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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

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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>

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Dealing with the mob is always a gamble. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Coisas Mudam See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Tahoe, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,527,886
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Robert Prosky, who portrays Joseph 'Don Giuseppe' Vincent, originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' stage play, shortly before Prosky began working on the television series 'Hill Street Blues' (1981-1987). 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: I give my word.
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Connections

Referenced in I Was a Teenage Faust (2002) See more »

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Fun stuff from Mamet, Mantegna, and Ameche.
1 April 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Things Changes" is a light-hearted look at what happens to an old Italian shoe shiner (Ameche) who's a naive patsy for the mob when a mafia flunky (Mantegna) takes them two of them to Tahoe for a last blast. This Mamet film has a lot of pluses not the least of which is Mantegna and Ameche together in one of Ameche's last films. The story is a cute comedy with a kind of sentimental "feel" to it. The kind of movie that's hard not to like.


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