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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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Trivia

The movie was inspired by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's classic comedy short The Music Box (1932) with the picture's title being derived from the pair's comedy movie Another Fine Mess (1930). One of music composer Henry Mancini's pieces on A Fine Mess (1986)'s soundtrack is actually entitled "Stan And Ollie" (after the nick-names of Laurel & Hardy). 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!
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References Cujo (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"It's a fine mess..."
14 February 2002 | by (San Ho) – See all my reviews

My heart sinks when I see a 3.8 User Rating for this hilarious comedy. You got Danson and Mandel in their prime and Edwards behind the camera. OK, it should have been better, but there's still some of Blake's trademark slapstick we all know and love from classics like A Shot in the Dark and The Party. Richard Mulligan is a standout as a dopey hood who places his shotgun in front of his crotch before firing. The plot, if you want to call it that, has more holes than a swiss cheese convention but I was laughing so hard I didn't care.


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