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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

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A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Richard Condon (novel), Richard Condon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Charley Partanna
Kathleen Turner ... Irene Walker
Robert Loggia ... Eduardo Prizzi
John Randolph ... Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
William Hickey ... Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ... Dominic Prizzi
Michael Lombard Michael Lombard ... Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
Anjelica Huston ... Maerose Prizzi
George Santopietro George Santopietro ... Plumber
Lawrence Tierney ... Lt. Hanley
CCH Pounder ... Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno Ann Selepegno ... Amalia Prizzi
Vic Polizos ... Phil Vittimizzare
Dick O'Neill ... Bluestone
Sully Boyar 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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El honor de los Prizzi See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,700,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Motion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The first time Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner's characters have sex, Turner is seen on top of Nicholson naked and her right breast and nipple are clearly visible. After they tumble over together, the next shot of Turner on top shows her wearing a nude colored 'modesty' bra/bandeau. 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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5 July 2009 | by sbrizziSee all my reviews

The humor in Prizzi's Honor comes from the everyday humanity of its characters juxtaposed with the fact that the family business entails killing people, so, like in the funeral business, death is discussed (and dealt out) matter-of-factly. The screenplay sparkles throughout, character- driven and organic despite the many plot twists, with a masterful consistency of style. Its point of view is completely amoral, which maybe makes certain 21st century viewers uncomfortable.

Anjelica Huston is a force of nature in the film -- by turns defiant, vulnerable, manipulative, sexual, heartbroken, and innocently delighted. Every moment she's on screen she delivers absolute raw conviction.

The film suffers slightly from the need to condense a novel's worth of material into 2 hours, and maybe certain plot points and motivations could have been a little more developed. For example, Kathleen Turner is strong and believable, but it would have been great to see a little deeper into the darkness and contradictions of her character.

The cast of supporting characters seems to embody facets of John Huston's persona and his dry, macabre sense of humor. William Hickey's performance as the Don is a spectacle unto itself. "Have another cooooookie" LOL. John Randolph (the Jeffrey Tambor of the '80s), Lee Richardson, and Robert Loggia are all flawless.

Fascinating to see Jack Nicholson play completely against type, as a simple-minded and earnest character. He pulls it off brilliantly, although it's a bit puzzling that the Don would entrust him with running the business -- again, probably something that fell through the cracks when adapting the novel.

How weird that none of the online reviews or comments mention the time period. They obviously had a lot of fun with it -- at first it seems to be the 1920s, as Anjelica Huston mentions that as a decorator she does "Art Deco" (a term that I believe was coined well after the actual period in which it was in vogue); then Kathleen Turner tells Jack Nicholson her car is an Excalibur, which is an '80's car made to look like something from the olden days. Later they're driving a Ford van from the '60s. Anjelica at one point goes to meet an informant in full-on Alexis Carrington drag, but most of the sets and costumes are '40s film noir inspired.


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