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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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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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$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 »

Quotes

Gino: Amico mio, do mi cuore
[My friend, I give my heart]
Joseph 'Don Giuseppe' Vincent: I haven't heard that in 35 years!
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Mamet's playwriting skills lift up the film
11 August 2005 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

Mamet is intrinsically the classical playwright. Things may change in life but the classical playwright begins the story with a shoe shine setting up his corner in the cobbler's shop and ends the story with a shoe shine. Even the mid-point of the film, when the 3 day dream is about to end, there is the short lecture on how to shine shoes.

Though all the actors provide commendable performances, the flow of the story is absorbing. There is a layer of human values and honesty that permeates the world of murders and mafia thugs. Mamet is able to use such contradictions to great effect--threats stated with considerable politeness, women who are apparently in charge (the woman overseeing the arrangements for the meal at the house, the mafia wife/moll in blue) and yet play no significant role, teasing the viewer as it were, use of hats and newspapers to cover faces that seem ridiculous as the story unfolds..

The epilogue makes you wonder if things do change. Change for one may not be change for another. Change for one may come in economic terms, for another in friendship.

Early Mamet's work seems to neglect women characters. I wonder why this is so evident.


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