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Mickey One

3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Considered ahead of its time - and perhaps it still is - this unusual drama, inspired by the French New Wave, brought Warren Beatty and producer-director Arthur Penn together for the first time - two years before their landmark Bonnie and Clyde. Beatty stars as a Detroit night club comic who incurs the wrath of The Mob (he doesn't know why) and flees to Chicago to start life anew - but still living in fear. But the plot is secondary to the look and sound of this film (a favorite of Martin Scorsese), which boasts a score by Eddie Sauter and stunning photography by Academy Award(r)-winner Ghislain Cloquet (1980, Best Cinematography, Tess). Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Franchot Tone and Jeff Corey co-star in this one-of-a-kind motion picture. Incidentally, much of it was shot in what is now Oprah Winfrey's studio. Newly remastered.

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  • Actors: Hurd Hatfield, Warren Beatty, Franchot Tone, Alexandra Stewart
  • Directors: Arthur Penn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZZZAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mickey One" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
DVD on demand coming from Columbia Classics (DVD-R)

Unavailable for many years, this early Arthur Penn-picture has now been released to DVD.
Believed by some critics to be one rare example of American nouvelle vague (e.g. Ethan Mordden in "Medium Cool" - recommended 60s cinema reading) it vaguely foreshadows "New Hollywood" auteurism - soon to arrive with "Bonnie and Clyde", another Penn/Beatty collaboration two years later.
Original score (available on CD) composed by Eddie Sauter; saxophone improvisations by Stan Getz.
Cast includes Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Franchot Tone ...and yes, "The Girl" struggling with the windshield wipers under the opening titles is Donna Michelle, Playmate of the Year 1964.
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Film: 7/10
Picture quality: 8.5/10 as on 46" screen
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (orig: =?)
Run time: 1 32'34" (NTSC)
Audio: Engl. mono
ST: none
Black and white
DVD 5
RC: 1
Chapters: 11
Extras: Trailer
ASIN: B004CZZZAE
Studio: Columbia Classics/Sony

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"Mickey One" is the 1965 Arthur Penn-Warren Beatty collaboration of French new wave filmmaking brought to Chicago. While it doesn't exactly merge the big shoulders of America's second city with Jules and Jim and maybe more reflects the neo-realism of Italy's The Bicycle Thief, the new DVD gives an impression of avant-garde American filmmaking from the era. I first saw this when taking a film appreciation course at Michigan State University in 1972. I wasn't much of a film buff in those days and this movie seemed incoherent and off the wall to me. Almost no one with exposure to modern film would have such a reaction today, although a few might be confused by what goes on.

The plot -- what there is of one -- involves Beatty (he's called Mickey because he steals a Social Security card from a drunken Pole name Miczevsksi and his next employer can't pronounce the name) playing a nightclub comic on the lam from mobsters and hiding out in Chitown looking for a way to re-emerge without being put on ice. This storyline includes Beatty's romance with Alexandra Stewart (Zeppelin, Blood Money), interactions with Hurd Hatfield (The Picture of Dorian Gray,
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Something of a heavy-lift, this crazed spectacle of paranoia and fear does
impress in moments, but also grinds on purposelessly. Beatty is great, and
the supporting cast is fine. Stan Getz wails urgently as Beatty flees through
the gritty back alleys and sleazy night world of Chicago, trying to figure what
went wrong. Audiences might feel the same way as this absurdist maze offers
no exit. Final scene of Beatty in the spotlight, and the awesome pull-back,
is striking. Still, for art-house buffs only.
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One of the best films of all time. A 60s modernist noir. Wonderful Chicago industrial landscape scenes. Gangsters with finicky organic food preferences. The soundtrack prominently features Stan Getz. Unique period piece that survives with all its mystery and paranoia intact. Warren Beatty of course is great.
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I first saw this film on TV in the late 1960's. I was immediately impressed with the attitudes expressed by the script and with a structure at the time highly unusual in American cinema. I found both the use of symbols and the visual atmosphere of "Mickey One" to be very striking indeed. I have had to wait decades for the film to become available on home video. I was by no means disappointed, and was made even more aware of this film's unique qualities in the context of American films of its time.
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By Mario on October 21, 2012
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It's not the great lost masterpiece some have said, but it's undoubtedly interesting cinematically. The 'wackiness' is of its time and there are moments when it seems a bit like a black and white episode from The Prisoner. There's no humour to relieve it and it seems very much to be about a man's world. That might be the problem - the very interesting Alexandra Stewart as the love interest is just that - a good American woman who stands by her genius guy who isn't really a genius but a bloke with mixed-up confusion stuck in a downbeat America peopled with grotesques. Seems like a precursor of the great 70s paranoia movie such as The Parallax View before they could really put their finger on what was the faceless corporation or political class that was creating the paranoia. Here it's 'the mob' and whatever that stands for. The fact that Mickey is essentially apolitical, and an average comic doesn't help us see the point except perhaps that by the end he has some kind of courage with which to stand up to it all. His admiring gal looking on from the wings of course. Much is made of the cinematography and that is certainly impressive.
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