Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1976 Wide
Average Rating: 4/5
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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. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi
Jan 1, 1976 Wide
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Elaine May's feature not only stars John Cassavetes, but also feels like a tribute to his work (particularly Husbands).
A one-of-a-kind movie.
Considering the gross overextension of the shoot and the indulgence of the actors, ... it makes perfect sense that the movie feels like the result of a game of 52 pick-up rather than the realization of a design.
A powerful dark tale that is emotional and profound in its unsentimental characterization of lowly underworld figures.
An underrated little movie about small-time crooks and killers. Cassavetes and Falk are at their naturalistic best. A must for fans of gritty New York movies.
...it's difficult not to admire the performances and May's dialogue...
the film has matured very nicely, even though its protagonists never will
Mikey and Nicky finds two of the most inventive American actors of their generation riffing off of each other to provide a relatively thorough series of observations about the difficulties of male friendship.
As talky as it is, you might think Cassavetes himself directed it. Mainly for fans of that type of thing, but compelling enough for the neophyte.
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