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A Fine Mess (1986)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  8 August 1986 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Jennifer Edwards ...
Ellen Frankenthaler
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Tony Pazzo
Rick Ducommun ...
Wardell
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Ishimine
Ed Herlihy ...
TV Reporter
Walter Charles ...
Auctioneer
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Leading Lady
Emma Walton ...
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Carrie Leigh ...
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Sharan Lea ...
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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The name Pazzo is Italian for "crazy." 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

Ellen Frankenthaler: Will that be check or cash?
Spence Holden: Well... how much are we talking about, here?
Ellen Frankenthaler: Ten thousand.
Spence Holden: Whoah, come on, sweetheart. That's a little high, don't you think?
Ellen Frankenthaler: I'm really not at liberty to say.
Spence Holden: Well, if YOU'RE not at liberty...
Dennis Powell: Wait a minute, wait a minute. I don't think you two are talking about the same thing.
Ellen Frankenthaler: What are you talking about?
Spence Holden: No, no. What are YOU talking about?
Ellen Frankenthaler: The piano.
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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Easier Said Than Done
Written by William Linton and Larry Huff
Produced by Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff for Ripe Productions
Performed by Chico DeBarge
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A fine....little distraction
3 August 2005 | by (anaheim, ca) – See all my reviews

A definite "check your brain at the door" comedy, one of the most plot less films ever, but manages some good characters and situations. Danson, pigeon-holed as his "Cheers" character Sam Malone, plays another womanizer here, this time an actor. While shooting a film at a racetrack, he overhears the doping of a philly, and though seen, decides to bet the horse the next day. Two movie-type hit men dingbats spend the next twenty minutes chasing him by foot and car all over the place. Along for the ride is Danson's buddy Mandel, who gets swept up in the madness. There's also an auctioneer, a Mob wife, her grumbling husband, two cops on the trail, and a disgruntled brother in law. Edwards attempt at an all-out comedy comes off here and there, but the film has no real direction. A bunch of gags are clustered along the business of Danson and Mandel avoiding a bullet from the two hitguys. But for whatever reason, I let it slide and just enjoyed what was given. Danson at about 40 and Mandel in his 20s, though never explained how they know each other, had a great chemistry. Seemed like they had been buddies a while, and clicked on-screen. Throw in some Mandel bits like voices or eating soap, and you can't help but laugh. Especially his moment in an Indian restaurant where he disregards the diners and lets loose after eating....something. Danson milks being slapped in the face and chasing women, and an odd boon to the film is the up-beat soundtrack. From the Temptations to Mr. Mister, it came off energetic. In fact, I don't recall any scenes of score used in the film. It all culminates in a chaotic finish involving a piano and another chase, so it may be worth a shot if you're into stretching your funnybone.


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