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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

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Elaine May

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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The top-billed movie at the cinema, "Time of the Iron Hand", is probably an unofficial alternative title for Fist Of Fury. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene a cameraman can clearly be seen reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Boy
by George M. Cohan
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Good acting, let down by poor pacing.
14 July 2019 | by a1_andy_11See all my reviews

Cassavetes and Falk are excellent in this film. Unfortunately the film is let down by poor pacing, and poor production.

Each scene is drawn out just that little bit too long. By the time we hit the 2nd act I was finding it hard to keep focused. It felt like the director was trying to string out a short into a feature. It's a pity because both leads gave excellent performances'. Cassavetes's character was getting incredibly annoying. I was rooting for him to get whacked after 45 minutes.

I don't using complain about production value of 70's films. It was a LOT tougher back then. Mickey & Nicky had a sizeable budget though, and it looked terrible.

There are much better Cassavetes films, such as "Gloria" & "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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