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Blake Edwards (written by)
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Release Date:
8 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Two friends an actor and a chef discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to capitalize on it. But... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A big guilty pleasure See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ted Danson ... Spence Holden

Howie Mandel ... Dennis Powell

Richard Mulligan ... Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella

Stuart Margolin ... Maurice 'Binky' Drundza

Maria Conchita Alonso ... Claudia Pazzo

Jennifer Edwards ... Ellen Frankenthaler

Paul Sorvino ... Tony Pazzo
Rick Ducommun ... Wardell

Keye Luke ... Ishimine
Ed Herlihy ... TV Reporter
Walter Charles ... Auctioneer

Tawny Moyer ... Leading Lady
Emma Walton ... First Extra
Carrie Leigh ... Second Extra
Sharan Lea ... Young Girl

Rick Overton ... Companion
John Short ... Assistant Director
Teddy Wilson ... Covington (as Theodore Wilson)

Valerie Wildman ... Anchorwoman

Larry Storch ... Leopold Klop
James C. Lewis ... Detective Alpert (as C. James Lewis)
Robert F. Hoy ... Detective Levine (as Robert Hoy)
John Davey ... Detective Horn
Frederick Coffin ... Traffic Cop
Darryl Henriques ... Landlord
Sharon Hughes ... Tina
Garth Wilton ... Houseman

Castulo Guerra ... Italian Director

Sharon Barr ... Director's Wife
Jack O'Leary ... Piano Mover

Doug Cox ... Piano Mover
Elaine Wilkes ... Carhop
Jeffrey Lampert ... Car Salesman
Jim Byers ... Track Announcer
Herb Tanney ... Dr. Henry Garfurg (as Shep Tanney)

Vic Polizos ... Detective Hunker

James Cromwell ... Detective Blist

Dennis Franz ... Phil
Brooke Alderson ... Aileen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Hill ... (uncredited)

Julianne Phillips ... Loraine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (written by)

Produced by
Tony Adams .... producer
Trish Caroselli .... associate producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Robert Pergament 
 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
 
Production Design by
Rodger Maus 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Michael John .... hair designer
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist (as Ramsey)
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alan Levine .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Dunne .... second unit director
David Kelley .... second assistant director
Mickey McCardle .... first assistant director
Margaret Nelson .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pat O'Connor .... property master
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound mixer
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Stevenson .... supervising sound editor (as William Stevenson)
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts
Danielle Antes .... stunt skater
Tamara Barkley .... stunt skater
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Tom Bruggeman .... stunts (as Tom Bruggemann)
Marcie DiNardo .... stunt skater
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunts (as Mark Donaldson)
Dierdre Dudley .... stunt skater
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Bob Elmore .... stunts
Andy Epper .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Michelle Gerard .... stunt skater
Jack Gill .... stunts
Len Glascow .... stunts
Marian Green .... stunts
Bill Hart .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Derek London .... stunt skater
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts (as Bill Lucas)
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts
Diane Peterson .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
J.P. Romano .... stunts
David Rozier .... stunt skater
Jim Sallenbach .... stunt skater
Melanie Sims .... stunt skater
Pam Stewart .... stunt skater
Neil Summers .... stunts
Mike Washlake .... stunts
David White .... stunt skater
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Michael Adams .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Burns .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt performer (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William E. Fitch .... grip
Len Hekel .... still photographer
Clifford Hutchison .... chief lighting technician (as Cliff Hutchison)
Tom D. May .... second grip (as Tom May)
David J. McGraw .... video operator
Richard Tim Vanik .... camera operator (as Tim Vanik)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Larry Hezzelwood .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Martinelli .... costume supervisor
Patrick R. Norris .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Tom Bocci .... music supervisor
Al Bunetta .... music supervisor
Dan Einstein .... music supervisor
John C. Hammell .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Daniel B. Briggs .... transportation captain (as Danny Briggs)
Peter R. Chittell .... transportation captain: picture cars (as Peter Chittell)
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator
Tom Briggs .... set driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phil Gerard .... roller-skate choreographer
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott-Griffin)
Lindsey Jones .... unit publicist
Elton MacPherson .... production controller
Jane Prosnit .... production coordinator
Ronald M. Quigley .... location manager
Jaimie Raskin .... production accountant
Joseph Long .... location manager (uncredited)
Rita Lundin .... boss wrangler (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This movie was originally announced as both a starring vehicle for Richard Pryor and a remake of Laurel & Hardy's famous short subject The Music Box. The movie's title is a vague reference to Hardy's catchphrase, "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:Do I smell like onions?
Dennis:No. Do I?
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Soundtrack:
I'm Gonna Be a Wheel SomedaySee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A big guilty pleasure, 9 August 2000
Author: jhaggardjr from Chicago, Illinois

"A Fine Mess" is a sloppy comedy from Blake Edwards, director of "Micki + Maude", "Victor/Victoria", "10", and the "Pink Panther" films. I first saw "A Fine Mess" at the theater with my best friend when it first came out. I was only 15 years old at the time, and we laughed our heads off. You would think that today I would find this film to be incredibly stupid. Well, I just watched it again recently, and I still laughed at this movie. That makes "A Fine Mess" a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It's about Ted Danson and Howie Mandel getting mixed up in a fixed horse race, and spend parts of the movie running from two clumsy gangsters (Richard Mulligan and Stuart Margolin) who are responsible for creating this fixed horse race on orders from their mob boss (Paul Sorvino). In the midst of this fine mess they fall in love with beauties Maria Conchita Alonso and Jennifer Edwards (Blake's daughter). This movie was no doubt an embarrassment to Edwards, Danson, Mandel, Sorvino, and especially Mulligan and Margolin. They all make total fools of themselves. But I laughed anyway. It's notable for an appearence by a pre-"NYPD Blue" Dennis Franz and a bit part by a pre-"Babe" James Cromwell. But one thing I'll always remember about "A Fine Mess" is film critic Rex Reed's thrashing of the movie on the movie review show "At the Movies" when he and co-host Bill Harris (taking over for Siskel and Ebert) were reviewing their choices for the worst movies of 1986. Reed started saying quote "Well at least part of the title is accurate. "A Fine Mess". Well it's worse than a mess. It was an all out disaster, and there's nothing fine about it." It was quite obvious that Reed gave "A Fine Mess" no stars. But I give it three stars. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it. This movie does make me laugh. If you decide to watch this, remember to check your brain at the door.

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