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Cookie (1989)

Paroled labor racketeer "Dapper" Dino is sought after by a "politically ambitious" prosecutor schemes to put him back in jail and a deceitful partner sizes him up for concrete shoes.


Susan Seidelman




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Dominick Capisco
Dianne Wiest ... Lenore
Emily Lloyd ... Carmela 'Cookie' Voltecki
Michael V. Gazzo ... Carmine
Brenda Vaccaro ... Bunny
Adrian Pasdar ... Vito
Lionel Stander ... Enzo Della Testa
Jerry Lewis ... Arnold Ross
Bob Gunton ... Richie Segretto
Ben Rayson Ben Rayson ... Henry Solomon
Ricki Lake ... Pia
Joe Mantello ... Dominick
Thomas Quinn Thomas Quinn ... Vinnie
David Wohl ... Alvin Diamond
Joy Behar ... Dottie


Paroled labor racketeer "Dapper" Dino is sought after by a "politically ambitious" prosecutor schemes to put him back in jail and a deceitful partner sizes him up for concrete shoes.

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Comedy | Crime


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Did You Know?


When Cookie flops on her bed and opens a comic book, it is Gumby 3-D No. 4 issued in June 1987 with a cover price of $2.50. See more »


Although given correctly in the opening credits, Brenda Vaccaro's surname turns into "Vacarro" in the closing credit cast list. See more »


Carmela 'Cookie' Voltecki: This place smells like a bordello.
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Major sections of the closing credits are each headed by graphic icons for the respective departments. See more »


Vesti la giubba
(from opera "Pagliacci")
Performed by Mario Del Monaco
Composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo (uncredited)
Courtesy of London Records
(A Division of PylyGram Classics, Inc.)
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In the spirit of Desperately Seeking Susan...
3 March 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

One viewer wrote that this is kind of movie you should try for lazy Saturday afternoon viewing. I agree. Cookie is no grand royal of fans, but rather a fun little film that works in the spirit of Desperately Seeking Susan, which is no surprise that the film is directed by the same person, Susan Sneidman. Emily Lloyd has to goofy, hip kind of attitude that Madonna did as "Susan." She, mixed with the stuffy business-minded mafia family makes for a fun time.

I was drawn to this film as a Peter Falk fan. He is Dino Capisco, a mob boss released from prison. His estranged daughter is Cookie is sent to work for him. He needs to get some money back from an associate before making a break from the mafia life. However, his associate went and sold off his shares and basically says, live with it. But not Dino. And not Cookie, neither.

Diana Wiest plays Cookie's absolutely wacky mother and Dino's girlfriend who's waiting to get married to Dino when he does make his break from the mob. Jerry Lewis has a small part as a rival associate. And to my surprise, the movie also stars a very young Adrian Pasdar, which current viewers of Judging Amy will recognize as the D.A. and Amy Gray's love interest. He's a hubba hubba.

For you eighties fans out there, this movie is probably right up your alley. It's good times!

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Release Date:

23 August 1989 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$292,483, 27 August 1989

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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