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It is a vivid, almost sensually rancid slice of 1970s cinema, a movie in which you can almost taste the sweat in the air.
[Mikey and Nicky] is always moving forward, building and building towards its heartbreaking climax.
Despite several fine moments and a terrific performance by Peter Falk, this one ultimately comes up short.
Strip Mikey and Nicky of its genre particulars, its gangster trappings, and what remains is a recognizable story of two friends at loggerheads.
An intriguing detour for Elaine May...
[VIDEO ESSAY] Elaine May wrote and directed "Mikey and Nicky" (1976) as a feminist think piece driven by her volatile male characters.
Elaine May's feature not only stars John Cassavetes, but also feels like a tribute to his work (particularly Husbands).
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.
The impeccably played Mikey & Nicky moves with such certainty and glory that it emerges as an underrated masterpiece.
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...
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
Cassavettes and Falk together for two hours...need I say more?
Not a typical mob movie, they are more of a side story. The real story is basically shot like a case study of two friends. It was a good movie and it was nice to see Peter Falk in a different type role, since this was the Columbo era. It shows a friend pushing his other to the breaking point through deceit and selfishness. It had very good acting and you could believe the bond between Falk and Casavetes. The end has a nice build up with a sudden but warranted end.
[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]
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