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My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vinny Gambini
... Bill Gambini
... Mona Lisa Vito
... Stan Rothenstein
... Judge Chamberlain Haller
... Jim Trotter III
... John Gibbons
... Sheriff Farley
... Sam Tipton
... Constance Riley (as Pauline Meyers)
... Ernie Crane
... George Wilbur
... J.T.
Michael Simpson ... Neckbrace
... Grits Cook
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Bill Gambini and Stanley Rothenstein are two friends from New York University who just received scholarships to UCLA. They decide to drive through the South. Once they arrive in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks. But, no sooner than they leave the store, they are arrested. They had thought that they were arrested for shoplifting, but they were arrested for murder and robbery. Worse, they are facing execution for this crime. Bill and Stan do not have enough money for a lawyer, so the good news is that Bill has a lawyer in his family, his cousin, Vincent Laguardia Gambini. The bad news is that Vinny is an inexperienced lawyer who has not been at a trial. So, Vinny has to defend his clients and battle an uncompromising judge, some tough locals, and even his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito, who just does not know when to shut up, to prove his clients' innocence. But he will soon realize that he is going to need help. Written by John Wiggins

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lawyer | trial | alabama | murder | jail | See All (52) »

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Truth, Justice And The Gambini Way. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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13 March 1992 (USA)  »

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Mi primo Vinny  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,416,751, 15 March 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,929,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,088,552
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On the Dan Le Batard radio show, actor Jim Belushi admitted he regretted that he turned down the title role in this film. See more »

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FBI Agent George Wilbur acknowledges the fact that the car when it fled the convenience store, left a residue of rubber on the asphalt. Although he took a sample of that rubber & compared it to a sample of rubber from the defendants' car & they both ended up matching and/or being I-DENTICAL, wouldn't it have helped to prove that it wasn't the defendants' car that lost the residue of rubber by bringing it to a car garage, have the car put onto a hydraulic lift, take off all 4 tires & analyze them & notice that neither tire on the defendants' car are missing a single residue of rubber & therefore help prove that it's not the car that is responsible for the assailants' getaway after committing the murder? See more »

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Stan: You're fired!
[to his public defender attorney after seeing Vinny demolish the first witness]
Stan: [Stands and points to Vinny] I want HIM!
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Referenced in Franklin & Bash: She Came Upstairs to Kill Me (2011) See more »

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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett (as Daniel Emmett)
Whistled by Joe Pesci
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Brooklyn lawyer Pesci tries to save the "two yutes" from frying in the electric chair. Classic!
16 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

"My Cousin Vinny," along with the megahit "Goodfellas," put Pesci on the map. Of course, he's been in the Scorcese's previous hit "Raging Bull," but didn't get a hell of a lot of recognition at the time. Joe Pesci's character of Vincent LaGuardia Gambini is a landmark character in comedy history. When his New Yauker street smarts collide with Southern hospitality--brilliant fish-out-of-water humor ensues!

Of course, Pesci should've be given all the credit. Marisa Tomei, who RIGHTFULLY won the Supporting Oscar for her excellent performance (please don't believe that urban myth about Jack Palance calling out the wrong name!!), is hilarious as Pesci's fiance with a foul mouth, a smart a**, the heaviest Brooklyn accent and an incredible expertise in automobiles. This was also the movie that made Marisa a star, and a performance I commend to this day.

What can I say? This movie has some of the most priceless bits of comedy. One, of course, involves Pesci's pronunciation of the word "youth" which sounds like "yute." One underrated bit is the one where Pesci first meets his cousin's friend (Mitchell Whitfield) in the jail cell. His cousin (Ralph Macchio) is asleep and Pesci suddenly pays the friend a visit. He doesn't know Pesci is the lawyer, and assumes he's some guy who...wants to make him his b**ch. The comic dialogue in that scene is so perfectly executed and I feel it's one of the funniest in the movie. I'm not going to give away any more of the film's slick, intelligent humor--You have to see it for yourself!!!

If you're in the mood for a smart, well-written, well-acted comedy that will have you on the floor--look no further! "My Cousin Vinny" doesn't disappoint in any of those aspects. This is a truly memorable piece of comedy, and though it was released in 1992, I'm sure comedy lovers will pay homage to this movie in the present day.

My score: 8 (out of 10)


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