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My Blue Heaven (1999)

Steve Martin , Rick Moranis , Herbert Ross  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Nora Ephron
  • Producers: Herbert Ross, Nora Ephron, Goldie Hawn, Anthea Sylbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790742071
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Blue Heaven" on IMDb

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Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack. A New York gangster is moved to a small California town as part of the Witness Protection Program and proceeds to infuriate the G-man assigned to him. 1990/color/96 min/PG-13/fullscreen.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS FUNNY!! January 27, 2004
For the movie critics and other people who criticized Steve Martin for a "spoofy" portrayal of an Italian mobster.......that was the point! (hahaha) Anybody knows, if you want a "real" portrayal, you get De Niro or Pacino. This movie was meant to be cheesy and that's what makes it laugh out loud funny. I watched this movie years ago and it just made me laugh so much. The Mambo dance scenes alone are worth the cost. I do have to agree with a fellow review writer -- the DVD holds no extras, at all. I would have loved to have seen some outtakes. Still, at least I can play my favorite scenes over and over.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated November 6, 2005
Often judged as one of Steve Martin's weaker efforts, it is in my honest opinion that his 1990 vehicle "My Blue Heaven" ranks right up there with "The Jerk", "Father Of The Bride" and "Parenthood" as one of Steve Martin's best movies. With a great cast and crisp writing, it holds its owns with those oter comedy classics.

Vincent Antonelli (Martin) is a New York City gangster. He's tough, handsome and feared. However, when he witnesses a murder, he is put into the San Francisco division of the FBI's Witness Protection Program under the care of Agent Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis). Despite trying to hide his identity, Vinny can't help but stick his nose into trouble. This angers Barney as well as idealistic District Attorney Hannah Stubbs (Joan Cusack, cast to type once again), who clashes with Barney over how Vinnie's criminal offences should be handled. But soon, the rough edges are smoothed out. Vinnie and Barney become friends, and Barney and Hannah become an item. But the mob is after them, and a series of events leads for this happy picture to be smeared. It all leads up to a great conclusion.

"My Blue Heaven" is a hilarious film that belongs in anybody's dvd collection. Recommended.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Okay, so I sinned and purchased a film that isn't anamorphic, heck this DVD isn't even widescreen! But it didn't cost much more than the VHS tape. Unfortunately there aren't any extras on the disc, behold why so inexpensive, and the picture and sound quality make me wonder if I would have been just as well off purchasing the VHS version. The only problem would be that I don't pop in my VHS movies any more. This movie is very funny. Steve Martin plays a great italian mobster and Rick Morranis plays the perfect boring federal agent. If you don't find yourself quoting this movie then either you're too serious, or I'm too easily amused. The movie is a 4 star movie, if only this movie could get a quality DVD transfer some day.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
My Blue Heaven is a movie I enjoyed as a kid (when my parents rented it) and have introduced to many of my friends in the ensuing years. If only comedy was still this good! Despite it's PG-13 rating, this movie is truly tam(er) compared to today's top-grossing comedy titles, and it still packs laugh after laugh.

There's no need for a detailed plot summary--Steve Martin is a NY Italian mafia member turned federal witness, so he's undercover in suburban San Diego with Rick Moranis as his straight-edge FBI babysitter (the man has a system for everything, including the eating of pancakes). Martin's monologues and pontifications and brilliant excuses for his petty thefts are worth the price of admission alone. Martin's mafia-cool influence on the nerdy Moranis is also absolutely priceless, full of laughs through-and-through. Joan Cusak gives an excellent performance as the uptight local DA (complete with Army shoes) who butts heads with Martin's petty crimes again and again.

Don't miss out on one of the most underrated and delicious comedy flicks of the 1980's (okay, so it did come out in 1990, but it rings 80's comedy all throughout). The DVD is certainly priced right!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NY gangster in the witness protection program December 8, 1998
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Steve Martin is one of the worlds best known comics, and this is perhaps his best roll so far. The story is about Vinni, aka Todd Wilkensen, (Martin), a New York City gangster enrolled in the witness protection program. He is sent to a yuppy town near San Diego called Fryberg. The FBI agent (Rick Moranis) assigned to look after him is a systematic, recently dumped man named Barney. It isn't easy to break old habits, and so Vinni gets involved in any crime that he can, and always trying to talk his way out of persecution from the local D.A. (Joan Cussak). This is an incredibly funny movie that shows the difference between New Yorkers and the yuppies of Fryberg. This humor is characterized by a grocrey clerk saying "Have a nice day," and Vinni returing with "F*** you." The humor is smart and quick, all topped off by great acting from Martin, Moranis, and Cussak.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The setting of Steve Martin as an ex New York gangster turned states evidence for the government is great. His accent, body language,haircut, and style are hilarious from the first screen. The dance routine in New York, and the "get rid of those shoes" scene will make you laugh to tears. This is one of Steve's best performances and was his least known movie among our friends. This is one you can pull out to entertain with almost every time and find that they haven't seen it before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The cast is awesome!
Hysteriacal movie! The cast is awesome!
Published 1 day ago by suzanne stella
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an unexpectedly great movie. Steve Martin is plays the...
This is an unexpectedly great movie. Steve Martin is plays the stereotypical New York mobster to a T. If you like Goodfellas but you want to laugh, this is a great pick.
Published 10 days ago by James T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Says Witness Protection Can't Be Fun?
Steve Martin is a hoot as a stereotypical NY hood in a small town in a federal witness program. His antics will keep you cheering for him throughout. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered Treasure
This kind of quality entertainment is no longer made, as Hollywood has run out of ideas. The comedy firepower of Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack combine to make this... Read more
Published 11 days ago by John Lilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven sent comedy
I love this movie. It's funny and a great laugh-fest. Plus, it's a little extra special, because parts of it were filmed in my hometown -- love the scene at Apple Farm and the old... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mark Avila
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Steve Martins funniest movies.
Published 16 days ago by jennie harman
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun to watch
So much fun to watch. Steve Martin and Rick Moranis are hilarious together. I've been laughing along with this film since I was a kid. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Kikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Arugala!!!
A classic!!
Published 18 days ago by Alyssa Bellows
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 25 days ago by Christine Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Super funny!
Very well done, one of Steve Martin's most brilliant roles ever. At first I didn't even recognize him, he rehearsed this role and carried it out so flawlessly. Read more
Published 25 days ago by V. Vanderbent
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