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 irresistible Breathless Mahoney. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

15 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Дик Трэйси  »

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$47,000,000 (estimated)


$103,738,726 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


In the final major shootout, Dick Tracy and the other cops obviously fires more rounds than is available from a standard drum (they do not reload on-screen). 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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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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