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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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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:

Dik Trejsi  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)


$103,738,726 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Make-up designers John Caglione Jr. and Doug Drexler said they often had trouble keeping the Boy Boy Caprice make-up on actor Al Pacino. Caglione told Entertainment Weekly that their biggest scare came when Drexler discovered Al Pacino, in full make-up, was eating a big bowl of spaghetti that could have potentially disfigured his make-up. After that incident, several production assistants were designated as MPs, or "Make-up Police", to follow the actors around and to keep them out of pasta when in full make-up. 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 »


[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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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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Pure Dick Tracy Nostalgia
13 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this true to form take on the Dick Tracy persona. This is a well done product that used modern technology to craft a imagery filled comic era story. If you are a fan of or recently watched some of the old Dick Tracy b&w movies then you're sure to get a kick out of this rendition. The pastel colors and larger than life characters rendered in a painstakingly authentic take on an era gone by is entertainment as it's meant to be. I personally find Madonna's musical element to be a major part of this film-the CD featuring her music from this movie is one I've listened to often over the years, it's just so well done and performed musically and tuned to that era. In my mind, Madonna's finest moment both on-screen but especially musically. This is sure to bring out the "kid" in you.

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