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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Trivia

This was film critic Pauline Kael's favorite movie in the summer of 1985. See more »

Goofs

Irene Walker's red car often has the wax on various panels. When we first see the car the left-hand door is an unusual matt color while the rest of the car is buffed to a shiny finish. You can even see swirl marks in the door at it stops. Later when we see the car again we see it from the front left. The door is clearly polished this time but the front left wing isn't. Probably an attempt to hide the crew from reflecting in the cars bodywork. 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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Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

O mio Babbino caro
(from "Gianni Schicchi")
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
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An amoral tale of macabre humor, flawlessly rendered.
28 February 2004 | by rbourgeois01See all my reviews

Prizzi's Honor enthralled me with masterful performances by Jack Nicholson as the enforcer for the Prizzi mob family; Kathleen Turner as the mysterious blonde he falls for and who turns out to be a professonal assassin; and Angelica Huston, as the daughter who struggles to regain the honor of a Prizzi and the love of her life. The paradoxical outcome of the Mafia's ethic of loyalty which leads to the killing of those we love, raised to the level of tragedy in The Godfather, here unfolds in a black tale of macabre humor, rendered with flawless timing of its unfolding twists and turns. The humor does not demean the genre of Mafia gangster films, but rather pays tribute to the legacy, replacing tragic irony with dark humor. A masterpiece without a false note or weak performance.


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