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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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Taglines:

A comedy about two guys who take the mob for a ride. 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

After they leave the airport, Jerry and Gino stop to talk with Billy Drake. Then Gino stays in front of the others, holding the overcoats, with Billy on his left-hand side and Jerry on his right. In the next shot Billy appears holding the overcoats and leading Gino with his right hand to the car. For this to be possible it would be necessary that them both had changed their places. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Just when things were going so well...
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Great Entertainment
11 January 2001 | by Joyce HauchartSee all my reviews

I loved this picture. Mantegna and Ameche are so opposite and I really can't share the view of other people that Ameche is performing a "Being There." Ameche is much smarter, he realizes from the start something is wrong. First he declines the offer but he knows perfectly well these people will shoot him (remember the scene with the smoking lady). Then, the movie starts, and he's in charge, and he keeps in charge, he accepts a luncheon with a Don in LA., he finds money to get back to Chicago, he uses his coin to call the Las Vegas mob.

Nice, entertaining, two and a half stars. I laughed quite a bit. Must be my Italian roots.


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