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A Fine Mess (1986)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Spence Holden
... Dennis Powell
... Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
... Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
... Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards ... Ellen Frankenthaler
... Tony Pazzo
... Wardell
... Ishimine
Ed Herlihy ... TV Reporter
Walter Charles ... Auctioneer
... Leading Lady
... First Extra
Carrie Leigh ... Second Extra
... Young Girl
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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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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$6,029,824
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Fourth and final of four collaborations of director Blake Edwards and actor-comedian Richard Mulligan. The films, all made and released during the 1980s, include S.O.B. (1981), A Fine Mess (1986), Micki + Maude (1984) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). See more »

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After Dennis gets into the car Spence takes from the race track, a patrol car comes by. Spence grows nervous and backs out of his parking space before Dennis can exit the car. As Spence backs out and then switches to drive, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the ground. See more »

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Phil: Your brother could con a leopard out of its stripes.
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Referenced in Money Talks (1997) See more »

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I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday
Written by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew), Roy Hayes & Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Produced and Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash/Warner Bros. Records
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A big guilty pleasure
9 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

"A Fine Mess" is a sloppy comedy from Blake Edwards, director of "Micki + Maude", "Victor/Victoria", "10", and the "Pink Panther" films. I first saw "A Fine Mess" at the theater with my best friend when it first came out. I was only 15 years old at the time, and we laughed our heads off. You would think that today I would find this film to be incredibly stupid. Well, I just watched it again recently, and I still laughed at this movie. That makes "A Fine Mess" a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It's about Ted Danson and Howie Mandel getting mixed up in a fixed horse race, and spend parts of the movie running from two clumsy gangsters (Richard Mulligan and Stuart Margolin) who are responsible for creating this fixed horse race on orders from their mob boss (Paul Sorvino). In the midst of this fine mess they fall in love with beauties Maria Conchita Alonso and Jennifer Edwards (Blake's daughter). This movie was no doubt an embarrassment to Edwards, Danson, Mandel, Sorvino, and especially Mulligan and Margolin. They all make total fools of themselves. But I laughed anyway. It's notable for an appearence by a pre-"NYPD Blue" Dennis Franz and a bit part by a pre-"Babe" James Cromwell. But one thing I'll always remember about "A Fine Mess" is film critic Rex Reed's thrashing of the movie on the movie review show "At the Movies" when he and co-host Bill Harris (taking over for Siskel and Ebert) were reviewing their choices for the worst movies of 1986. Reed started saying quote "Well at least part of the title is accurate. "A Fine Mess". Well it's worse than a mess. It was an all out disaster, and there's nothing fine about it." It was quite obvious that Reed gave "A Fine Mess" no stars. But I give it three stars. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it. This movie does make me laugh. If you decide to watch this, remember to check your brain at the door.

*** (out of four)


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