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A Fine Mess (1986)

An actor and a chef fathom a plot to fix a horse race and attempt at capitalizing it, while striving to tackle two of the hitmen responsible for the scheme.

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Blake Edwards

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Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Spence Holden
Howie Mandel ... Dennis Powell
Richard Mulligan ... Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
Stuart Margolin ... Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards ... Ellen Frankenthaler
Paul Sorvino ... Tony Pazzo
Rick Ducommun ... Wardell
Keye Luke ... Ishimine
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... TV Reporter
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Auctioneer
Tawny Moyer ... Leading Lady
Emma Walton Hamilton ... First Extra
Carrie Leigh Carrie Leigh ... Second Extra
Sharan Lea ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Two friends, an actor and a chef, discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to capitalize on it. But they must also deal with the two men who fixed the race, who are trying to silence them. Then there's the mob boss the two guys work for, who planned the fix, and whose wife is having an affair with the actor. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,620,657, 10 August 1986

Gross USA:

$6,029,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,029,824
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First of two Blake Edwards movies to feature music by Billy Vera and The Beaters. In A Fine Mess (1986), they performed "Slow Down". In the subsequent Blind Date (1987), they performed on the movie's soundtrack the tracks "Anybody Seen Her?", "Oh, What a Nite", and "Let You Get Away". See more »

Goofs

The camera crew and stage light are reflected on the Cadillac's fender as Spence and Dennis' thugs speed off from the racetrack. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Powell: Why's she called The Hummer?
Spence Holden: She can't whistle while she works so she hums.
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Connections

Referenced in Vibe: Episode dated 18 May 1998 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Movin' So Close
Written by Keith Burston, Darryl Littlejohn and Eric Douglas
Produced by Mark Davis
Executive Producer: Smokey Robinson
Performed by Second Generation
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A near miss
2 February 2019 | by pmtelefonSee all my reviews

Blake Edwards was one of a kind. He was a very funny comic writer/director with a "just miss" Hall of Fame resume. That said, his 80s movies were hit and miss. They all have a certain watchability to them but they're mostly not so hot. "A Fine Mess" has more than one laugh-out-loud moment but it's just not as funny as it should have been.


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