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Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 15 June 1990 (USA)
The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

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Kid
Michael Donovan O'Donnell ...
McGillicuddy
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Stooge
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The Rodent
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Marvellee Cariaga ...
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Michael Gallup ...
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All Tess Trueheart wants is to settle down to a quiet life with her boyfriend, detective Dick Tracy. But there's something pretty rotten going on in town, with someone pretty rotten behind it, and Tracy has his hands full with the likes of villain Big Boy Caprice and with the almost irresistible Breathless Mahoney. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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15 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Дик Трэйси  »

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$47,000,000 (estimated)

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$103,738,726 (USA)
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In an article in Entertainment Weekly about the make-up used for "Dick Tracy", actor R.G. Armstrong said his face was covered with a gelatinous material called alginate, which is similar to the stuff dentists use for impressions of teeth, to make a life mask for his character Pruneface. Then the make-up artists sculpted Pruneface's wrinkled mug over the life mask to form a second mold from which foam-latex facial parts, also known as appliances, were cast. The appliances were attached to Armstrong's face in several sections to the actor's face and the make-up session could take up to three hours long to apply. When asked what he'd do when the make-up artists would put on his Pruneface make-up, Armstrong said, "I'd go to sleep." See more »

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When Dick and Tess are in the diner with The Kid, the boy finishes a glass of milk and then runs for the door. Tracy puts him back in his seat, during which time the glass has refilled itself. See more »

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Radio Announcer: Gangland enforcers broke the arms of an elderly newsdealer this afternoon when he refused to share his week's receipts with them. Stacks of newspapers were tossed in the gutter as the thugs wrecked the business and made their getaway. Lunchtime crowds were paralyzed by the suddenness of the crime. Not a hand was raised in protest.
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Featured in The Arsenio Hall Show: Episode dated 1 May 1990 (1990) See more »

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Dick Tracy
Performed by Ice-T
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Tracy, Tracy, Tracy!
24 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never attended the midnight showing of a movie before "Dick Tracy" came out.

I still have the "t-shirt ticket" I had to wear to get admitted to the showing around here somewhere and, like that shirt, "Dick Tracy" has stuck with me ever since.

If you've seen the movie, the sharp visuals, bright primary colors and strong characters have no doubt been etched into your brain. It's a wonder to behold.

As director/star/co-writer/producer, Beatty knows what works in a film and shows it here, taking a familiar American icon and re-creating him for a whole new era. Still set in the '30s, "Tracy" has a kind of timeless quality like all good films do. I've lost track of how many times I've watched "Tracy" and I still catch something new every time I do.

The others are all top notch, starting with Pacino's Big Boy Caprice (a reminder that he can do comedy with the best of them), even Madonna's Breathless Mahoney is a relevation in that under the right environment, she can act (GASP!).

But there's still such themes touched on as the necessity of family, keeping true to one's self, good versus evil, even Machiavellian themes are explored. Odd for a comic strip film, but hey, it works.

All in all, "Dick Tracy" is a classic unto itself. Compared with other films of this decade, it makes a strong statement. It's a good, strong film that doesn't depend on blood, violence, profanity or nudity to make its point.

There's a lesson to be learned here.

Ten stars. Great Scott!


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