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Dick Tracy (1990)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  15 June 1990 (USA)
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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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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 irresistable Breathless Mahoney. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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15 June 1990 (USA)  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)


$103,738,726 (USA)

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Most of the film's "boss" villains debuted in Chester Gould's comic strip in the 1930s (such as Big Boy, Lips Manlis, Johnny Ramm, Spud Spaldoni, and Texie Garcia). Most of the film's more grotesque "hired hit-man" villains debuted in the 1940s or later (such as Flattop, Itchy, the Brow, and Shoulders). See more »


When Big Boy and Flattop enters the vault, the latter says "It's Tracy's dame". His lips do not move when this line is spoken. See more »


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One of the best comic book adaptations of all time.
6 December 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I've been watching "Dick Tracy" for years, and as a result it's become a vital part of my life - it was with me throughout childhood and I used to see it quite often. Seeing it now, as an adult, it's still a very good movie - dark, satiric and incredibly misunderstood. About the only thing that can be said is the Oscar nomination Pacino received - other than that it is rarely discussed and didn't make much of a fuss when it came out.

Pacino is over-the-top but to good effect as he's clearly having loads of fun. Beatty is great as Dick Tracy and behind the camera manages to capture the atmosphere of a film noir comic book better than any other film, possibly, I have ever seen. Just taking a look at one scene from the film is breathtaking. The lighting, velvet overtones and smog/smoke combine to create a great effect.

There are some really funny cameos including one by Dustin Hoffman as "Mumbles," and I don't think there are any flaws at all in terms of acting - even the mandatory kid-character is far better than expected.

Overall, a really fine movie that has become misunderstood over the years since its release and is incredibly underrated with only 5.7/10 average on IMDb. The critics' reviews are very positive (check out RottenTomatoes.com) and after seeing the film once again it's not hard to see why - this is a perfect example of capturing the essence of a comic book, from style to eccentricity.

Highly recommended. 4.5/5 stars.

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