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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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Taglines:

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 »

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

Liza Minnelli was originally offered the role of Maerose, but turned it down. 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

Charley Partanna: [On the telephone] Pop? Charley. I'm in L.A., and that ain't all. I'm gonna get married.
Angelo 'Pop' Partanna: Ah, the same woman, the contractor?
Charley Partanna: Yeah. She's Polish, but the family will get used to that gradually.
Angelo 'Pop' Partanna: Yeah, every time she walks in a room, all the rest of the women in the family are gonna have to shut up. But I know how you feel about it, Charley. I won't try to stop nature. Good luck, son.
Charley Partanna: Thanks, pop.
Angelo 'Pop' Partanna: Say listen, the Don wants you here for a big meeting tomorrow night.
Charley Partanna: Jesus, Pop, what about my ...
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Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

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Overture to 'La Gazza ladra'
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"The Godfather" Gone Stark Raving Mad.
1 November 2003 | by tfrizzellSee 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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