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Things Change (1988)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  21 October 1988 (USA)
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Gino, an Italian-American shoe-shiner with a remarkable similarity to a certain mafia don, is paid to take the rap for a murder. Jerry, a two-bit gangster on probation, is given a chance ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gino
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Jerry
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Joseph 'Don Giuseppe' Vincent
J.J. Johnston ...
Frankie
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Mr. Silver
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Mr. Green
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Repair Shop Owner
Dan Conway ...
Butler
Willo Hausman ...
Miss Bates (as Willo Varsi Hausman)
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Housemaid
Len Hodera ...
Ramone
Josh Conescu ...
Bellenza
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Marcotti
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No Pair (as Merrill Holtzman)
William Novelli ...
Willie
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Gino, an Italian-American shoe-shiner with a remarkable similarity to a certain mafia don, is paid to take the rap for a murder. Jerry, a two-bit gangster on probation, is given a chance for redemption by guarding Gino for the weekend. But instead of sitting around a dingy hotel room, Jerry decides to give Gino a weekend to remember, taking him to Lake Tahoe. Jerry's bragging to his friends of his important charge, as well as Gino's dignified, quiet demeanor, soon result in much complication for them both. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Dealing with the mob is always a gamble.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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As Coisas Mudam  »

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$3,527,886 (USA)
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First cinema feature of Felicity Huffman. See more »

Goofs

After they leave the airport, Jerry and Gino stop to talk with Billy Drake. Then Gino stays in front of the others, holding the overcoats, with Billy on his left-hand side and Jerry on his right. In the next shot Billy appears holding the overcoats and leading Gino with his right hand to the car. For this to be possible it would be necessary that them both had changed their places. See more »

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Gino: I give my word.
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Things Do Change
20 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A comedy by David Mamet - it seems like a contradiction in terms... This sparkling film bristles with life. There is absolutely nothing in common with other dialog-oriented films by writer-directors that quickly become talkathons. This film presents its "message" from the beginning and its pace doesn't let up until the end. It's funny all right - not explosive, rolling-on-the-floor humor but humor of a much gentler kind - and everything is wonderfully written and realized. If I had to use a word to describe it, "balletic" comes to mind. The timing and the movements are in perfect synchronization. What a delightful surprise!

Curtis Stotlar


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