Dick Tracy


(out of 5)

‘s recreation of Chester Gould’s thirties comic strip is nothing short of a work of art. Working with the same seven colours that comic-book printers had to work with back during the original publishings, Beatty’s production is dazzling enough to make up for the weak narrative. He directs himself as the title character, the sunshine in his dark world in a yellow coat and fedora who brings justice to the law-abiding citizens of the big city. He’s also trying to maintain his relationship with the adoring and adorable Tess Trueheart (. who is wonderful) while Breathless Mahoney (a deliciously wry ) comes along to put it all to the test. His crime-fighting plans involve his quest to get rid of the city’s biggest menace, Big Boy Caprice (a very funny ). Everyone who was anyone in Hollywood in 1990 parades through this film in a small or large cameo, but what worst most against the film having the sheen of a classic is that Beatty, when given no moral failings, is not all that interesting to watch.  Milena Canonero’s gorgeous costume work and the phenomenal makeup designs of Doug Drexler, Jr. and John Caglione are well worth checking out, though.

Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV

USA, 1990

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on characters created by

Cinematography by

Produced by Warren Beatty

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1990

Golden Globe Awards 1990

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