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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:

Butch & Sundance... Bonnie & Clyde... Gino & Jerry??? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The location scouting to find the mansion of mob boss Joseph Vincent (Robert Prosky) proved problematic. Associate producer Ned Dowd said: "We had looked at what we thought was every possible mansion, but hadn't found the right place until the very last day. A real estate agent showed me the Ehrman mansion. I took one look at it, and though the ground was covered with snow, I ran to the phone knowing we'd finally found it." 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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Mamet's playwriting skills lift up the film
11 August 2005 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Mamet is intrinsically the classical playwright. Things may change in life but the classical playwright begins the story with a shoe shine setting up his corner in the cobbler's shop and ends the story with a shoe shine. Even the mid-point of the film, when the 3 day dream is about to end, there is the short lecture on how to shine shoes.

Though all the actors provide commendable performances, the flow of the story is absorbing. There is a layer of human values and honesty that permeates the world of murders and mafia thugs. Mamet is able to use such contradictions to great effect--threats stated with considerable politeness, women who are apparently in charge (the woman overseeing the arrangements for the meal at the house, the mafia wife/moll in blue) and yet play no significant role, teasing the viewer as it were, use of hats and newspapers to cover faces that seem ridiculous as the story unfolds..

The epilogue makes you wonder if things do change. Change for one may not be change for another. Change for one may come in economic terms, for another in friendship.

Early Mamet's work seems to neglect women characters. I wonder why this is so evident.


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