Mikey and Nicky

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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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It is a vivid, almost sensually rancid slice of 1970s cinema, a movie in which you can almost taste the sweat in the air.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[Mikey and Nicky] is always moving forward, building and building towards its heartbreaking climax.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Despite several fine moments and a terrific performance by Peter Falk, this one ultimately comes up short.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Strip Mikey and Nicky of its genre particulars, its gangster trappings, and what remains is a recognizable story of two friends at loggerheads.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

An intriguing detour for Elaine May...

Mar 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Jun 1, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mikey and Nicky

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

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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"
Kevin "The Ninja"

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[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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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