4.5/10
1,154
16 user 6 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

That's Life! (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Sally Kellerman
Skin Deep (1989)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A womanizing, drunken, allelic writer, whose life seems to be falling apart at the seams, repeatedly finds himself in trouble of one sort or another with the law, ex-girlfriends, and jealous boyfriends.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: John Ritter, Vincent Gardenia, Alyson Reed
Gunn (1967)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Peter Gunn investigates the murder of Scarlotti, a mobster who once saved the detective's life. The primary suspect appears to be Fusco, who has taken over. In the middle of the case, an ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Laura Devon, Craig Stevens, Edward Asner
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

This is the tale of a sculptor named David who has a major womanizing problem. He goes to seek help from a psychiatrist, Marianna, to cure him of his obsession with women. His story of ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Kim Basinger
S.O.B. (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, William Holden, Marisa Berenson
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During a Caribbean holiday, a British civil servant finds herself falling in love with a Russian agent.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle
Micki + Maude (1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A bigamist must keep his wives from meeting each other, which becomes tricky when they're both pregnant.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Dudley Moore, Amy Irving, Ann Reinking
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In World War II, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: James Coburn, Dick Shawn, Sergio Fantoni
Sunset (1988)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Welcome to the comedy club where young comics make every night riot night. Now, they're taking their act to the streets.

Director: Ron Clark
Stars: Miles Chapin, Peter Aykroyd, Howie Mandel
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

At a Boston hospital, Dr. Carey becomes an amateur sleuth to help clear a colleague who's accused of botching an illegal abortion that kills a 15 year old girl.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: James Coburn, Jennifer O'Neill, Pat Hingle
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Margo hilariously portrayed by Margot Kidder arriving in Mexico to see ailing father who soon dies; but not before telling her of a stolen treasure buried years ago in a ghost-town. Margo ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Sharp
Stars: Margot Kidder, Ted Danson, Burt Lancaster
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Spence Holden
...
Dennis Powell
...
Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
...
Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
...
Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards ...
Ellen Frankenthaler
...
Tony Pazzo
...
Wardell
...
Ishimine
Ed Herlihy ...
TV Reporter
Walter Charles ...
Auctioneer
...
Leading Lady
...
First Extra
Carrie Leigh ...
Second Extra
...
Young Girl
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess  »

Box Office

Gross:

$6,029,824 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The picture was filmed in a variety of locations around the Los Angeles neighborhood, with about half being lensed at Laird Studios. Locations included a race track south of the city, a downtown junkyard, and shots in Westwood, Santa Monica, Venice and Brentwood. The home of Tony Pazzo was filmed at a mansion overlooking Beverly Hills. 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

Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella: It's a real Art Deco!
Tony Pazzo: Never heard of the bum!
See more »

Connections

References Gandhi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Help Falling In Love
Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss (as George Weiss)
Produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Richard Dashut
Performed by Christine McVie
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?