Mikey and Nicky (1976)

Mikey and Nicky




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Nickey (John Cassavetes) is a small-time Jewish gangster in trouble with the mob. He calls on his lifelong friend Mikey (Peter Falk) for help. During the night the two spend together, the power of their friendship is undermined by their mutual nastiness and pressing financial concerns. Elaine May's script was allegedly taken from an episode in the life of her uncle.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Elaine May
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On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
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as Mikey

as Kinney

as Sid Fine

as Dave Resnick

as Bus Driver

as Hotel Clerk

as Counter Man

as Jan's Mother

as Lady on Bus

as Candy Store Man

as Bar Patron

as Bartender

as Franklyn
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Critic Reviews for Mikey and Nicky

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

A chaotic blend of comedy and horror, tenderness and brutality, self-revealing intimacy and brazen power plays.

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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Mikey and Nicky

a black comedy w/o jokes, and like a Cassavettes movie w/o excess, every action goes the real way not the movie way; it hurts

Adam Mahler

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Cassavettes and Falk together for two hours...need I say more?

Tim Sigur

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[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"Mikey and Nicky" is a movie about a low level criminal on the lam named Nicky(John Cassavetes) who thinks there is a hit out on his life. Holed up in a cheap hotel, he calls his lifelong pal, Mikey(Peter Falk). And just because NIcky is paranoid, doesn't mean there is not a hitman played very nicely by Ned Beatty after him. The movie takes place over the course of a single night, as the nature and length of the friendship is explored.(Mikey is the more responsible of the pair with a house in the suburbs. Nicky always seems to be the one who gets into trouble but Mikey is always looking out for his pal.) With Cassavetes, Falk and Beatty on hand, of course the acting is excellent and the movie is well written.(Perhaps somewhat improvised?) Most of "Mikey and Nicky" is very involving but it does tend to lag towards a somewhat abrupt end.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

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