An English auctioneer proposes to the daughter of a mafia kingpin, only to realize that certain "favors" would be asked of him.

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Cast

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Vito Graziosi
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Philip Cromwell
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FBI Agent Bob Connell
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Carol the Photographer
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Ritchie Vitale
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Al
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Sante
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FBI Agent Lewis
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Johnny Graziosi
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Helen, Michael's Assistant
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Storyline

An art-house auctioneer finds himself getting in deeper and deeper with the mob after learning that his teacher girlfriend is the daughter of a major mobster. Things get worse when a godfather decides to launder his no-talent son's gory paintings through the art house and gets the FBI into the picture. Everything then falls apart when the son is accidentally shot. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A romantic comedy you can't refuse. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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20 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£977,227 (UK) (20 August 1999)

Gross:

SGD 457,309 (Singapore) (26 November 1999)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Pastore showed up late one day. When costar James Caan angrily asked why, Pastore replied that the other film he was shooting that day ran late. When Caan realized Pastore was doing two films at the same time, he backed off. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, during the wedding scene, an FBI agents' earphone is shown on the left side of his head, and in the next shot with him it's shown on the right side of his head. See more »

Quotes

Michael Felgate: Well at least tell me what his restaurant is called, then I can sneak in, in a beard or something.
Gina Vitale: It's called The La Trattoria.
Michael Felgate: You mean La Trattoria.
Gina Vitale: No.
Michael Felgate: The La Trattoria means The The Trattoria.
Gina Vitale: I know.
Michael Felgate: Interesting. Look I have to go to the La Bathroom, and I'll be back in a sec.
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Crazy Credits

As the movie ends, "THE THE END" is displayed on the screen. This refers to Frank's restaurant, The La Trattoria, which translates to The The Trattoria. See more »

Connections

References Jeeves and Wooster (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeeves and Wooster
Written by Anne Dudley
Performed by Anne Dudley and the Dover Street Jazzomaniacs
Courtesy of Granada Television Productions Ltd.
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Good movie, rating seems a bit low to me.
11 October 2002 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

This is a comedy all the way, and one of the funnier "gangster" comedies I've seen, in tone reminds me a lot of "Analyze This." Hugh Grant is the boyfriend and Jeanne Tripplehorn is his girl, but she refuses when he proposes because her father is a mobster (James Caan, in a perfect role) and she knows they would suck in her innocent auctioneer. The writing is refreshingly good and Grant's delivery makes it go. Here I disagree strongly with critic Ebert who thinks Grant was not right for the role.

My favorite scene, I laughed so hard I had to back it up and watch again, Grant has to pretend in a restaurant that he is "Mickey Blue Eyes" from a Kansas City gang, and his poor imitation of NYC gangster talk is hilarious. This film has no lasting value but is very entertaining, enough so that I think it deserves an "8". I saw it on DVD, nothing remarkable about the presentation, but nothing wrong either.


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