whole film for the most part and I enjoyed Howie Mandel and Ted Danson's performances in this one. Granted there were a few jokes that really did not work such as the auction where they accidentally bid on the piano, but jokes that did not work all that well were few and far between for me. The film is kind of all over the place, but it centers a bit on a horse racing doping scheme that a man overhears. He is chased and ends up placing bets on said horse. He and his friend then end up buying a piano for a large sum by accident and then proceed to sell it to a person of dubious character. The buddies are played well by two guys who were more known for television at the time in Mandel and Danson. Danson is basically just doing a variation of Sam Malone from "Cheers" in this one, but it works and I thought he was very funny. Richard Mulligan also is in this one, and once again someone who would be known for a television role. The ending was good too. Well good for me, I liked this one, but from the score here I would guess that not many share my opinion of this one. So while I enjoyed it and think it was humorous I would read the other reviews of those who did not like it all that much to get the whole picture.


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