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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Neil Summers ...
The Rodent
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Lawrence Steven Meyers ...
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Marvellee Cariaga ...
Soprano (as Marvelee Cariaga)
Michael Gallup ...
Baritone
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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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Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$103,738,726 (USA)
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Trivia

Twenty One villains from the Chester Gould comic strip appear in the movie:
  • "Stooge" Viller


  • Shoulders


  • William "The Rodent" Wilson (originally Rhodent)


  • The Brow


  • "Littleface" Finny


  • "Flattop" Jones


  • Jake "Itchy" Rossi (originally Itchell Oliver)


  • Patricia "Breathless" Mahoney


  • 88 Keys (originally Keyes)


  • "Lips" Manlis (originally Manlus)


  • Steve "the Tramp" Brogan


  • Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice


  • Lorenzo "Pruneface" Prunesti


  • Mumbles


  • Texie Garcia


  • Influence (originally The Influence)


  • Ribs Mocca (originally Mocco)


  • Ben "Spud" Spaldoni


  • Johnny Ramm


  • The Blank


  • DeSanto


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Goofs

When Big Boy Caprice has all the mob bosses together, Itchy stands behind him. In a close-up, Itchy scratches his neck with his right hand. But then it cuts back to Big Boy and Itchy has his right hand at his side. 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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Version of The Dick Tracy Show (1961) See more »

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What Can You Lose
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Madonna and Mandy Patinkin
Arranged by Shirley Walker
Courtesy of Sire Records
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It Does Make an Impression.
3 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An all-star cast, vivid colors that could give you a headache and Madonna's sizzling performance made many think that "Dick Tracy" is much better than it actually is. It is one of those typical quantity over quality projects that uses smoke and mirrors to make the audience think that it is something unique and intriguing. However, the film is little more than a comic strip that jumps up at you ala the "Superman" or "Batman" group of films. Warren Beatty's performance and in-your-face direction are not totally successful. The seemingly endless name of cast members also becomes dizzying. Al Pacino (Oscar-nominated) steals every scene and pulls a Jack Nicholson from "Batman" out of his hat. "Dick Tracy" is a good film, but it is far from being a masterpiece. 4 stars out of 5.


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