7.5/10
85,341
204 user 53 critic

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
885 ( 547)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Mitchell Whitfield ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Constance Riley (as Pauline Meyers)
...
...
...
J.T.
Michael Simpson ...
Neckbrace
Lou Walker ...
Grits Cook
Edit

Storyline

Bill Gambini and Stanley Rothenstein are two friends from New York University who just received scholarships to UCLA. They decide to drive through the South. Once they arrive in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks. But, no sooner than they leave the store, they are arrested. They had thought that they were arrested for shoplifting, but they were arrested for murder and robbery. Worse, they are facing execution for this crime. Bill and Stan do not have enough money for a lawyer, so the good news is that Bill has a lawyer in his family, his cousin, Vincent Laguardia Gambini. The bad news is that Vinny is an inexperienced lawyer who has not been at a trial. So, Vinny has to defend his clients and battle an uncompromising judge, some tough locals, and even his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito, who just does not know when to shut up, to prove his clients' innocence. But he will soon realize that he is going to need help. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Comedy Of Trial And Error See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi primo Vinny  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$52,929,168 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Jonathan Lynn proposed Fred Gwynne for the role of the judge after seeing him in The Cotton Club (1984). See more »

Goofs

When in the diner looking at the pictures of the tire marks, etc. the shots from outside show a man in the chair to the left of the door. When she comes in though, that chair is empty. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: I want a wedding in church with bridesmaids and flowers.
Vinny Gambini: Whoa. How many times did you say that spontaneous is romantic?
Lisa: Hey, a burp is spontaneous. A burp is not romantic.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Cousin Ginny (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Second Hand Love
Written by Phil Spector & Hank Hunter
Performed by Connie Francis
Courtesy of Malaco Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
One of my favorites
30 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can watch this film over and over again. Joe Pesci plays Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, a Brooklyn lawyer who is asked to defend his cousin and friend from a murder charge in Alabama. Marisa Tomei as Mona Lisa Vito, Vinny's girlfriend, deserved the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, rare for a comedy to even be nominated for anything by AMPAS. I really liked Fred Gwynne as the no-nonsense Judge Chamberlain Haller, a great foil for Joe Pesci's laid back, easy going Brooklyn wise guy. Even his name, Chamberlain Haller, evokes seriousness. A lot of fun, especially the courtroom antics of Pesci. Highly recommended.


65 of 69 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?