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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.

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Elaine May

Writer:

Elaine May
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Mikey
John Cassavetes ... Nicky Godalin
Ned Beatty ... Kinney
Rose Arrick Rose Arrick ... Annie
Carol Grace ... Nellie
William Hickey ... Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner ... Dave Resnick
Joyce Van Patten ... Jan
M. Emmet Walsh ... Bus Driver
Sy Travers Sy Travers ... Hotel Clerk
Peter R. Scoppa ... Counter Man
Virginia Smith Virginia Smith ... Jan's Mother
Jean Shevlin ... Lady on Bus
Danny Klein Danny Klein ... Harry
Martin Wolfson ... Candy Store Man
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Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won't let him in: his moods swing. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Their sojourn - on foot and in a city bus - takes them to a bar, a club, toward a movie theater, to the cemetery where Nick's mom is buried, and to Nick's girlfriend's apartment. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who's getting information from someone is indeed looking for Nick. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Honor - and betrayal - among thugs. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogo Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The names Mikey and Nicky inspired the main character names of Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken for the film The Deer Hunter. See more »

Goofs

When Mikey and Nicky are talking on the street after the fight, the sleeve of Mikey's jacket changes between being close to and far from his tie. See more »

Quotes

Mikey: [they have just climbed over the wall of a cemetery] I'm exhausted really, Nick. This is foolish. Nick, please. It's just foolish.
Nicky: Foolish?
Mikey: Frankly, I think it's ridiculous.
Nicky: You didn't like my mother?
Mikey: I loved your mother. I thought she was a wonderful woman.
Nicky: Why is it ridiculous to visit her grave?
Mikey: Because it's one o'clock in the morning.
Nicky: That makes it nicer.
Mikey: It doesn't make it anything, Nick. A grave is a grave. There's not a religion in the world that says a person's soul is buried with them ...
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Connections

References The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Open the Door Richard
by Dusty Fletcher (as D. Fletcher), John J. Mason (as J. Mason), Jack McVea (as J. McVea) and Dan Howell [pseudonym of David Kapp] (as D. Howell)
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This movie makes me want to fight for its respect!
27 May 2011 | by Felonious-PunkSee all my reviews

People give respect to give respect to Scorsese's "Casino", to "Taxi Driver", to "Mean Streets", they give respect to "The Godfather" and a whole slew of gritty organized crime movies. But I've never heard a single mention of this movie. Thankfully, people have been coming slowly around to Cassavetes-directed movies, but seldom, if ever, have I heard anyone compliment this movie for which Cassavetes is only credited for his acting. The silence regarding this movie is ridiculous, because of how great this movie is. It's so pure, it's so rough, it makes "Mean Streets" look big budget. The director, the comic-timing pro Elaine May, is a genius to let the actors do their thing, because they are legendary actors and to get too involved would ruin the chemistry. I think it's wise to go into this movie without knowing too much except maybe the names of the two leads and the director, and that the whole production is amazing without being perfect.


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