Things Change (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
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Shoe-shiner Gino is hired to take the rap for a mafia murder. Two-bit gangster Jerry watches over Gino and gives him a weekend to remember.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph 'Don Giuseppe' Vincent
J.J. Johnston ...
Mr. Silver
Mr. Green
Repair Shop Owner
Dan Conway ...
Willo Hausman ...
Miss Bates (as Willo Varsi Hausman)
Len Hodera ...
Josh Conescu ...
Jack Merrill ...
No Pair (as Merrill Holtzman)
William Novelli ...


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 <>

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Dealing with the mob is always a gamble.


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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Coisas Mudam  »

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$3,527,886 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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First cinema feature of Felicity Huffman. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in I Was a Teenage Faust (2002) See more »

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A Very Good Film
21 February 2004 | by (Bay Area, California) – See all my reviews

Things Change is one of my favorite David Mamet films. If you don't know who David Mamet is by now you are a lost cause when it comes to film. For those of you that don't know, he is one of the best director/screenwriters of his Generation and I would put his body of work against any of the great directors and maybe make the case that he is the best. I like most of his work and I loved this film. Things Change is a story driven by great characters and great circumstance. The acting, directing, writing, cinimatography are superb. Don Ameche in one of his last roles on film is awesome as Gino the shoemaker and Joe Mantegna is perfectly cast as Jerry the flamboyant low level mobster on the outs with his boss. Some great performances here, this is a definite can't miss for any guy that likes mob pictures. Check it out, 10 to 1 says you love it.

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