Dick Tracy


Dick Tracy

Critics Consensus

Dick Tracy is stylish, unique, and an undeniable technical triumph, but it ultimately struggles to rise above its two-dimensional artificiality.



Total Count: 49


Audience Score

User Ratings: 77,195
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Based on the famed detective hero of the comics, the story finds Dick Tracy in 1938 Chicago attempting to stop the crime spree of Big Boy Caprice.

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Warren Beatty
as Dick Tracy
Al Pacino
as Big Boy Caprice
Glenne Headly
as Tess Trueheart
as Breathless Mahoney
Charles Durning
as Chief Brandon
Paul Sorvino
as Lips Manlis
R.G. Armstrong
as Pruneface
Dick Van Dyke
as D.A. Fletcher
Seymour Cassel
as Sam Catchem
James Keane
as Pat Patton
James Tolkan
as Numbers
Kathy Bates
as Mrs. Green
Catherine O'Hara
as Texie Garcia
Henry Silva
as Influence
James Caan
as Spaldoni
Bert Remsen
as Bartender
Frank Campanella
as Judge Harper
Estelle Parsons
as Mrs. Trueheart
Mary Woronov
as Welfare Person
Henry Jones
as Night Clerk
Mike Mazurki
as Old Man at Hotel
Jim Wilkey
as Stooge
Stig Eldred
as Shoulders
Neil Summers
as The Rodent
Ned Clafin
as Radio Announcer
Chuck Hicks
as The Brow
Ed O'Ross
as Itchy
Robert Costanzo
as Lips' Bodyguard
Jack Kehoe
as Customer at Raid
Marshall Bell
as Lips' Cop
Mike Hagerty
as Doorman
Lew Horn
as Lefty Moriarty
Arthur Malet
as Diner Patron
Tony Epper
as Steve, the Tramp
Hamilton Camp
as Store Clerk
Robert Beecher
as Ribs Mocca
Tom Finnegan
as Uniform Cop at Ritz
Billy Clevenger
as Newspaper Vendor
Ian Wolfe
as Forger
John Schuck
as Reporter
Jack Goode Jr.
as Lab Technician
Ray Stoddard
as Lab Technician
Ed McCready
as Cop at Tess'
Colm Meaney
as Cop at Tess'
Sharmagne Leland-St. John
as Club Ritz Patron
Bing Russell
as Club Ritz Patron
Ned Claflin
as Radio Announcer
John Moschitta Jr.
as Radio Announcer
Neil Ross
as Radio Announcer
Walker Edmiston
as Radio Announcer
Rita Bland
as Dancer
Lada Boder
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Dick Tracy

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (18)

Audience Reviews for Dick Tracy

  • Mar 13, 2019
    One hell of a film, Beatty (star and director) throwing everything at you and the kitchen sink. The cast alone is an accomplishment, but costuming, design, make-up, music, cinematography, this thing is an unqualified work of art. That fails to connect. A work without heart. It ought to be taught as a class. An agonising disappointment.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2014
    Warren Beatty's effective and original envisioning of a classic comic book story is today a very underrated film with a rich colorful palette of action-oriented thrills, some proper noir tribute stunts, and a very complex and visually impressive design, featuring Beatty himself as the scrupulous detective that finds himself in the middle of both professional and emotional conflicts. The universe the film creates precedes future projects like <i>Sin City</i> and countless others like a true boss, and throughout, the movie combines an unstoppable quick pace with a good score and a hilariously awesome villainous Al Pacino in a role that is just too campy to be true. The story is not something out of the ordinary, but boy, does this deliver the goods with some unique style! I also find the hate against Madonna as funny as Pacino's inflated evil face quoting presidents and philosophers while screaming at his zombie-like mob thugs. 76/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2013
    "Calling Dick Tracy." Warren Beatty brings legendary detective Dick Tracy to the big screen in this campy and fun comic book film. The story follows famed police detective Dick Tracy as he attempts to rid the city of organized crime; meanwhile notorious gangster Big Boy Caprice eliminates his competition and becomes the head of all the crime families. Starring Warren Beatty, Madonna, and Al Pacino the film has an excellent cast; but it's Pacino's over-the-top, charismatic performance that steals the show. The visual style of the film is also quite remarkable, and has an impressive surrealness to it. And, Danny Elfman provides a wonderful score that's whimsical and upbeat. A clever and entertaining satire of the gangster genre, Dick Tracy is packed with action and adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2012
    Coming a year after 'Batman' this film borrows heavily from that film, using similar set scheme for the city (but not as gothic) and borrowing Danny Elfman for the score. Like that film the hero is a little bland and boring and the film benefits from over-the-top villains, especially Pacino chewing up the scenery. The colour scheme works well to remind you of the original comics and although the storyline is very familiar it's a lot of fun trying to recognise all the great actors disguised by their heavy make-up. Sondheim contributed the songs and they work well but Madonna isn't a good enough songer to really deliver them and she is probably the weakest thing about the film.
    David S Super Reviewer

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