Mikey and Nicky (1976)




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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.
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Rose Arrick
as Annie
Ned Beatty
as Kinney
John Cassavetes
as Nicky Godalin
Peter Falk
as Mikey
Carol Grace
as Nellie
William Hickey
as Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner
as Dave Resnick
M. Emmet Walsh
as Bus Driver
Sy Travers
as Hotel Clerk
Peter R. Scoppa
as Counter Man
Virginia Smith
as Jan's Mother
Jean Shevlin
as Lady on Bus
Danny Klein
as Harry
Martin Wolfson
as Candy Store Man
David Pendleton
as Bar Patron
Will Gill Jr.
as Bartender
Reuben Greene
as Franklyn
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All Critics (13)

An intriguing detour for Elaine May...

Full Review… | March 3, 2016

[VIDEO ESSAY] Elaine May wrote and directed "Mikey and Nicky" (1976) as a feminist think piece driven by her volatile male characters.

Full Review… | June 1, 2015

Elaine May's feature not only stars John Cassavetes, but also feels like a tribute to his work (particularly Husbands).

Full Review… | June 23, 2011

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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006

The impeccably played Mikey & Nicky moves with such certainty and glory that it emerges as an underrated masterpiece.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

A powerful dark tale that is emotional and profound in its unsentimental characterization of lowly underworld figures.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
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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
Adam Mahler

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

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin "The Ninja"

Super Reviewer

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