Things Change 1988 PG

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Jerry is a low-level mobster whose wise-guy attitude has gotten him in trouble with the top brass. Now he has the chance to redeem himself by keeping an eye on Gino, an old shoeshine man who has agreed to take the rap for a murder committed by a big-time Mafia chief in return for his dream of owning a fishing boat. What follows is a comedy of errors and misadventures.

Starring:
Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Things Change

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director David Mamet
Starring Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna
Supporting actors Robert Prosky, J.J. Johnston, Ricky Jay, Mike Nussbaum, Jack Wallace, Dan Conway, Willo Hausman, Gail Silver, Len Hodera, Josh Conescu, Adam Bitterman, Jack Merrill, William Novelli, Kenny Lilliebridge, Charles Stransky, William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh, Jordan Lage
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Its a beautiful moment of inexplicable emotional resonance.
Mr. Cairene
Don Ameche is perfect for this part and of course the ever handsome and talented Joe Montangna is superb.
P
A wonderful beautiful story, a lovely mix of drama and comedy and a few surprises.
Joseph H. Pickel

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Cairene on September 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
In the year 1979 a little film called Being There came out. Now an acknowledged masterpiece, that film chronicled how a mentally retarded gardner, through a bizzare series of coincidences was mistaken for a political kingmaker, a caring friend and a potential lover. The synopsis of Things Change does not sound all that dis-similar; A simple Italian shoemaker(Don Ameche) agrees to confess to a murder commited by a Mobster in exchange for a boat in his native Sicily when he gets out of prison. Jerry(Joe Mantegna), a low ranking mafioso assigned to watch him for the weekend and coach him on his confession, feels sorry for him and decides to take him to Lake Tahoe for one last fling. There, through a series of coincidences, the shoemaker is mistaken for a mafia don, and recieves the royal treatment from the hotal at which they are staying, and more dangerously from the head of the Vegas mob, Joseph Vincent(Robert Prosky). Yes the synopses are similar, but Being There and Things Change are infact the opposite.
In Being There, Peter Seller was a human vacuum in which people projected their needs and wants. They molded him into whatever they wanted him to be. And since he was white, middle aged, impeccably dressed and decent looking they mistook his simplistic musings about the seasons "Autumn follows Summer and Spring follows Winter.." for profound metaphors. He unwittingly confirmed their learned prejudices about what a thoughtful man would look like. In Things Change, Ameche is loved by the head of the Vegas mob(who would kill another man in Ameche's position), draws heartfelt affection from a pair of women(who would snub another man in his position) and is befriended by the goon gaurding him(who would probably humiliate another man in Ameche's position).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2000
Format: DVD
Don Ameche has always been a great actor who has portrayed in role after role something most actors never achieve: Elegance. In this role of Gino, a humble cobbler, Mr. Ameche achieves something even more sublime: Quiet elegance, coupled with gracious charm that defeats even the worst intentions of all those who would want to harm this truly GENTLE man. Joe Mantegna, as Gino's "foil", is equally wonderful as a basically ignorant man with a great heart who is obviously in the wrong profession. Mamet's (and Shel Silverstein, of all people!) screenplay and direction are flawless: his story is filled with suspenseful and humorous moments piled up one after another, and all are surprising - to us as well as to Gino! Nothing is as it seems, and the finale is truly inspired! Before this film I was not impressed with Mamet's work, neither on film nor on stage. I may still not care for Mamet's work. But, "Things Change" changed my view of what he can do with a good story and great actors, at least for now. However, as Ameche/Gino says: "things change." One reviewer has compared this film to Peter Sellars "Being There", and I think the comparison is a good one. Although we are not dealing with an idiot in this movie, Mamet's film does show that (most) people will react positively to a positive impulse and allow the good in themselves to surface over avarice and other human errors. And, like Gino, this is a very gentle movie. There is virtually no violence, no rabid car chases, no steamy sex, and, much to my personal amazement, virtually none of the profanity that has littered Mamet's scripts (his profanity, in my opinion, has crippled his work for many people). Above all, though, this is Don Ameche's film.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Tages on August 14, 2006
Format: DVD
Things Change (1988) During the late 1980's, actor Don Ameche continued his remarkable comeback in David Mamet's story of a naive shoeshiner who is roped by the mob into posing as one of their own. Joe Mantegna steals the film for me as Ameche's reluctant minder. Glengarry Glen Ross gets better reviews but this remains my favorite of Mamet's works. The chemistry between Ameche and Mantegna is terrific and you'll be rooting for both men as their journey leads them towards a tense, yet inevitable resolution. Robert Prosky appears in a pivotal role and the future husband & wife team of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have brief roles as well. Don't miss this gem of a film, it will stay in your heart once you watch it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rascal the Cat on July 16, 2005
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Yes, this film does not "rock 'em, sock 'em along" like your usual action flick, written by 20 somethings for the prepubescent crowd. Your may have to go through more than one scene without a car chase, explosion, or gratiutious sex. This is a quiet comedy, written about the stranger than fiction turns life can take. If you're bored with the same cookie cutter plots and small rotation of leading men, give this a try. There's a reason why the price remains in the $20.00 range. It's good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "skipmccoy" on September 19, 2000
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David Mamet makes great films, but oddly some very great ones seem to go unoticed. This is probably his best film in my opinion and I loved HOUSE OF GAMES, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, HOMICIDE(also overlooked) and THE WINSLOW BOY. It's got that whole fairy tale feel to it that is strangely and powerfully endearing. Don Ameche is a cobbler who is called by the mob to go to jail for one of theirs(for murder). He accepts and has only a few days before he must stand up in court. Joe Mantegna is a small time screw up who is assigned to deliver Ameche when the time comes. Being a compassionate man, Mantegna takes Ameche out for a last hurrah. Very, funny and charming feature co-written by Shel Sivlerstein. Also showcases the remarkable talents of Robert Prosky, Ricky Jay, J.T. Walsh and William H. Macy. Sort of like the Hal Asby classic THE LAST DETAIL. A film to be owned!
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