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Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 15 June 1990 (USA)
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The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.


Warren Beatty


Chester Gould (based on characters created by: for the Dick Tracy comic strip distributed by Tribune Media Services, Inc.), Jim Cash | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... Dick Tracy
Charlie Korsmo ... Kid
Michael Donovan O'Donnell Michael Donovan O'Donnell ... McGillicuddy
Jim Wilkey ... Stooge
Stig Eldred ... Shoulders
Neil Summers ... The Rodent
Chuck Hicks ... The Brow
Lawrence Steven Meyers Lawrence Steven Meyers ... Little Face
William Forsythe ... Flattop
Ed O'Ross ... Itchy
Glenne Headly ... Tess Trueheart
Marvellee Cariaga Marvellee Cariaga ... Soprano (as Marvelee Cariaga)
Michael Gallup Michael Gallup ... Baritone
Seymour Cassel ... Sam Catchem
James Keane ... Pat Patton


All Tess Trueheart wants is to settle down to a quiet life with her boyfriend, detective Dick Tracy. But there's something pretty rotten going on in town, with someone pretty rotten behind it, and Tracy has his hands full with the likes of villain Big Boy Caprice and with the almost irresistible Breathless Mahoney. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Their turf. Their game. Their rules. They didn't count on HIS law... See more »


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Release Date:

15 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дик Трэйси See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,543,911, 17 June 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,738,726, 31 December 1991
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the film's "boss" villains debuted in Chester Gould's comic strip in the 1930s (such as Big Boy, Lips Manlis, Johnny Ramm, Spud Spaldoni, and Texie Garcia). Most of the film's more grotesque "hired hitman" villains debuted in the 1940s or later (such as Flattop, Itchy, the Brow, and Shoulders). See more »


The credits, in order of appearance, show Pruneface then Mumbles; Mumbles first appeared long before Pruneface did. See more »


[first lines]
Radio Announcer: Gangland enforcers broke the arms of an elderly newsdealer this afternoon when he refused to share his week's receipts with them. Stacks of newspapers were tossed in the gutter as the thugs wrecked the business and made their getaway. Lunchtime crowds were paralyzed by the suddenness of the crime. Not a hand was raised in protest.
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Touchstone logo appears in black and white in the opening credits. See more »


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Blue Nights
Written by Andy Paley, Jeff Lass and Jonathan Paley
Performed by Tommy Page
Courtesy of Sire Records
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Colorful and glimmer adaptation based on famous comic strips created by Chester Gould
30 May 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Warren Beatty successfully bringing the comic strip to life , the renowned police detective Dick Tracy who this time tries to solve a case involving Big Boy , the public enemy nº 1 . Beatty wears the caps on all fronts , as he is actor , writer , producer and filmmaker , incarnating the legendary police detective Dick Tracy from Chester Gould's comics and his relentless crusade against crime . However his Tracy is somewhat flat in comparison other comic book heroes . Dick Tracy is the only man tough enough to take on ranting mobster boss Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) and his band of menacing mobsters (William Forsythe and Dustin Hoffman who made a small character as Mumbles as a favor for Warren Beatty) . Big Boy and his gang set out a wave of crime that bring them face to face with dapper Tracy . Dedicated to his work but at the same time devoted to his loyal sweetheart (Glenne Headly ), Tracy find himself torn between love and duty . Tracy becomes even more difficult when he gets saddled with an engaging orphan (Charlie Korsmo) . The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when a singing siren named Mahoney (a seductive Madonna) makes advances towards him while he is attempting to fight Big Boy Caprice's united mob . Later on , Tracy tries to find his kidnapped girlfriend while Big Boy is on the loose .

This comic strip spring to life similarly the original drawings and being faithfully recreated , though sometimes looks like an extended stage musical . The bad guys all have overblown features and they and the cops , journalists all wear different coloured coats to correspond to the drawings in the original comic strips created by Chester Gould . The timeless and imaginative settings capture the essence rather than reality of the city . There's so much music in the movie mostly from Mandy Patinkin and especially Madonna as the singer Breathless Mahoney doing her best screen acting to date . Good though excessive performances from Al Pacino who is perfectly cast as the gangster Big Boy looking like a caricaturist impression of a cartoon and splendid Dustin Hoffman as his hoodlum named Mumbles . The make-up used for all of the villains was based directly on how they were drawn by Chester Gould in the original comic strip , the only exception was Big Boy Caprice, whose make-up was designed by Al Pacino himself. People expecting Gothic scenarios and spectacular action of Batman may be disappointed , but moviegoers will be thrilled . Colorful and stylistically superior cinematography by the Italian Vittorio Storaro , shot in a few colors , the main colors in the film are only six that the original comic strip appeared in: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, plus black and white . Jolly and amusing musical score by Danny Elffman .

Other films about this classic comic book character are the followings : ¨Dick Tracy¨ (1947) 15 chapters starred by Ralph Byrd and directed by John English and Ray Taylor ; ¨Dick Tracy Detective¨ (1945) the first feature movie directed by William Berke with Morgan Conway and Jane Greer ; ¨Tracy returns¨ 15 chapter serial directed by William Witney with Ralph Byrd ; ¨Tracy meets gruesome ¨(1947) with Ralph Byrd and Boris Karloff ; ¨Tracy vs Crime Inc¨; ¨Tracy vs Cueball¨(1946) by Gordon Douglas with Morgan Conway and Anne Jeffreys ; ¨Tracy's dilemma¨ by John Rawlins with Ralph Byrd and Jack Lambert , among others .

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