After the mob tries to kill him for an unknown reason, a comedian steals the identity of a homeless man and goes on the run.


Arthur Penn


Alan Surgal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... Mickey
Alexandra Stewart ... Jenny
Hurd Hatfield ... Castle
Franchot Tone ... Ruby Lapp
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Berson
Jeff Corey ... Fryer
Kamatari Fujiwara ... The Artist
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... The Girl
Ralph Foody Ralph Foody ... Police Captain
Norman Gottschalk Norman Gottschalk ... The Evangelist
Dick Lucas Dick Lucas ... Employment Agent
Jack Goodman Jack Goodman ... Cafeteria Manager
Jeri Jensen Jeri Jensen ... Helen
Charlene Lee Charlene Lee ... The Singer
Benny Dunn Benny Dunn ... Nightclub Comic


After incurring the wrath of the mob, a comic flees Detroit for Chicago taking the name "Mickey One" from a stolen Social Security card from a homeless bum he witnesses being beaten up and robbed. As he returns to the stage and becomes successful, he fears that the mob will track him down. He wishes to square himself with the mob, but doesn't know what he did to anger them or what his debt is. Written by <>

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Studio publicity claimed actor Kamatari Fujiwara created the large kinetic sculpture, called "Yes" in the film, but the work was actually done by Robert Fields, a industrial design student at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. The sculpture was set up on the ice rink of the Marina Towers apartment complex. See more »


At the "Pickle Club," Mickey's first stand-up job, the drummer's motions do not match what is heard. See more »


Mickey One: Murder anybody? What are you, laughing or aiming? Who says I don't have to do this for a living? I mean I heard of tough audiences, but I think this is illegal. I don't even know if I'm in season. Or couldn't you just give me a gun and show me the way to the men's room? Boy, if I'm unlucky, I've got the greatest finish in show business. I only wish I could be there. There's got to be somebody there; there's a light on. Well, this gives you an appetite... to live. Only 149 more overcoats, I'd ...
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A well-made drama
31 May 2000 | by xtonybuenoSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time in a film appreciation class and at first I was put off by its style and opaque content. But I felt compelled to seek out and purchase the laserdisc, and subsequently I enjoy it very much. Basically, Warren Beatty is a nightclub comic on the run from the mob. Along the way there is much symbolism, events which may or may not be hallucinations, and spoken words with double meanings which may or may not be significant. What makes this movie successful is that very little is 100% clear, and I am actually in the minority who believe that Mickey One's paranoia is indeed justified. An underground film which deserves its cult status, see it if you get the chance.

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English | Polish

Release Date:

27 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mickey One See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Florin, Tatira See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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