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Prizzi's Honor (1985)


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Richard Condon's delicious black comedy was lovingly translated to the screen by legendary director John Huston in one of his last movies. The Prizzis are a powerful family of mobsters, as devoted to their code of honor as they are to bending laws and breaking skulls. Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson), a Prizzi hit man, is not quite so honorable, at least where affairs of the heart are concerned. While attending a mob wedding, he throws over his longtime sweetheart Maerose Prizzi (Anjelica


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Mar 13, 2001


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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (4) | DVD (16)

John Huston's Prizzi's Honor packs love, sex, and murder -- and dark comedy -- into a labyrinthine tale.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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As usual, Turner works hard and manages to lend some conviction to a shoddily written part, but she can't connect with Nicholson, whose obscure hamminess leaves him isolated on some other planet.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
Chicago Reader
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A very stylish walk with love and death.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is the most bizarre comedy in many a month, a movie so dark, so cynical and so funny that perhaps only Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner could have kept straight faces during the love scenes.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Almost every possible mob film has been made, but this one still feels inventive and engaging.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

John Huston's dark, cynical comedy about the Mafia, one of his last pictures, suffers from the lack of chemistry between Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, but Anjelica Huston is excellent in a well-deserving Oscar-winning turn.

August 16, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A blackly comic and insidiously sly love story in the unforgiving underworld of mob families and freelance criminals...

July 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

Huston steers clear of slapstick cliché and keeps the comedy coming, right to its violently funny ending.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Widely considered a black comedy classic, Prizzi's Honor is dated today and, tragically, finally revealed as a middling work that wanders aimlessly and ends abruptly.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

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.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A black comedy about an ill-fated love affair and the nasty politics of a criminal clan.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

As divertidas (e exageradas) performances de Nicholson e Hickey são o ponto alto deste filme apenas regular.

April 12, 2004
Cinema em Cena

The film itself gets funnier, darker, and more complex as it goes along....

August 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Wildly overrated black comedy with great cast.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This was the penultimate film from the ailing great director. It is also one of his best.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dreadfully overrated black comedy from John Huston. Daughter Angelica is a rare stand-out.

December 30, 2002 | Comment (1)
Flipside Movie Emporium

A dark, rich comedy that finds Nicholson at the top of his game, per usual. Huston's last great film.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

A wickedly post-modern gangster film

June 27, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Not one of Nicholson's best, but an enjoyable comedy nonetheless.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Prizzi's Honor

A slightly off-kilter but hugely likable comedy that has all the cliches but then again probably created most of them. The performances are pretty good and the list of great actors is pretty long. It's probably pretty far from John Ford's best but with his catalogue of films that's not saying much. I loved Kathleen Turner's performance and Anjelica Huston. I can't believe William Hickey was only 48 when he played Don Corrado Prizzi!!
February 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

A hit man falls in love with a counterpart who robs his employers.
Anjelica Huston's icy but damaged mob daughter earns this film a full star in my book, not mention the Oscar it won Huston. With a cool, reserved vulnerability, her performance is captivating.
The rest of the film is not as good. The love story plot is horribly developed. There is very little chemistry between Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, and the characters senselessly dive into a relationship that is based on so little that it makes one wonder why they would give up so much for its sake. The eventual plot twists are formulaic and predictable.
Overall, the film makes no sense as a drama, and though it's meant to be a comedy, I don't get the joke.
September 29, 2012
Jim Hunter

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John Huston has a little fun with the by now typical New York family crime tale when one of their main killers spots a beautiful blonde at a Mob wedding and is instantly smitten. There's a catch though ... she's a contract killer too. Nicholson and Turner are good enough for charm and Huston's daughter gets to shine too, enough to win Best Supporting Actress for that year.
March 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

For as much as I remember Prizzi's Honor getting talked up when I was a kid, as an adult I've got to ask what the hell the big goddamn deal was about. The story sets up an interesting premise but takes some major lapses in logic (even if the only mafia movie you've ever seen is The Godfather) and ties things up W A Y too conveniently at the end. The performances were either hammy and over the top (I'm talking to you, Nicholson) or downright negligible (*cough*KathleenTurner*cough*.) The only exception was Anjelica Huston whose foxy magnificence was grossly underused. I actually almost turned Prizzi's Honor off in the first half hour, but by the time the credits rolled I was sort of glad I didn't, but I've got the feeling that John Huston was counting on nonexistent charm to carry this story where there was never really anything there.
February 28, 2011

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