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My Blue Heaven (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 17 August 1990 (USA)
An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.

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The mobster Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli is under the witness protection program and the FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to take Vinnie and his wife Linda to a house in the suburbs. However their wives leave Vinnie and Barney and the agent gets closer to the gangster and befriends him. Vinnie is a bon vivant and a crook and does not keep the necessary low profile. The District Attorney Hannah Stubbs arrests him but Barney releases him from jail since he needs to testify against the Mafia. Soon Barney falls in love with Stubbs, but Vinnie gets into many troubles calling the attention of two hitmen from the Mafia. The police officer Crystal Rybak protects him and they also falls in love with each other. In the end, the good-hearted Vinnie becomes a prominent personality in the suburbs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A comedy about a government witness who gives suburbia a culture shock. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Meu Pequeno Paraíso  »

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$23,591,472 (USA)
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Trivia

Danny De Vito was offered the part of Vinnie Antonelli . See more »

Goofs

When Vincent tells Hannah his old dog's name, the audio says, "Fangool" but his mouth says something else. See more »

Quotes

Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli: [trying to blackmail Hannah] How's the turtle Mrs. Stubbs? Did your kids ever figure out you switched turtles on them because I know it would be a major disappointment for the to find out.
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Connections

Referenced in The Mentalist: My Blue Heaven (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Eddy Holland)
Performed by Billy Hill
Published by Stone Agate Music
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Humorous and quirky!
18 August 2000 | by (Jersey shore, USA) – See all my reviews

When I reviewed the movie "LA Story," I mentioned that the film had little quirks that made it unique. This movie definitely has its own quirks.

Steve Martin is known for playing dopey roles, something he has played well and demonstrated in "The Jerk," which was a classic in its own right. "My Blue Heaven" is deinfinitely a classic at best.

Steve Martin plays Vinnie Antonelli, a mob family member who is referred into the Witness Relocation Program, and must live under a new name in San Diego until his trial. When we first meet Vinnie, we see a man in a shiny suit, sunglasses, and flat top and just have to laugh at the appearance. Then, he lays on his very funny (and fake) New York accent, and we have to laugh at it. He plays a "stereotypical" New York/Italian, and we're impressed.

I found this movie to be particularly humorous. Many people (Italian and Non-Italian) know what Fongol is, and probably any Italian owning a dog (not me though) will have said it at least once to a dog.

As an Italian, I think the concept of a non-Italian playing the role is golden, and we can laugh at ourselves and see how humorous we are. The scene which made me hysterical was when his family welcomed him in the airport and he spoke Italian to his mother.

If you like Mafia movies, or Steve Martin, definitely check out this much overlooked comedy. With a Martin, as well as Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, and a great supporting cast, you will truly love this film!!! Gratcie!!!


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