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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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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
Ed Herlihy ...
TV Reporter
Walter Charles ...
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Sharan Lea ...
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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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Trivia

The first night of filming at "Dinkie's" resembled a Hollywood premiere of sorts. Since "Dinkie's" was on a busy corner, massive traffic problems had been foreseen, so about eighteen police were on hand to keep traffic flowing and fender-benders to a minimum. Disappointed potential customers were turned away in droves, but among those who dropped by for a hamburger and ended up as guests of old friend Blake Edwards were Richard Quine, who had directed Edwards-written scripts in the 1950s; Ken Wales, former television executive and Edwards associate producer; and screenwriter Frank Waldman, who co-scripted some of the Pink Panther films. 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

Claudia Pazzo: [Knocks on door and Spence opens it] Good evening.
Spence Holden: Boy, it sure looks that way. Can I take your coat?
Claudia Pazzo: Sure.
[Sheds fur coat and walks into the bedroom wearing only panties]
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Now I'm Talking About Now
Written by Anne R. Boston, John F. Calder, Robert Elsey, William Burton and John E. Garnett
Produced by Mike Howlett
Performed by The Swimming Pool Q's
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Blake Edwards' death rattle
6 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I shouldn't review a film I've only seen 15 minutes of (on this), but I need to further offset the (sort-of) favorable reviews here.

If one believes the Wikipedia article (qv), "A Fine Mess" was originally intended as an altogether different film that, after poor previews and studio interference, ended up as the humorless mess we see here. Edwards supposedly urged people /not/ to see it -- so why did he allow his name to appear above the title, as well as take writing/directing credit?

The script is mostly clichéd expository dialog of the sort screenwriters are warned to avoid like the plague. It's so unengaging it's surprising audiences didn't walk out after the first five minutes. (Perhaps they'd fallen asleep.)

This wasn't Edwards' last film, but nothing that followed was of any distinction. His last good film was "Victor/Victoria". For the rest of his career, he was running on empty.

If you have a chance to see "A Fine Mess", by all means do so. I doubt you'll be able to get past the first 15 minutes, even out of curiosity. If so, let me know.


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