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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Lawrence Steven Meyers ...
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Marvellee Cariaga ...
Soprano (as Marvelee Cariaga)
Michael Gallup ...
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Storyline

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


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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was originally conceived in the early 1980s by United Artists and was to be written by Tom Mankiewicz, who had the movie's only villain, The Blank, with Flattop Jones as the supporting villain in a side-plot. Mankiewicz's idea for the start of the movie was to have a beaten-up cop who was on his death bed having a police artist show his drawing of the killer without a face yet drawn. The beaten-up cop says, "That's him!" and dies. Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould loved the idea and wanted him to do the script, but due to Gould's demands on the picture that no one could meet, the project was shelved. After Gould's death, the demands weren't as drastic from his family members and the project was in development again. After some new attempts with other studios and directors, Warren Beatty purchased the rights and brought the project to Disney and an earlier draft written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. was rewritten by Bo Goldman which became the final script. See more »

Goofs

When Dick Tracy jumps out of a window and slides down the lamp post, the stunt man, playing him, bangs his head on the curve of the pole towards the top. See more »

Quotes

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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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Referenced in James & Mike Mondays: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (2013) See more »

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Die Schlumpf
(Opera Sequence)
Composed and Conducted by Thomas Pasatieri
Performed by Marvellee Cariaga and Michael Gallup
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All those colors
11 August 2001 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

If Dick Tracy was in black and white, the pope wouldn't be religious. Giving a new sense to the concept of color in a movie, we are offered an unique experience throughout a comic-strip world, and it's one of the few movies which succeeded in doing so, thanks to a serious script, good direction, great performances (Al Pacino is astonishing) and most importantly a powerful mix of cinematography, art direction and costume design. Using only primary colors, the experience is quite different from anything we have seen before. And there is also a quite successful hommage to all the gangster-movie genre, pratically extinct from modern cinema. Overall, I see this movie as a fresh attempt and a touch of originality to a cinema which relies more and more on the old and already-seen formulas. 7 out of 10.


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