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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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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

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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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$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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Actress Paulene Myers played Constance Riley. the witness that had trouble seeing. Earlier in her career, she played Judge Frances MacKenzie in an episode of All in the Family. See more »

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At the end of the movie when everyone is leaving the court house, the sheriff and Judge call "Mr. Gambini" by "Mr. Gambini", not "Mr. Callo". The whole point of that scene was to confirm the impressive legal record of a "Mr. Callo". See more »

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Vinny Gambini: Ms. Vito, you're supposed to be some kinda expert in automobiles, is that correct?... Is that correct?
[she folds her arms and turns her back on him]
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Would you please answer the counselor's question?
Mona Lisa Vito: No, I hate him.
Vinny Gambini: Your Honor, may I have permission to treat Ms. Vito as a hostile witness?
Mona Lisa Vito: You think I'm hostile now, wait 'til you see me tonight.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Do you two know each other?
Vinny Gambini: Yeah, she's my fiancée.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Well, that would certainly explain the hostility.
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Stand By Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill & Tammy Wynette
Produced by Jess Harnell & Chuck Duran
Performed by Gail Lopata Lennon
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One of my favorites
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I can watch this film over and over again. Joe Pesci plays Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, a Brooklyn lawyer who is asked to defend his cousin and friend from a murder charge in Alabama. Marisa Tomei as Mona Lisa Vito, Vinny's girlfriend, deserved the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, rare for a comedy to even be nominated for anything by AMPAS. I really liked Fred Gwynne as the no-nonsense Judge Chamberlain Haller, a great foil for Joe Pesci's laid back, easy going Brooklyn wise guy. Even his name, Chamberlain Haller, evokes seriousness. A lot of fun, especially the courtroom antics of Pesci. Highly recommended.


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