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the whole thing was just kinda awkward
plus it's laughable how many times they keep using that airplane transition from scene to scene
a majority of this is just lots and lots of discussions
there's not even any real gun-fighting and that ending was pretty silly the way it plays out before the credits
but Nicholson and Turner work well together
this movie just comes and goes
Kathleen Turner works hard. Jack Nicholson is good in the character, but in some ways it's just too grounded to pay much humor. Sometimes the story is clear. Sometimes it's convoluted. But Anjelica Huston is tragic, deviant, and hilarious.
Never have I seen Jack Nicholson look so utterly disinterested. Even in How Do You Know (2010) he appears to be trying to inject his character with some excitement and a small amount of the troubled, angry young man from Five Easy Pieces (1970) shines through. He can also be a talented comedic actor as shown by his portrayal of Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment (1983) but he loses all of that charisma here as he seems to be phoning it in. Beyond Nicholson, who is on screen throughout most of the film's running time, the movie is tonally all over the place and all of the genres it tries to touch upon are not interesting as it doesn't inspire laughs as a dark comedy and the two lovers involved in the central romance bore us to tears. John Huston is a great director but his next and final film, The Dead (1987), was his real late career masterpiece.
Dim witted hitman Charley Partanna, Jack Nicholson, works for the Prizzi crime family and was previously engaged to Maerose Prizzi, Anjelica Huston, the granddaughter of Don Corrado Prizzi, William Hickey. At a wedding he falls in love with the mysterious Irene Walker, Kathleen Turner, who he later finds out is the wife of Marksie Heller who robbed a casino the Prizzi family are involved in. Partanna overlooks this so that he can marry Walker and after the further revelation that she also works as a hit woman the two team up to take on enemies of the family. During a hit Walker accidentally shoots and kills an innocent woman which causes problems for the family while Walker also refuses to pay back the debts she owes to the family. Meanwhile, Maerose schemes to have Partanna to herself and turns the family against Walker who faces her own conflict with her husband.
One of the biggest issues with the comedy in the film is that every actor seems to think that they are in a different type of film. Hickey gives a very over the top performance as the Don full of affected mannerisms and odd speech patterns that would feel at home in a Harold Ramis comedy. Huston seems like she would fit better in a film like Dangerous Liaisons (1988) where the humor is derived from biting, smartly written dialogue but because Nicholson is not her equal we cannot enjoy her devious machinations as much as we did those of Glenn Close. Nicholson doesn't know where he is as he sounds bored while also seeming to try his hardest with an accent that never quite fits. Turner is never really asked to play a comedic role as her character is more involved in the dramatic sections of the film but the lack of chemistry between herself and Nicholson leaves us comatose during their scenes together which make up most of the film.
We are meant to believe that these two are involved in an epic, tragic love story that could only culminate in one killing the other despite their love for each other. Sadly because Turner and Nicholson are never believable as a couple it is hard to see why they would each give up so much to be together and when the far more attractive prospect of Huston exists it is difficult to see a shrill outsider stealing Nicholson's affections. The eventual death of Turner is not shocking, sad, poignant or funny because it is executed so strangely by Huston in a scene that has all of the right beats but feels overly staged and emotionally lifeless. At the end of the film we are left with the feeling that the far more interesting supporting character, Maerose, has been pushed aside so we can focus on two dull, doddering idiots who are not great company.
How this film picked up so many Academy Award nominations I will never understand as it is really a poorly made film on the whole. Of the nominations I would say that Huston earned a nominated but should not have won what with competition like Meg Tilly in Agnes of God (1985) and Amy Madigan in Twice in a Lifetime (1985). It's Best Picture nomination was totally undeserved as any number of films, from The Trip to Bountiful (1985) to Brazil (1985) would have been more deserving of a nomination.
The performance of William Hickey is worth the price of admission.
Yes, Blobbo will have a cookie, thank you.
A truly unfortunate blend of comedy and drama, and by âunfortunateâ? I mean ânonexistent.â? Hilariously enough, even Jack Nicholson himself rejected this script upon first glance for similar reasons. âItâ(TM)s a comedy?â He asked director John Huston. Perhaps he shouldâ(TM)ve went with his gut, for the resulting film features only a few meager attempts at making the audience even chuckle. But even with the filmâ(TM)s comedic failings aside, itâ(TM)s a fairly bland and listless drama as well. The main romance between Nicholson and Turner is ultimately rushed, leaving the audience with almost no investment for the second and third acts of the film. The crime-based plot in play is too convoluted and low-stakes for its majority for anyone to really care about the goings-on. Even the performances from legendary actors such as Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston (in an Academy Award winning role, ironically) just ended up feeling a bit too much like pastiched caricatures of actual people from Brooklyn. I ultimately left âPrizziâ(TM)s Honorâ? feeling much like the filmâ(TM)s protagonist at the end of the story â" disappointed, numb, and empty.
The best gangster comedy romance movie ever made! Or is it the best comedy gangster romance movie ever made?
Weirdly paced, especially for a black comedy. It does sort of lull you into a false sense of security so that when the bigger twists come you're more surprised, especially for that dark ending.
Overlooked but overrated penultimate work by John Huston, hot off his best film Under The Volcano.
Nominated for eight Oscars and winning Best Supporting Actress for Anjelica Huston, John Huston's artful black mob comedy makes for delightful entertainment with eccentrically antic performances and a luscious mystique.