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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A comedy about a government witness who gives suburbia a culture shock. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The hotel at which Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis) and Hanna Stubbs (Joan Cusack) attend a convention for law enforcement officials is the famed Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. See more »

Goofs

(Possibly deliberate errors by film makers): The FBI would not send Vinnie to live in a town/city where there are other mobsters in the Witness Protection Program. Vinnie's reunion and subsequent crime spree with his old pals would be the very reason why they would avoid placing in a city with other mobsters. See more »

Quotes

Hannah Stubbs: Will... . I don't think you should just walk in here like you still live here.
Will Stubbs: What? Am I supposed to, ring the doorbell in front of my own house?
Hannah Stubbs: This is not your house anymore.
Will Stubbs: Well, I mean, I live here. It's still my house.
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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 Eldorado: Episode #1.109 (1993) 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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under-rated
3 May 1999 | by dave-346See all my reviews

In my opinion Steve Martin's most under-rated film, in which he plays an Italian gangster put on a witness protection programme as he awaits to go to court. Martin was born to play this part, and his character's cocky swagger had me laughing every time he appeared! Rick Moranis also stars, and is his usual nerdy self, which is funny enough!


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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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