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My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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Two New Yorkers accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college call in the help of one of their cousins, a loudmouth lawyer with no trial experience.

Director:

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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trial | pantyhose | lawyer | alabama | jail | See All (59) »

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A Comedy Of Trial And Error See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Dave's Bar B Que in Monticello GA was used for exterior shots. Still doing business today. The courthouse seen from the interior of Dave's is the Newton County Courthouse miles away in Covington GA. See more »

Goofs

Actually disclosure would be the correct term in this case, as would discovery. Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Ed., defines discovery and disclosure as the act or process of finding or learning something that was previously unknown. However, if you look up disclosure, it will direct you to discovery as it is a broader definition. See more »

Quotes

Vinny Gambini: I understand you played a game of pool with Lisa for $200, which she won. I'm here to collect.
J.T.: How 'bout if I just kick your ass?
Vinny Gambini: Oh, a counter-offer. That's what we lawyers - I'm a lawyer - we lawyers call that a counter-offer. This is a tough decision here. Get my ass kicked or collect $200. Let me think... I could use a good ass-kickin', I'll be very honest with you... nah, I think I'll just go with the two hundred.
J.T.: Over my dead body.
Vinny Gambini: You like to renegotiate as you go along, don't you? Well, ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: JJ Watt/Luke Combs (2020) See more »

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Dixie
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett (as Daniel Emmett)
Whistled by Joe Pesci
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The more I watch it --- the funnier it gets!!
26 August 2005 | by linoochieSee all my reviews

Definitely one of my all-time favorite comedies. Well directed, well acted -- priceless comic performances by Pesci, Tomei, Gwynne & Austin Pendleton. And more than comedy -- there's also a lot of genuine pathos and real tension and drama, especially in the final courtroom scene. And I really don't understand the "controversy" or brouhaha over Marisa Tomei receiving the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in this movie. It's a crackerjack gem of a performance and a stellar comic portrayal. The only thing I can figure is that a lot of snobbery about serious dramatic portrayals somehow being more worthy of honor than great comic performances still very much lives on in much of the film community.


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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

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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