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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 Carol Grace ... Nellie
William Hickey ... Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner 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 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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In the mob you trust no one. Not even your best friend. 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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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elaine May shot over one million feet of film for the production-a two hour feature is just under 11,000 See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in the hotel room when Nicky is on the bed moving, a crew member can clearly be seen reflected in the mirror in a crouch position in the corner not moving. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Hardcore (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times Bad Times
Words and Music by John Strauss
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Wildly overpraised
7 December 2005 | by LewisJForceSee all my reviews

People are going crazy for this film here: "one of the best films ever made", "lost classic" "10 star movie", etc, etc. When I finally got hold of a disc, I was wetting myself in anticipation.

Friends, it ain't all that. It's watchable. Reasonably entertaining. Often feels like it's gonna go somewhere profound, though never does. Has lovely little moments. But it meanders, is unnecessarily technically inept (it was a major studio picture with people like the great Lucien Ballard involved) and somehow never has the courage of it's convictions. Cassavetes' similar film from the same period, 'The Killing Of a Chinese Bookie', is far better.

I don't dislike the film. It has a great 70's texture and plenty of lovable eccentricities, such as the brief musical 'score'( anyway you look at it, it doesn't work, but I sort of enjoyed it for that reason). There's one scene I really liked: Cassavetes walks into an all-night candy store (as a Brit, the concept of that alone excites me) and tries to buy ice-cream. Nothing worth really talking about happens, but it's quirky and entertaining. It's that kind of movie.


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