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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

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A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charley Partanna
... Irene Walker
... Eduardo Prizzi
... Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
... Don Corrado Prizzi
... Dominic Prizzi
Michael Lombard ... Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
... Maerose Prizzi
George Santopietro ... Plumber
... Lt. Hanley
... Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno ... Amalia Prizzi
... Phil Vittimizzare
... Bluestone
Sully Boyar ... Casco Vascone
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Storyline

Charley Partanna is a hit-man who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime syndicate families in the country. Unbeknownst to Charley,the Prizzis just hired Irene Walker, a free-lance killer, to eliminate someone who double-crossed them. When Irene and Charley fall in love their jobs become complicated. Their jobs become impossible when each is given a contract that neither can go through with. Written by Tiff Banks

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Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.

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14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El honor de los Prizzi  »

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$26,700,000
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston; and four Oscar nominees: Robert Loggia, Kathleen Turner, William Hickey, and Stanley Tucci. See more »

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When Charley and Irene are in her convertible, the shadow from the camera rig becomes visible on the road. See more »

Quotes

Eduardo Prizzi: [reading from the letter from Charley] "Dominic put out a contract on me..."
Dominic Prizzi: He's a fuckin' liar!
Eduardo Prizzi: You wanna hear the letter? Then listen, don't talk. There's about a 130 million dollars here, maybe more. We gotta renegotiate before we get it back. Just shut up and listen. Go on, sit down. Go on.
[continuing to read from the letter]
Eduardo Prizzi: "Dominic will say it's a lot of bullshit. But it so happens he hired my own wife and he gave her a down payment of 50 thousand dollars and my wife is sittin' here next...
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Referenced in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) See more »

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Overture to 'Gianni Schicchi'
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
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"The Godfather" Gone Stark Raving Mad.
1 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Prizzi's Honor" is one of those strange charmers that thrives on dark comedy and whacked situations. Mafia hit-man Jack Nicholson (Oscar-nominated) meets the super-erotic Kathleen Turner at a wedding and of course ends up dumping girlfriend Anjelica Huston (in a well-deserved Oscar-winning turn). The fact that Huston is the daughter of one of Nicholson's associates only makes the plot thicken. What Nicholson does not know is that Turner is really an assassin herself. Will he find out that his lover by night is really a hit-woman by day? And will he learn in time that the two have actually been hired to kill each other? Also along for the ride are scene-stealers Robert Loggia and William Hickey (who received an Oscar nod as the family's don). "Prizzi's Honor" was the final venture for legendary director John Huston (who was near death when he was Oscar-nominated for this). That little tidbit does not change the fact that "Prizzi's Honor" is really a strange experience that does not completely succeed. It is a movie that serves its purpose, but the ending does not justify the means used to get there. The Oscar-nominated screenplay makes itself out to be much more intelligent than it really is and ultimately Nicholson and Turner have to carry the production. Still a good movie, but over-rated and even a bit disappointing when all is said and done. 4 stars out of 5.


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