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One is Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson), a contract laborer for the Prizzi family headed by Don Corrado (William Hickey) on the East Coast; the other is Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner), based on the West Coast, who had already accepted an assignment from the Prizzis before meeting Partanna and then falling in love with him. The romance flourishes for a time. The complications that ensue are best revealed while viewing the film.
Previously, Partanna had ended his relationship with Maerose Prizzi (Angelica Huston), Don Corrado Prizzi 's beloved but volatile granddaughter. She is determined to regain the favor of the family's elders, especially its Don. Later, Huston received an Academy Award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role. She deserved it. Although apparently quite talented in his line of work, Charley often seems somewhat dimwitted, at least when contrasted with Irene who seems highly intelligent as well as physically attractive. Watching Nicholson play a smitten, almost schoolboyish Charlie is indeed a treat.
Director John Huston does a brilliant job of juxtaposing romantic comedy with mob-directed violence. Amidst all the laughter, people really do get killed. William Hickey certainly deserved his nomination for an Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role, won in 1985 by Don Ameche for his work in Cocoon. Hickey and other members of the cast were blessed with having an immensely clever script by Richard Condon, based on his novel.Read more ›
The performances are great all around. The old don in this movie is incredible - creepy and decrepitly sinister, a very unique 'don' character in the catalogue of mafia movies. Charlie's father was great, and of course Nicholson does a GREAT job as Italian gangster Charley Pattana - his acting is distinct and fitting (i.e. he goes beyond himself as himself). Kathleen Turner as his love interest then wife, Irene, was likeable as well. I wasn't always sure I bought the chemistry 100%, but the movie is bigger than just their relationship - which certainly wasn't bad by any accounts - just not 'sizzling', for all the love that was professed. Then again this is love between a hit-woman and a gangster, so I don't know what exactly one could hope for. There was a certain touchingness in the trust that develops between them, and of course there's a comic tone that lightens the whole thing in the first place - but never to the detriment of the story.Read more ›
If you like this movie don't let it slip through your memory, let others know about so hopefully one day it will be as popular as The Graduate. The film is amazing, John Hustons direction....FANTASTIC. Jack Nicholson gives a great performance. The film is a great black comedy that you can watch over and over again. The dvd is a emmbarresment to the film, ugly transfer, no special features, and the aspect ratio is wrong. The film was shot with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio and the dvd is presented in a 1:85:1 aspect ratio.
Anchor Bay did the same thing with the Sleuth dvd,though it was only minor, the Sleuth dvd presented the film in a 1:66:1 aspect ratio. With a new release of Sleuth they're finally presenting it in its correct 1:85:1 aspect ratio.
To all of us who love Prizzi's Honor, please write to Anchor Bay and tell them to put special features and present the film in its right aspect ratio. The dvd wouldn't be so bad if it was presented in 2:35 and had a amazing transfer. Great film Not to be missed!
The look on Angelica Huston's face is priceless.
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Superb film. Uncle Jack and Auntie Angelica at their best in a film that makes you laugh even when you shouldn't. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Henry B. Stobbs
This is in excellent condition and much better than my vhs version.Published 2 months ago by Master Sergeant Chemical Corps
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