Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her.
Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the C.I.A., the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
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
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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