Prizzi's Honor (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  14 June 1985 (USA)
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A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Prizzi
Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ...
Michael Lombard ...
Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
George Santopietro ...
Lt. Hanley
Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno ...
Amalia Prizzi
Phil Vittimizzare
Sully Boyar ...
Casco Vascone


Charley Partanna is a hit-man who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime syndicate families in the country. Unbeknownst to Charley,the Prizzis just hired Irene Walker, a free-lance killer, to eliminate someone who double-crossed them. When Irene and Charley fall in love their jobs become complicated. Their jobs become impossible when each is given a contract that neither can go through with. Written by Tiff Banks

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Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El honor de los Prizzi  »

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$26,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Liza Minnelli was originally offered the role of Maerose but turned it down. See more »


When Charley and Irene are in her convertible, the shadow from the camera rig becomes visible on the road. See more »


Charley Partanna: Do I ice her? Do I marry her?
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Referenced in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) See more »


Overture to 'Semiramide'
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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A pleasure to see again
5 February 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I loved this film when I saw it in 1985. To see it again after seeing film and series like the Godfather, The Soprans etc is a treat. It is a lovely film, elegant,well-played with a with lots of humor. Jack Nicholson pays the not very intelligent Charley Partanna with flair and a lot of humour. Kathleen Turner is beautiful as ever. The rest of cast is also very good. John Rudolph playing his charing but very dangerous father, Angelica Huston is magnificent as the deserted MaeRose who wants to revenge Cahrly but still loves him. The music is very much a part of this intelligent film. It is a joy to listen to how it comments or highlights what happens in the film.

It is a loving parody of the mafia genre. A must-see for any one who likes this genre and for film lovers everywhere.

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