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My Cousin Vinny -- 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.
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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 March 1992 (USA) See more »
Truth, Justice And The Gambini Way. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joe Pesci ... Vinny Gambini

Ralph Macchio ... Bill Gambini

Marisa Tomei ... Mona Lisa Vito

Mitchell Whitfield ... Stan Rothenstein

Fred Gwynne ... Judge Chamberlain Haller

Lane Smith ... Jim Trotter III

Austin Pendleton ... John Gibbons

Bruce McGill ... Sheriff Farley

Maury Chaykin ... Sam Tipton

Paulene Myers ... Constance Riley (as Pauline Meyers)

Raynor Scheine ... Ernie Crane

James Rebhorn ... George Wilbur

Chris Ellis ... J.T.
Michael Simpson ... Neckbrace

Lou Walker ... Grits Cook
Kenny Jones ... Jimmy Willis
Thomas Merdis ... Man in Town Square
J. Don Ferguson ... Guard #1

Michael Genevie ... Guard #2
Jeff Lewis ... Deputy #1
Ron Leggett ... Deputy #2
Aubrey J. Osteen ... Deputy #3
Larry Shuler ... Hotel Clerk
Suzi Bass ... Woman
Michael Burgess ... Prison Van Driver
Bill Coates ... Bailiff

Jill Jane Clements ... Courtroom Clerk
Muriel Moore ... Juror #1

Bob Penny ... Juror #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Aaron Styles ... Featured Juror (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Lynn 
Writing credits
Dale Launer (written by)

Produced by
Dale Launer .... producer
Paul Schiff .... producer
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming 
Film Editing by
Tony Lombardo 
Stephen E. Rivkin 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Victoria Paul 
Art Direction by
Michael Rizzo 
Rando Schmook 
Set Decoration by
Michael Seirton 
Costume Design by
Carol Wood 
Makeup Department
Roseanne Griffith .... assistant makeup
James Sarzotti .... makeup: Mr. Pesci's makeup by
Anthony Sorrentino .... hair: Mr. Pesci's hair by
Carmen Willis .... key makeup
Production Management
Leslie A. Leitner .... post-production supervisor (as Leslie Leitner)
Mary McLaglen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director
Jeffrey Wetzel .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bob Baker .... draper
Emilio Biasucci .... painter
Cheri Candido .... assistant props
Howard J. Clark .... swing gang
Jeff Cleary .... laborer
Michael S. Day .... property master (as Michael Day)
Ron Edwards .... sign painter
Carl Kyle F. .... carpenter (as Carl Kyle Foster)
Andrés Gutiérrez .... assistant carpenter (as Andres Gutierrez)
Betsy Holland .... buyer
Jackie Johnson .... carpenter
Tony Kupersmith .... construction coordinator
Lisa Lawes .... construction assistant
George A. Lee .... carpenter (as George Lee)
Alba Leone .... leadperson
Scott E. Lowes .... swing gang
Alisa Lumbreras .... painter
Patrick McCartin .... construction first aid
Joseph Ott .... carpenter
James F. Oñate .... lead scenic (as James Onate)
Fernando Paulete .... assistant painter
Bob Renna .... swing gang
Burges Richardson .... carpenter
Angela Riserbato .... construction foreman (as Angie Riserbato)
Julia Starr Sanford .... draftsman (as Julie Sanford)
Larry C. Shepard .... on set scenic
James T. Short .... painter
Michael P. Short .... painter
Stuart Skrien .... assistant carpenter
Lee Smith .... laborer
Terry J. Smith .... carpenter (as Terry Smith)
Wendy Smith .... art department coordinator
Brian Stultz .... scenic chargeman
Carlton W. Thompson Jr. .... swing gang
David Tupper .... laborer
James Whiting .... carpenter
Jeff Wuesthoff .... carpenter
Karen Young .... on set dresser
Tony Zupa .... carpenter
Woody Thompson .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound mixer (as Robert Anderson Jr.)
Gregg Barbanell .... foley walker
David Behle .... recordist
Odin Benitez .... sound effects coordinator
Gaston Biraben .... sound editor
C.T.W. .... sound editor
Pud Cusack .... boom operator
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound editor
Jeremy J. Gordon .... sound editor
Douglas Greenfield .... dolby consultant
Kevin Hearst .... sound editor (as Raoul)
Alfred G. Heath .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
Ken J. Johnson .... additional sound effects recording
Jack Keller .... recordist
Eric Lindemann .... sound editor (as Eric W. Lindemann)
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley walker
Frank A. Montaño .... re-recording mixer (as Frank Mantano)
Whit Norris .... cable operator
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Greg P. Russell .... re-recording mixer
Wolf Schmidt .... second assistant sound editor
Thomas W. Small .... first assistant sound editor
Mark A. Tracy .... apprentice sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Jim Bryan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... foley editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dick Cross .... special effects
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Adams .... best boy grip (as Bob Adams)
Allen Barnwell .... electrician
Peter Bennett Beal .... rigging gaffer
Leonard Bishop .... rigging grip
Lucius Bonneson .... company grip
Scott Browner .... first assistant camera
Steve Cohagan .... best boy electric
R.L. Critters .... electrician
Ben Glass .... still photographer
Kevin Hamm .... electrician
Kimman Harmon .... second assistant camera
Amy Hobby .... additional camera assistant
Darryl Humber .... company grip
Jerry Lee .... company grip
Scott Porterfield .... additional camera assistant
Michael E. Satrazemis .... rigging grip (as Michael Satrazemis)
William J. Taylor .... dolly grip
Chip Turner .... gang boss
Dudley J. Voll .... additional camera assistant (as Dudley Voll)
Rick A. West .... gaffer
Daniel Aguar .... grip (uncredited)
Scott Browner .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (uncredited)
Jeff Funderburk .... electrician (uncredited)
Jeff Funderburk .... generator operator (uncredited)
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shay Griffin .... local casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Len Hunt .... extras casting
Rachel Minster .... casting assistant
Debra Zane .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Keller .... wardrobe assistant
Daryl Kerrigan .... key costumer (as Daryl A. Kerrigan)
Ann Miller .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Sharma Bennett .... post-production assistant
Gary Burritt .... negative cutting
Tina Elfstrand .... apprentice editor
Adam C. Frank .... second assistant editor (as Adam Cameron Frank)
Christopher Kroll .... first assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Steve Schoenberg .... additional first assistant editor
Location Management
Scott Elias .... location manager
J. Bradley Smith .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... scoring mixer
François Blaignan .... scoring crew (as Francois Blaignan)
Gustavo Borner .... scoring crew
Kathy Durning .... supervising music editor
Dino Herrmann .... scoring crew (as Dino Herman)
Jill Meyers .... music clearances (as Jill Myers)
Cybele O'Brien .... assistant music editor
Joel Sill .... music consultant
Scott Stambler .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Irl Sanders .... scoring crew (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
C.P. 'Pop' Cook .... driver (as C.P. 'Pop' Cook)
Fredna Cook .... driver
Ray Cook .... transportation coordinator
Sandra Cook .... driver
Neil Edwards .... construction driver
Scott Edwards .... driver
Bob Foster .... driver
William Gillespie .... transportation captain (as Billy Gillespie)
Billy Harris .... driver
Michael Horton .... driver
Chris Johnson .... construction driver
Joel Key .... driver
Cecil Little .... driver
Fred Pope Jr. .... driver (as Fred Pope)
Martha Pruette .... driver
Ron Pruette .... driver
Ted Robinson .... construction driver
Oranz Walker .... driver
Other crew
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor
James Brandon .... magic consultant
Randi Chernov .... assistant: to Mr. Schiff
Michael Day .... third effects man
Tina Elfstrand .... set production assistant
Jon Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Chris Furia .... second assistant accountant
Nicole Furia .... production accountant
Susan Genard .... assistant: to Mr. Lynn
Julie Hartley .... production coordinator
Bryan Hudson .... animal wrangler
Doug Knoll .... legal technical advisor
Adena Lazan .... first assistant accountant
Patrick McDill .... production assistant
Elizabeth Morin .... assistant: to Mr. Pesci
Liz Schlick .... assistant coordinator
Sarah Shields .... set production assistant
L. David Silva .... set production assistant (as David Silva)
Susan Steinlauf-Pascal .... unit publicist (as Susan Steinlauf)
Linda Ann Upton .... first aid nurse
Albert B. Cooper IV .... representative: Georgia Film Commission (uncredited)
Riley Kathryn Ellis .... studio executive (uncredited)
Len Levine .... special thanks (as Leonard Levine)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #31328)
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Joe Pesci was 49, while Marisa Tomei was 27 when this movie was released.See more »
Continuity: At the end, when they're all walking out, the woman with jeans and a red sweater with a black circle on it walks out twice.See more »
Judge Chamberlain Haller:Mr. Gambini, the next words out of your mouth better be "guilty" or "not guilty." I don't want to hear commentary, argument, or opinion. I don't want to hear any facts or evidence. If I hear anything other than "guilty" or "not guilty", you'll be in contempt. I don't even want to hear you clear your throat to speak. Now, how do your clients plead?
Vinny Gambini:[intimidated, but the words go right past him] I think I get the point.
Judge Chamberlain Haller:No, I don't think you do. Now you're officially in contempt of court! Would you like to say something else and go for two counts of contempt of court?
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113 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Brooklyn lawyer Pesci tries to save the "two yutes" from frying in the electric chair. Classic!, 16 May 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

