Prizzi’s Honor (1985)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

USA, 1985ABC Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1985Boston Film Critics Awards 1985.  Golden Globe Awards 1985National Board of Review Awards 1987.    New York Film Critics Awards 1985.  

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.

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