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Prizzi's Honor (1985)

 -  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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Angelo 'Pop' Partanna
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Don Corrado Prizzi
Lee Richardson ...
Michael Lombard ...
Rosario Filargi 'Finlay'
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George Santopietro ...
Plumber
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Lt. Hanley
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Peaches Altamont (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Ann Selepegno ...
Amalia Prizzi
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Phil Vittimizzare
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Bluestone
Sully Boyar ...
Casco Vascone
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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.

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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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The studio, expecting the film to perform poorly at the box office, pushed for a relatively quick release onto home video; however, the film was one of the 'sleeper' hits of the season, thanks to terrific reviews and positive word of mouth, and had a lengthy stay in theatres, and was still in theatres, in fact, when it was released to video stores. See more »

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

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[Charlie is telling Maerose about Irene]
Charley Partanna: I met her in a church. It just happened. I knew she was the woman for me. She'd organized the scam in Vegas. I go looking for the bad guy and it turns out to be my woman, can you imagine this? Not only that - Pop tells me she's the piece man for the Nettabino contract. Just the same, I love her, Mae... I love her.
Maerose Prizzi: Well...
Charley Partanna: How can I live with this? I gotta do something about it. I gotta straighten it out.
Maerose Prizzi: Then do.
Charley Partanna: Do what? Do I ice her? Do I marry her? ...
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Referenced in Night Court: Chrizzi's Honor (1988) See more »

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Una furtiva lagrima
from L'elisir d'amore
Gaetano Donizetti
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Mr.&Mrs. Partanna
22 January 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When a whole lot of his contemporaries were dead or in retirement, John Huston was still making some very good movies and even winning Oscars for family members. Prizzi's Honor was kind of a coda to his career having directing his father Walter for Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre in 1948, in 1945 daughter Anjelica Huston wins for Best Supporting Actress in Prizzi's Honor. That's a feat that will really be hard for any director to duplicate.

The Prizzis are your Eighties version of the Corleones, a Mafia family headquartered in Brooklyn with far reaching interests including Las Vegas like the Corleones. Jack Nicholson is Charlie Partanna, not the most polished knife in the drawer, but one of the sharpest. Mafia families inbreed more than royalty or hillbillies and Charlie's expected to marry Maerose Prizzi who is played by Anjelica Huston, the ultimate Mafia princess. He's practically been raised to be her prince consort.

But one look at the beautiful and sophisticated Kathleen Turner and Nicholson's hormones are at light-speed overdrive. But Kathleen's got a secret or two as well. She was in on a scam that took $720.000.00 from the Prizzis in Las Vegas. And in a real bow to women's liberation, something indeed from a tradition bound organization like the Mafia, she's also a hit woman with a contract on Nicholson.

Some 20 years before those marrieds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were trying to bed and kill each other simultaneously in Mr.&Mrs. Smith, Nicholson and Turner were going at it, tongue and gun. John Huston after 30 years finally repeated a black comedy, a much better black comedy than Beat The Devil.

Besides Anjelica's win, Prizzi's Honor was up for several more Oscars in 1985 including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jack Nicholson, Best Supporting Actor for William Hickey, Best Director for John Huston and others. Prizzi's Honor is the kind of film where the jokes sneak up on you, don't expect belly laughs, but minutes after something is said, the line will kick in.

And Prizzi's Honor was a great film to have to your credit in the twilight of your career for John Huston.


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