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My Cousin Vinny ()


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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... See more »

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Vinny Gambini
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Bill Gambini
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Mona Lisa Vito
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Stan Rothenstein
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Judge Chamberlain Haller
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Jim Trotter III
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John Gibbons
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Sheriff Farley
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Sam Tipton
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Constance Riley (as Pauline Meyers)
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Ernie Crane
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George Wilbur
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J.T.
Michael Simpson ...
Neckbrace
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Grits Cook
Kenny Jones ...
Jimmy Willis
Thomas Merdis ...
Man in Town Square
J. Don Ferguson ...
Guard #1
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Guard #2
Jeff Lewis ...
Deputy #1
Ron Leggett ...
Deputy #2
Aubrey J. Osteen ...
Deputy #3
Larry Shuler ...
Hotel Clerk
Suzi Bass ...
Woman
Michael Burgess ...
Prison Van Driver
Bill Coates ...
Bailiff
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Courtroom Clerk
Muriel Moore ...
Juror #1
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Juror #2
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Young Punk (uncredited)
Timothy Aaron Styles ...
Featured Juror (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jonathan Lynn

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Dale Launer ... (written by)

Produced by

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Dale Launer ... producer
Paul Schiff ... producer

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Randy Edelman

Cinematography by

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Peter Deming

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Tony Lombardo
Stephen E. Rivkin

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Sharma Bennett ... post-production assistant
Gary Burritt ... negative cutting
Tina Elfstrand ... apprentice editor
Adam C. Frank ... second assistant editor (as Adam Cameron Frank)
Christopher Kroll ... first assistant editor
Mike Milliken ... color timer
Steve Schoenberg ... additional first assistant editor

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David Rubin

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Victoria Paul

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Michael Rizzo
Rando Schmook

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Michael Seirton

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Carol Wood

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Roseanne Griffith ... assistant makeup
James Sarzotti ... makeup: Mr. Pesci's makeup by
Anthony Sorrentino ... hair: Mr. Pesci's hair by
Carmen Willis ... key makeup

Production Management

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Leslie A. Leitner ... post-production supervisor (as Leslie Leitner)
Mary McLaglen ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Capra III ... first assistant director
Jeffrey Wetzel ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Bob Baker ... draper
Emilio Biasucci ... painter
Cheri Candido ... assistant props
Howard J. Clark ... swing gang
Jeff Cleary ... laborer
Michael S. Day ... property master (as Michael Day)
Ron Edwards ... sign painter
Carl Kyle F. ... carpenter (as Carl Kyle Foster)
Andrés Gutiérrez ... assistant carpenter (as Andres Gutierrez)
Betsy Holland ... buyer
Jackie Johnson ... carpenter
Tony Kupersmith ... construction coordinator
Lisa Lawes ... construction assistant
George A. Lee ... carpenter (as George Lee)
Alba Leone ... leadperson
Scott E. Lowes ... swing gang
Alisa Lumbreras ... painter
Patrick McCartin ... construction first aid
Joseph Ott ... carpenter
James F. Oñate ... lead scenic (as James Onate)
Fernando Paulete ... assistant painter
Bob Renna ... swing gang
Burges Richardson ... carpenter
Angela Riserbato ... construction foreman (as Angie Riserbato)
Julia Starr Sanford ... draftsman (as Julie Sanford)
Larry C. Shepard ... on set scenic
James T. Short ... painter
Michael P. Short ... painter
Stuart Skrien ... assistant carpenter
Lee Smith ... laborer
Terry J. Smith ... carpenter (as Terry Smith)
Wendy Smith ... art department coordinator
Brian Stultz ... scenic chargeman
Carlton W. Thompson Jr. ... swing gang
David Tupper ... laborer
James Whiting ... carpenter
Jeff Wuesthoff ... carpenter
Karen Young ... on set dresser
Tony Zupa ... carpenter
Woody Thompson ... swing gang (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert J. Anderson Jr. ... sound mixer (as Robert Anderson Jr.)
Gregg Barbanell ... foley walker
David Behle ... recordist
Odin Benitez ... sound effects coordinator
Gaston Biraben ... sound editor
C.T.W. ... sound editor
Pud Cusack ... boom operator
Robert Fitzgerald ... sound editor
Jeremy J. Gordon ... sound editor
Douglas Greenfield ... dolby consultant
Kevin Hearst ... sound editor (as Raoul)
Alfred G. Heath ... apprentice sound editor
Michael Hilkene ... supervising sound editor
Ken J. Johnson ... additional sound effects recording
Jack Keller ... recordist
Eric Lindemann ... sound editor (as Eric W. Lindemann)
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat ... foley walker
Frank A. Montaño ... re-recording mixer (as Frank Mantano)
Whit Norris ... cable operator
Mark Rathaus ... sound editor
Greg P. Russell ... re-recording mixer
Wolf Schmidt ... second assistant sound editor
Thomas W. Small ... first assistant sound editor
Mark A. Tracy ... apprentice sound editor
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Jim Bryan ... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. ... dialogue editor (uncredited) / foley editor (uncredited) / sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

