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Things Change (1988)

Shoe-shiner Gino is hired to take the rap for a mafia murder. Two-bit gangster Jerry watches over Gino and gives him a weekend to remember.

Director:

David Mamet
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Gino
Joe Mantegna ... Jerry
Robert Prosky ... Joseph 'Don Giuseppe' Vincent
J.J. Johnston ... Frankie
Ricky Jay ... Mr. Silver
Mike Nussbaum ... Mr. Green
Jack Wallace ... Repair Shop Owner
Dan Conway ... Butler
Willo Hausman Willo Hausman ... Miss Bates (as Willo Varsi Hausman)
Gail Silver ... Housemaid
Len Hodera Len Hodera ... Ramone
Josh Conescu Josh Conescu ... Bellenza
Adam Bitterman ... Marcotti
Jack Merrill ... No Pair (as Merrill Holtzman)
William Novelli William Novelli ... Willie
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Storyline

Gino, an Italian-American shoe-shiner with a remarkable similarity to a certain mafia don, is paid to take the rap for a murder. Jerry, a two-bit gangster on probation, is given a chance for redemption by guarding Gino for the weekend. But instead of sitting around a dingy hotel room, Jerry decides to give Gino a weekend to remember, taking him to Lake Tahoe. Jerry's bragging to his friends of his important charge, as well as Gino's dignified, quiet demeanor, soon result in much complication for them both. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Butch & Sundance... Bonnie & Clyde... Gino & Jerry??? Two of the world's great criminal minds they're not. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor William H. Macy, who portrayed Billy, was billed as just "W.H. Macy". See more »

Goofs

The characters are staying at the former Horizon Hotel/Casino in Stateline, Nevada. However, the various scenes of when they are being driven in the limousine are not "linear" (to or from their final destination) and really just show highway scenes from all around Lake Tahoe, including parts of California. See more »

Quotes

Gino: Amico mio, do mi cuore
[My friend, I give my heart]
Joseph 'Don Giuseppe' Vincent: I haven't heard that in 35 years!
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Connections

Referenced in Boy Meets World: Things Change (1998) See more »

User Reviews

 
Great Movie
16 August 2006 | by luisfamSee all my reviews

Don Ameche plays a wonderful portrayal of an Italian Shoe repair man thrown into a world of mobsters. Somehow this has very little effect on his spirit or mood, and at the same time driving his caretaker(Joe Mantegna)absolutely insane. By the end of it's whirlwind tour you realize that the old man is very wise in taking it all in stride.It's especially good if you are a fan of Mafia movies like The Godfather and such because it shows a lot of really typical mob types to keep you interested.

This movie is a very laid back comedy that would entertain people from many different walks of life. I just told someone the other day that it's the best movie I know of that no one has heard of. If you get a chance see it!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Things Change See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Tahoe, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$600,809, 23 October 1988

Gross USA:

$3,527,886

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,527,886
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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