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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spence Holden
Dennis Powell
Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards ...
Ellen Frankenthaler
Tony Pazzo
Ed Herlihy ...
TV Reporter
Walter Charles ...
Leading Lady
Emma Walton ...
First Extra
Carrie Leigh ...
Second Extra
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 <>

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Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess  »

Box Office


$6,029,824 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Beverly Hills mansion was spread over many acres of prime real estate. It seemed as if the sumptuous estate was the house that had everything. When director Blake Edwards looked at it, however, Edwards decided it required another wing that could withstand the action scenes with the SWAT team and the even more destructive Howie Mandel. After the smoke cleared, the owner of the mansion agreed that an extra wing was just what he needed, and had one built to the specifications of the movie set. See more »


When the thugs chase Spence and Dennis away from the race track in their car, they wind up crashing into a vending table full of stuffed toys. Part of the crash can be seen from inside the car. In the exterior shot that follows, the camera used for the interior shot can be seen in the back seat of the car. See more »


Spence Holden: All right, you've got to distract them.
Dennis Powell: I'VE got to?
Spence Holden: So I can place the bet.
Dennis Powell: They're looking for YOU! You're the perfect attention-getter!
Spence Holden: You don't care if I get killed?
Dennis Powell: I don't want ANYBODY getting killed, starting with ME!
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References Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) See more »


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A Mess, Yes....But Fine As Well!
21 October 2002 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at the number of viewers whose comments generally trashed this picture, but I must admit that I'm astonished at the snobbery of some people when it comes to comedy.

Not every movie has to have an intricate plot, Oscar caliber performances, and a perfect script to be a noteworthy movie. We have movies like Citizen Kane, The Killing Fields, A Dry White Season, Rain Man ect... for that. The most important aspect of a comedy is whether or not it is genuinely funny, and there's no way one can say that this flick is not.

Just about every scene in the film is funny, physical as well as dialogue. Howie Mandel cracked me up constantly with the strange voices he used. It's vulgar in parts, and sure, the plot is weak. So what. It does it's job. Blake Edwards is a master at comedy. He never leaves me disappointed.

If you're looking for a movie that will leave you with a sore ribcage at the end, this one will do the trick. As comedies go, I'd give it an 8/10.

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