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Dick Cross ... special effects

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline ... truck stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Adams ... best boy grip (as Bob Adams)
Allen Barnwell ... electrician
Peter Bennett Beal ... rigging gaffer
Leonard Bishop ... rigging grip
Lucius Bonneson ... company grip
Scott Browner ... first assistant camera
Steve Cohagan ... best boy electric
R.L. Critters ... electrician
Ben Glass ... still photographer
Kevin Hamm ... electrician
Kimman Harmon ... second assistant camera
Amy Hobby ... additional camera assistant
Darryl Humber ... company grip
Jerry Lee ... company grip
Scott Porterfield ... additional camera assistant
Michael E. Satrazemis ... rigging grip (as Michael Satrazemis)
William J. Taylor ... dolly grip
Chip Turner ... gang boss
Dudley J. Voll ... additional camera assistant (as Dudley Voll)
Rick A. West ... gaffer
Daniel Aguar ... grip (uncredited)
Scott Browner ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Robert K. Feldmann ... key grip (uncredited)
Jeff Funderburk ... electrician (uncredited) / generator operator (uncredited)
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Greg Morse ... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Shay Griffin ... local casting
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Len Hunt ... extras casting
Rachel Minster ... casting assistant
Debra Zane ... casting associate
Kenneth Chamitoff ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robin Keller ... wardrobe assistant
Daryl Kerrigan ... key costumer (as Daryl A. Kerrigan)
Ann Miller ... assistant costumer

Location Management

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Scott Elias ... location manager
J. Bradley Smith ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Elton Ahi ... scoring mixer
François Blaignan ... scoring crew (as Francois Blaignan)
Gustavo Borner ... scoring crew
Kathy Durning ... supervising music editor
Dino Herrmann ... scoring crew (as Dino Herman)
Jill Meyers ... music clearances (as Jill Myers)
Cybele O'Brien ... assistant music editor
Joel Sill ... music consultant
Scott Stambler ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Irl Sanders ... scoring crew (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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C.P. 'Pop' Cook ... driver (as C.P. 'Pop' Cook)
Fredna Cook ... driver
Ray Cook ... transportation coordinator
Sandra Cook ... driver
Neil Edwards ... construction driver
Scott Edwards ... driver
Bob Foster ... driver
William Gillespie ... transportation captain (as Billy Gillespie)
Billy Harris ... driver
Michael Horton ... driver
Chris Johnson ... construction driver
Joel Key ... driver
Cecil Little ... driver
Fred Pope Jr. ... driver (as Fred Pope)
Martha Pruette ... driver
Ron Pruette ... driver
Ted Robinson ... construction driver
Oranz Walker ... driver

