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Prizzi's Honor
DVD disk
10.07.2004 By: JoBlo
Prizzi's Honor order
Director:
John Huston

Actors:
Jack Nicholson
Kathleen Turner
William Hickey

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A long-time hitman for the mob falls in love with a non-Italian blonde bombshell and proceeds to wine her, dine her, sixty-ni-- nah, I won't go there, and marry her into his life. What he doesn't know at the time is that she too is involved in various unscrupulous activities, and it isn't long before "the family" is bringing up her past and asking for retributions. Will their love be strong enough to fight through the goombah bullshit? Find out!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I enjoyed this film overall, really liked its premise about two hitmen "falling in love", appreciated most of its actors, especially Nicholson and Turner, who had nice chemistry together, but I didn't like the way the whole thing turned out (although it makes sense if you think about the title) and thought it went a little too long. Bottom line, this is an enjoyable movie that is sure to entertain anyone looking for something original in the mafia genre, especially since it doesn't feature any real killings (well, maybe a small one here and there) and focuses more on the romance developed between these two people...who just happen to kill people for a living! Nicholson especially, is in top form here, with something jammed under his lip, giving him a whole new look, which would sometimes make me forget that I was watching Nicholson. Turner is in her prime here as well, gorgeous, sexy, come-hither and the most seductive voice this side of any 1-800-sexline.

The rest of the cast was also good, but the only ones who really stood out were William Hickey as the aging godfather, and Anjelica Huston (whose father directed the film and whose boyfriend at the time (Nicholson), starred in it), who was decent in her role, but whose character was simply too "evil" and one-dimensional for my taste (ironically, she was the only one from the cast to actually win an Oscar for her role here). And oh yeah...gimme more Robert Loggia!! If you're going to cast Loggia in your mob flick, give me more of the man, for God's sakes! He's barely in two or three scenes. But overall, the film works with an awesome soundtrack filled with brimming melodies and classical music, a number of twists and turns, dilemmas about honor, the family, respect and love, as well as an authentic speak for the environment and a great look.

Yes, it went a little too long, felt a little forced at times, began with one of the most unnecessary lengthy wedding scenes of all-time and ended on a note that simply didn't satisfy, but overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see Jack doing something very different, enjoys dark humor about serious subjects and likes the whole "mob" scene in any film. Does it deserve to have been nominated for 8 Oscars in 1986? Not at all. I have no idea what those folks were smoking at the time, but this film is "decent" if anything, but nothing worthy of such praise...in my humble little opinion. PS: Even though it's described as a "comedy", don't expect "laughs" per se. It's not really a funny movie, as much as it is just a somewhat skewed view of the "cosa nostra".
THE EXTRAS
This is my favorite part of the DVD. This is exactly what it reads in the back of the box: SPECIAL FEATURES: English: Stereo Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Those aren't "special features"...those are the friggin' BASICS!!! Thumbs waaaaaaaay down for not having anything on this disc (not even a friggin' trailer) and for actually including the words "special" and "features" in the back of the box. You should be ashamed of yourselves!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A decent film, but nothing to wet your willy over and certainly nothing to buy for your collection. Sure, it features some great music, nice performances, a cute romance and an original look at the world of the mob, but I expected a lot more, especially from a film that was graced with such an inordinate amount of Oscar nominations in its day. Rent if if the premise sounds interesting to you or if you dig on Nicholson. No extras to speak of, so don't buy it unless you love the film and consider it to be re-watchable (which I don't).
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