"My Cousin Vinny," along with the megahit "Goodfellas," put Pesci on the map. Of course, he's been in the Scorcese's previous hit "Raging Bull," but didn't get a hell of a lot of recognition at the time. Joe Pesci's character of Vincent LaGuardia Gambini is a landmark character in comedy history. When his New Yauker street smarts collide with Southern hospitality--brilliant fish-out-of-water humor ensues!

Of course, Pesci should've be given all the credit. Marisa Tomei, who RIGHTFULLY won the Supporting Oscar for her excellent performance (please don't believe that urban myth about Jack Palance calling out the wrong name!!), is hilarious as Pesci's fiance with a foul mouth, a smart a**, the heaviest Brooklyn accent and an incredible expertise in automobiles. This was also the movie that made Marisa a star, and a performance I commend to this day.

What can I say? This movie has some of the most priceless bits of comedy. One, of course, involves Pesci's pronunciation of the word "youth" which sounds like "yute." One underrated bit is the one where Pesci first meets his cousin's friend (Mitchell Whitfield) in the jail cell. His cousin (Ralph Macchio) is asleep and Pesci suddenly pays the friend a visit. He doesn't know Pesci is the lawyer, and assumes he's some guy who...wants to make him his b**ch. The comic dialogue in that scene is so perfectly executed and I feel it's one of the funniest in the movie. I'm not going to give away any more of the film's slick, intelligent humor--You have to see it for yourself!!!

If you're in the mood for a smart, well-written, well-acted comedy that will have you on the floor--look no further! "My Cousin Vinny" doesn't disappoint in any of those aspects. This is a truly memorable piece of comedy, and though it was released in 1992, I'm sure comedy lovers will pay homage to this movie in the present day.

My score: 8 (out of 10)

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