Prizzi’s Honor

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(out of 5)


John Huston’s classic caper is right up there with The Godfather and GoodFellas, distinguished from its peers by also including elements of humour that aren’t usually a staple of mobster films.   excels as a hitman for the powerful Prizzi family who falls head over heels in love with a beautiful hitwoman ().  They team up for a few jobs until they realize that their personal interests conflict with their professional ones. Adding to the powder-keg mix is the much-maligned daughter of the Prizzi family (, who is fabulous), out to revive her love affair with Nicholson and get back at the family that had rejected her on hypocritical moral grounds many years before. Superb directing and writing, wonderful performances from the leads and a marvelous debut for Anjelica’s career as a movie star make for something you won’t want to miss.


USA, 1985

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Richard Condon

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Venice 1985


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Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anjelica Huston as “Maerose Prizzi”)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson as “Charley Partanna”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William Hickey as “Don Corrado Prizzi”)
Best Costume Design (Donfeld)
Best Directing (John Huston)
Best Film Editing (Rudi Fehr, Kaja Fehr)
Best Picture (John Foreman, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Richard Condon, Janet Roach)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Kathleen Turner)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Jack Nicholson)
Best Director (John Huston)

Nominations
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Anjelica Huston)
Best Screenplay (Richard Condon)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston)
Best Director (John Huston)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston)

Nominations
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Best Supporting Actor (William Hickey)
Best Screenplay (Richard Condon, Janet Roach)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Best Supporting Actor (William Hickey)
Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston)
Best Director (John Huston)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Screenplay (Richard Condon, Janet Roach)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston)
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award
Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (John Huston)

British Academy Award
Best Screenplay – Adapted

Nomination
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anjelica Huston)

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston)
Best Director (John Huston)
Best English-Language Film


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