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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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Jonathan Lynn

Writer:

Dale Launer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Pesci ... Vinny Gambini
Ralph Macchio ... Bill Gambini
Marisa Tomei ... Mona Lisa Vito
Mitchell Whitfield ... Stan Rothenstein
Fred Gwynne ... Judge Chamberlain Haller
Lane Smith ... Jim Trotter III
Austin Pendleton ... John Gibbons
Bruce McGill ... Sheriff Farley
Maury Chaykin ... Sam Tipton
Paulene Myers ... Constance Riley (as Pauline Meyers)
Raynor Scheine ... Ernie Crane
James Rebhorn ... George Wilbur
Chris Ellis ... J.T.
Michael Simpson Michael Simpson ... Neckbrace
Lou Walker ... Grits Cook
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Storyline

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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There have been many courtroom dramas that have glorified The Great American Legal System. This is not one of them. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Cousin Vinny See more »

Filming Locations:

Monticello, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The quote "dead-on balls accurate" is a reference to an actual attorney named Joey Callo, from whom the name Jerry Callow/Gallow was borrowed. See more »

Goofs

When Vinny and Lisa eat lunch at the picnic bench after Lisa bails Vinny out of jail for the first time, they are shown unwrapping the cutlery. Then, when the shot changes, they are shown unwrapping it again. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: [In the diner after being woken at 5 AM and staring at the menu where the options are simply 'breakfast', 'lunch', and 'dinner'] Breakfast?
Vinny Gambini: You think? Uh, good choice. Two.
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Alternate Versions

During the filming of the movie, an alternate version of the film was shot for television viewing. It omits all cursing not by bleeping or covering the words, but the actors themselves shortening or changing their lines. This version is usually seen on Fox Networks. See more »

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Referenced in Blue Bloods: Risk Management (2018) See more »

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A Second Hand Love
Written by Phil Spector & Hank Hunter
Performed by Connie Francis
Courtesy of Malaco Records, Inc.
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A funny film with lots of laughs

My Cousin Vinny was a great movie. I borrowed this film from a friend but had no idea what it really was but just knowing Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, and Marisa Tomei were starring in it. After seeing it, I really liked it. It was a funny movie. There were tons of laughs and I never knew it was going to be this funny but mainly Joe Pesci as Vinny was hilarious. He had the best role in this movie out of anyone but Marisa Tomei as Vinny's fiancée and Fred Gwynne as the judge did wonderful. I was surprised how good the movie was and overall it really entertained me. I highly recommend the film.

Hedeen's Outlook: 8.5/10 ***+ B+


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