An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Nora Ephron

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli
Rick Moranis ... Barney Coopersmith
Joan Cusack ... Hannah Stubbs
Melanie Mayron ... Crystal Rybak
Bill Irwin ... Kirby (as William Irwin)
Carol Kane ... Shaldeen
William Hickey ... Billy Sparrow
Deborah Rush ... Linda
Daniel Stern ... Will Stubbs
Jesse Bradford ... Jamie
Corey Carrier ... Tommie
Seth Jaffe ... Umberto Mello
Robert Miranda ... Lilo Mello
Ed Lauter ... Underwood
Julie Bovasso ... Vinnie's Mother
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Storyline

The mobster Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli is under the witness protection program and the FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to take Vinnie and his wife Linda to a house in the suburbs. However their wives leave Vinnie and Barney and the agent gets closer to the gangster and befriends him. Vinnie is a bon vivant and a crook and does not keep the necessary low profile. The District Attorney Hannah Stubbs arrests him but Barney releases him from jail since he needs to testify against the Mafia. Soon Barney falls in love with Stubbs, but Vinnie gets into many troubles calling the attention of two hitmen from the Mafia. The police officer Crystal Rybak protects him and they also falls in love with each other. In the end, the good-hearted Vinnie becomes a prominent personality in the suburbs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The stars of Parenthood in a comedy about an urban hood finding suburbanhood. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie was filmed in a new housing tract in Paso Robles, Ca with the majority of shopping and other scenes taking place in Paso Robles and Atascadero. See more »

Goofs

The FBI agent asking Vinnie for his social insurance number would have never happened because the Witness Protection Program would have provided him a new one. See more »

Quotes

Vincent 'Vinnie' Antonelli: I thought you were dead.
Billy Sparrow: That was the general idea.
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Alternate Versions

Warner dubbed the line "f--k you", as said by Steve Martin whilst shopping, for all PG-rated British versions, so that it became "up yours". The stronger version has, however, been shown on network TV in the UK, on Channel 5. The original obscenity was restored in the 2008 12-rated DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Final Fantasy VIII (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Srangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
Performed by The United States Marine Band
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Very Enjoyable Film, Light Hearted Fun
3 December 2002 | by NLynchSee all my reviews

My wife & I really enjoyed this film, and I was previewing it to see if it was appropriate for my kids because of the PG-13 rating. There really wasn't anything I found to justify the PG-13 rating. The only thing that came close was the description of a mob hit, talking about a 22 caliber bullet bouncing around inside the victim's head. But that is so brief it hardly bears mention. The rest of the movie is pure enjoyable fun, with Steve Martin as the mobster under the witness protection program who can't keep out of trouble, and Rick Moranis as the FBI agent assigned to baby-sit him. Great dialog, good middle-america footage, and well-played contrast between cardboard cookie-cutter track living as opposed to the big city life of New York.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Blue Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Atascadero, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,207,092, 19 August 1990

Gross USA:

$23,591,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,591,472
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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