Oscar 1991

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Comedy farce set during a Prohibition and packed with mistaken identities and stolen jewels. Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone (Sylvester Stallone) is a New York mobster who decides to go straight, then runs into problems when nobody believes this sudden change of heart. Meanwhile, his accountant has swindled him out of half a million dollars and his daughter is in love with Mr Wrong. Concrete shoes were once the obvious solution but now...

Starring:
Tim Curry, Kirk Douglas
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Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Tim Curry, Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Don Ameche
Director John Landis
Genres Comedy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 February 2005
Main languages English

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2000
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This is Stallone's best film. He plays a gangster promises his dying father that he will go straight. Nobody is ready for this. Local bankers want his money. Local law enforcement wants to make a pinch. His accountant wants a raise. His elocution instructor (Tim Curry) is eyeing his daughter. His maid is moving up in the world. The Finuccis have him covered. Several black bags are exchanged. And who is Oscar?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 April 2012
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Sylvester Stallone isn't the first name you think of when it comes to French farce, but John Landis' 1991 adaptation of Claude Magnier's Oscar shows he had a surprising knack for it. Of course, no longer being set among the France bourgeoisie but relocated to 1931 America with Stallone as a gangster who's promised his dying father (Kirk Douglas) that he'll go straight helps a lot, with the film feeling like a stylish 90s version of the kind of Runyonesque gangster comedy that Edward G. Robinson would turn out at Warners inbetween making serious ones back in the Golden Age.

Unfortunately, the day that Stallone plans to go legit by buying into a respectable and deeply snobby bank goes increasingly from worse to worser from the moment his accountant Vincent Spano asks for the hand of his daughter while assuring him he can keep her in the style she's accustomed to because he's been embezzling from him for years. From then on it's a revolving door situation as events veer out of control as new characters and complications arise while the Feds and rival gangsters are convinced he's still a criminal out to pull the biggest deal of his life and both are determined to stop him permanently. Every standard farce situation is there, from mistaken identities to switched suitcases, but most of them work surprisingly well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ashwell on 26 Feb. 2011
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First of all, do not approach this film if you are expecting something similar to the slapstick and sight gags to be found in other John Landis films like The Blues Brothers or Trading Places. This is a faithful recreation of a 1930's style farce, based on a stage play, with snappy dialogue & several cases of mistaken identity. Its stage roots are obvious, in the set design & the performances, but this isn't to say that the actors are on autopilot. Chazz Palminteri & Peter Riegert are terrific in their supporting roles; the scenes between Sylvester Stallone & Vincent Spano are great; Marisa Tomei delivers another good performance and Kirk Douglas' cameo is hilarious. Tim Curry mugs it up a little too much, and the only disappointment is Ornella Muti - She's beautiful but seems to do very little but shout.

I won't go into the plot: that's what Wikipedia is for. It twists and turns a little but the viewer can always see where it's going. (Almost) all the performances are solid, the script keeps everything moving well despite the majority of the plot taking place in just four rooms, and the '30's atmosphere is perfectly recreated. Unfortunately this recreation is both the main strength & the greatest failing. If you're not a fan of '30's comedy or gangster movies of the same era this will leave you cold. It failed to find an audience on its initial release and continues to be criminally overlooked.

Give it a chance... you might actually like it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manda-Jane Warner on 25 April 2007
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I brought this film bargin basement stylee, £3 but for sly i couldnt resist. Ok, so i am fantastically bias because i have a bit of a thing for sly but honestly this was a well spent evening, i laughed out loud its funny and light hearted, and the supporting case as fabulous. My only problem was the little guy singing on the opening credits-what the heck was that about
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2005
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Sylvester Stallone(Snaps Provolone)is going straight whilst being under suspician from another mafia family and the police.Very funny mafia film with Snaps daughter(Marisa Tomei) willing to do anything and marry anyone to get out of her parents clutches.Watch out for the Venuchi brothers are they really only tailors or dangerous Hitmen?Tim Curry is hilarious as the elecution teacher for Snaps and a poor victim for his daughter as yet another potential husband.The bag scene will keep you on your toes.Who is Oscar,watch the film and find out?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 3 May 2005
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Sylvester Stallone plays a gangster (Snaps Provolone.) He promises his dying father (Kirk Douglas) that he will go straight. Nobody is ready for this. Local bankers want his money. Local law enforcement wants to make a pinch. His accountant wants a raise. His elocution instructor (Tim Curry) is eyeing his daughter. His maid is moving up in the world. The Finuccis have him covered. Several black bags are exchanged. And who is Oscar?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shak. I on 27 July 2012
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Although known for his action hero and underdog roles in Rocky and Rambo, Stallone proves he can do comedy as well in this underrated lighthearted comedy.

He plays a gangster named Angelo who decides to go straight and the entire film is set during the morning of his preparation to become an investment banker. Between the hours of 8am and 12pm, he is embroiled in a confusing but nevertheless hilarious chain of events that unfold.

It gets a little confusing at times but repeat viewings help understand the multi-layered storyline better and makes it funnier. There are some gags that get tired after a while but there are still plenty of funny moments.

If you are a Stallone fan, its worth buying to watch on a Sunny Sunday afternoon with whole family.
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