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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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Marvellee Cariaga ...
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Michael Gallup ...
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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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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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Trivia

Warren Beatty originally wanted Bob Fosse to direct, but Fosse turned him down. Martin Scorsese was also a fan of the comic strip and considered directing at one point, but he lost interest and chose to make Goodfellas (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Tracy is fighting the man in the shack, he says several lines but his lips clearly do not match the dialog. See more »

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

Connections

Spoofed in Tiny Toon Adventures: New Character Day (1991) See more »

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Pep, Vim And Verve
Written by Bill Elliott, Ned Claflin, and Andy Paley
Performed by Jeff Vincent and Andy Paley
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One of the best comic book adaptations of all time.
6 December 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I've been watching "Dick Tracy" for years, and as a result it's become a vital part of my life - it was with me throughout childhood and I used to see it quite often. Seeing it now, as an adult, it's still a very good movie - dark, satiric and incredibly misunderstood. About the only thing that can be said is the Oscar nomination Pacino received - other than that it is rarely discussed and didn't make much of a fuss when it came out.

Pacino is over-the-top but to good effect as he's clearly having loads of fun. Beatty is great as Dick Tracy and behind the camera manages to capture the atmosphere of a film noir comic book better than any other film, possibly, I have ever seen. Just taking a look at one scene from the film is breathtaking. The lighting, velvet overtones and smog/smoke combine to create a great effect.

There are some really funny cameos including one by Dustin Hoffman as "Mumbles," and I don't think there are any flaws at all in terms of acting - even the mandatory kid-character is far better than expected.

Overall, a really fine movie that has become misunderstood over the years since its release and is incredibly underrated with only 5.7/10 average on IMDb. The critics' reviews are very positive (check out RottenTomatoes.com) and after seeing the film once again it's not hard to see why - this is a perfect example of capturing the essence of a comic book, from style to eccentricity.

Highly recommended. 4.5/5 stars.


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