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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

Jack Nicholson , Kathleen Turner , John Huston  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, William Hickey
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: Richard Condon, Janet Roach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Y3PV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prizzi's Honor" on IMDb

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Get ready for a mob hit that's as "funny as hell" (L.A. Weekly), when legendary director John Huston takes aim at family values in "one of his very best films" (Roger Ebert)! With "a superb cast" (Boxoffice) led by Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, this killer comedy scored eight Academy AwardÂ(r) nominations,* including Best Picture, and an OscarÂ(r) for Anjelica Huston. The Prizzi family's principal hit man, Charley (Nicholson), is about to discover that he and his new bride (Turner) share more than just body heat: They're both cold-blooded assassins, and their next job is to ice each other! Now Charley must choose which contract to honorthe oneto his wife or the one on his wifein this "wickedly amoral black comedy" (Screen International)! *1985: Actor (Nicholson), Supporting Actor (William Hickey), Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Costume Design

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star-Cross'd Hit Persons July 23, 2003
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Only after seeing this film can you be expected to believe that this is a charming comedy about two killers (PC: hit persons) who are deeply involved with mob families, fall madly in love, and then....

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huston Takes on the Mob January 18, 2006
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John Huston takes on the mob in Prizzi's Honor. Jack Nicholson plays a low level hit man for the Prizzi family. While at a wedding he meets a beautiful stranger and falls for her. Eventually he marries her.

He is given another assignment, kill his wife. The question is who comes first, his "family" or his wife?

This is a brilliant black comedy. John Huston proves that he not only can handle crime drama but crime comedy. This was one of last films and was one of his best films.

Jack Nicholson gives one of his finest performances. This is probably one of his most underrated performances. There is no flashy scenes just a great character.

Kathleen Turner has never been better. Again, this is not a flashy role, just well written. This is her greatest performance.

But the find of the film is Angelica Huston. Angelica made a film with her father before and had a terrible experience. After that, she had minor roles in lesser films. This would give her an Oscar and a new film career.

Buy this if you want to have a wickedly fun time!

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars, NOT for the DVD! June 9, 2001
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In a recent poll that Premire magazine conducted, it was picked unanimously by filmmakers worldwide, if they were allowed to revote many filmmakers would have voted Prizzi's Honor for best picture at the academy awards.Out of Africa ended up winning and no one even talks about it anymore, at IMDB.com Out of Africa rates the lowest out of the five nominies.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My God - what a ruthless movie October 11, 2010
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For all it's comic tone, this is one of the hardest hitting gangster flicks I think I've seen in a long time - if ever. It's pure film noir though you wouldn't think so until the ending - which is just about as hard as nails. I'm not saying it's the 'best' gangster film I've ever seen, but sheesh, it packs a punch you'll be reeling from by the time the credits roll. And sure we expect brutality as the foundation for any decent mob flick, but this one kind of reached into new territory for me. The movie played out the way it had to and it's kind of tough to stomach on an emotional level. But from the point of view of the story, and it's characters, the movie does not falter and stays true to its logic.

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.
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