Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1985. ABC Motion Pictures. Screenplay by Richard Condon, Janet Roach, based on the novel by Richard Condon. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Produced by John Foreman. Music by Alex North. Production Design by J. Dennis Washington. Costume Design by Donfeld. Film Editing by Kaja Fehr, Rudi Fehr. Academy Awards 1985. Boston Film Critics Awards 1985. Golden Globe Awards 1985. National 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. Jack Nicholson excels as a hitman for the powerful Prizzi family who falls head over heels in love with a beautiful hitwoman (Kathleen Turner). 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 (Anjelica Huston, 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.