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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Donovan O'Donnell ...
The Rodent
The Brow
Lawrence Steven Meyers ...
Little Face
Marvellee Cariaga ...
Soprano (as Marvelee Cariaga)
Michael Gallup ...


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Their turf. Their game. Their rules. They didn't count on HIS law... See more »


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Release Date:

15 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Дик Трэйси  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,543,911, 17 June 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,738,726, 31 December 1991
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Macaulay Culkin was considered for the role of The Kid, but turned it down, as he preferred to do Home Alone (1990) over this film. Catherine O'Hara, who played Culkin's mother in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) has a cameo as Texie Garcia. See more »


The yellow 1940 Hudson. All other vehicles are mid-30s. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

Touchstone logo appears in black and white in the opening credits. See more »


Looking Glass Sea
Written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell
Performed by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of Erasure
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell courtesy of Mute Records
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Incredible Colors, Incredible Cast
21 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is amazing-looking movie with the whole thing done in just six or seven colors. When it came out over 15 years ago, it stunned audiences with its color scheme, being so different from anything else that had ever been put on film. Those colors, for me at least, make this an absolutely fascinating film to watch. There are literally thousands of scenes I wish could freeze and somehow convert them to a painting to study for their artwork.

The characters and the story don't match up to the greatness of the photography, but they are all over-the-top, especially the villains. The famous actors who played them here must have a had a lot of fun on the set playing "Flatop," "Pruneface," "Lips," "Mumbles," etc.

Meanwhile, Warren Beatty and Gleanne Hedley are good as Dick Tracey and girlfriend Tess Truehart, and she's as sweet and soft as her name. Another good addition is Charlie Korsmo as the delinquent young boy Dick and Tess take under their wing. The colorful other characters are played by Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, William Forysthe, Paul Sorvino, Mandy Patinkin, Madona and other names you know but are too numerous to list here. Check the full credits on the main page and you'll amazed.

The only negatives I found were Pacino's voice which grates on you after awhile, Madonna's off-key singing voice and the fact that the film would have been better trimmed about 10 minutes. Those "faults" are all minor because overall, this is a fun movie....a cartoon strip coming to life in an incredibly-colorful fashion.....like nothing you have ever seen.

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