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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Elaine May
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On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
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Ned Beatty
as Kinney
John Cassavetes
as Nicky Godalin
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
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 (22) | Top Critics (7)

A chaotic blend of comedy and horror, tenderness and brutality, self-revealing intimacy and brazen power plays.

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August 9, 2002
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L.A. Weekly
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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

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

Tim Sigur

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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.

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