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Susan Bierbaum ... script supervisor
James Brandon ... magic consultant
Randi Chernov ... assistant: to Mr. Schiff
Michael Day ... third effects man
Tina Elfstrand ... set production assistant
Jon Fitzgerald ... production assistant
Chris Furia ... second assistant accountant
Nicole Furia ... production accountant
Susan Genard ... assistant: to Mr. Lynn
Julie Hartley ... production coordinator
Bryan Hudson ... animal wrangler
Doug Knoll ... legal technical advisor
Adena Lazan ... first assistant accountant
Patrick McDill ... production assistant
Elizabeth Morin ... assistant: to Mr. Pesci
Liz Schlick ... assistant coordinator
Sarah Shields ... set production assistant
L. David Silva ... set production assistant (as David Silva)
Susan Steinlauf-Pascal ... unit publicist (as Susan Steinlauf)
Linda Ann Upton ... first aid nurse
Albert B. Cooper IV ... representative: Georgia Film Commission (uncredited)
Riley Kathryn Ellis ... studio executive (uncredited)

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Len Levine ... special thanks (as Leonard Levine)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Truth, Justice And The Gambini Way. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mon cousin Vinny (France)
  • Mein Vetter Winnie (Germany)
  • Mi primo Vinny (Spain)
  • Vinny, az 1ügyű (Hungary)
  • Moj bratranec Vinny (Slovenia)
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  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,416,751, 15 Mar 1992
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $64,088,552

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Trivia The misunderstanding between Vincent Gambini and Judge Haller regarding the two "utes" was in fact a real conversation between Joe Pesci and director Jonathan Lynn. Lynn, who is British, at first had a hard time understanding Pesci's pronounced New Jersey accent. He decided that the routine was quite funny and put it in the film. See more »
Goofs While judges do make errors once in awhile, it is practically impossible that any judge would overrule Vinny's objection to George Wilbur's testimony. To do so would almost certainly cause a conviction to be overturned at the appellate level. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in My Cousin Vinny/Article 99/American Me/The Lawnmower Man/Shakes the Clown/Daughters of the Dust (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Way Down South See more »
Quotes Mona Lisa Vito: You're goin' hunting?
Vinny Gambini: That's right.
Mona Lisa Vito: Why are you going hunting? Shouldn't you be out preparing for court?
Vinny Gambini: I was thinking last night. If only I knew what he knows, you know? If he'd let me look at his files; oh boy.
Mona Lisa Vito: I don't get it. What does getting to Trotter's files have anything to do with hunting?
Vinny Gambini: Well, you know, two guys, out in the woods, guns, on the hunt. It's a bonding thing, you know; show him I'm one of the boys. He's not gonna let me look at his files, but maybe he'll relax enough to drop his guard so I can finesse a little information out of him.
[searches through his clothes]
Vinny Gambini: What am I gonna wear?
Mona Lisa Vito: What are ya gonna hunt?
Vinny Gambini: I don't know. He's got a lot of stuffed heads in his office.
Mona Lisa Vito: Heads?
[Vinny looks up at Lisa]
Mona Lisa Vito: What kinda heads?
Vinny Gambini: I don't know, he's got a boar, a bear, a couple of deer.
Mona Lisa Vito: Whoa. You're gonna shoot a deer?
Vinny Gambini: I don't know. I suppose. I mean, I'm a man's man, I could go deer hunting.
Mona Lisa Vito: A sweet, innocent, harmless, leaf-eating, doe-eyed little deer.
Vinny Gambini: Hey Lisa, I'm not gonna go out there just to wimp out, you know. I mean, the guy will lose respect for me, would you rather have that?
[Lisa gets up, walks over to the bathroom and shuts the door]
Vinny Gambini: What about these pants I got on, you think they're O.K.?
[Looks down]
Vinny Gambini: Oh!
Mona Lisa Vito: [comes out of the bathroom] Imagine you're a deer. You're prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water... BAM! A fuckin bullet rips off part of your head! Your brains are laying on the ground in little bloody pieces! Now I ask ya. Would you give a fuck what kind of pants the son of a bitch who shot you was wearing?
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