Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and is not getting involved until this time.

Director:

Howard Franklin

Writer:

Howard Franklin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Pesci ... Leon Bernstein
Richard Riehle ... Officer O'Brien
Bryan Travis Smith ... Young Cop
Max Brooks ... Teen at Thompson Street
Richard Schiff ... Thompson Street Photographer
Laura Cerón ... Puerto Rican Woman
Chuck Gillespie Chuck Gillespie ... Cop at Puerto Rican Tenement
Christian Stolte ... Ambulance Attendant (as Christian Stolti)
Jack Denbo Jack Denbo ... Photo Editor
Ellen McElduff ... Lonely Woman at Drugstore
Marge Kotlisky Marge Kotlisky ... Rineman's Receptionist
Timothy Hendrickson Timothy Hendrickson ... Richard Rineman
Del Close ... H.R. Rineman
Henry Bolzon Henry Bolzon ... Cafe Society Photographer
Jared Harris ... Danny the Doorman
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Storyline

Leon Bernstein is New York's best news photographer in 1942, equally at home with cops or crooks. The pictures are often of death and pain, but they are the ones the others wish they had got. Then glamorous Kay Levitz turns to him when the Mob seem to be muscling in on the club she owns due to some arrangement with her late husband. Bernstein, none too successful with women, agrees to help, saying there may be some good photos in it for him. In fact, he is falling in love with Kay. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Murder. Scandal. Crime. No matter what he was shooting, "The Great Bernzini" never took sides, he only took pictures... Except once. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The character of Bernzy was inspired by real-life photographer Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig, and some of Bernzy's photos are in fact Fellig's. See more »

Goofs

Burnsey's 35mm camera is either an Exakta V or VX. Those models were introduced in 1950 and 1951, respectively, and would not have been available during the 1940's. See more »

Quotes

Leon (Bernzy) Bernstein: Nobody does what I do. Nobody.
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Connections

References Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Say No to a Soldier
(1942)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Sandy Hook Records
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It all comes together
21 October 2003 | by jamesrl48See all my reviews

Joe Pesci is the perfect little pain in the rear end photographer getting into everyone's way with no real change for a normal life. His one dream? To have his book published, to get the picture no one else does. That he accomplishes in the photograph of a mob hit. The movie set against World War 2 and the gasoline rationing scandal he uncovers. Barbara Hershey seems to fall in love with him, but he doesn't seem to be paying attention. That one thing, the picture overwhelms his mind. Pesci is the whole movie, everyone else are just players. With Hoe Pesci you would think this to be a comedy, it isn't.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Public Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,139,825, 18 October 1992

Gross USA:

$3,067,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,067,917
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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