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Prizzi's Honor [VHS] [1985]

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, William Hickey
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: Janet Roach, Richard Condon
  • Producers: John Foreman
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 30 Oct. 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YVD7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hit-man Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson) falls in love with a 'tax consultant' (Kathleen Turner), who in fact turns out to be in the same business as him. Not only that, she represents the interests of a rival Mafia family, a discovery that places Charley in a classic head-versus-heart dilemma. This Oscar-winning black comedy was director John Huston's penultimate film.

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This director John Huston's black comedy masterpiece. Starring Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, it was nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and presented Anjelica Huston with the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her wry performance as Maerose Prizzi.

Charley Patanna (Nicholson) has been loyal to "The Family" since he can remember. If you need someone taken care of, he's your man - ready to kill at the drop of a dollar. Unknown to Charley, Boss Don Corrado Prizzi's daughter Maerose (Huston) has set her sights on him, but Charley has already fallen for sultry hit-woman Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner). However, their unlikely romance hits a problem when each is given a contract neither can go through with - on each other!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
Veteran Director John Huston's penultimate film is a black comedy masterpiece written by the author of the novel Richard Condon who co-wrote with Janet Roach the screenplay; Jack Nicholson heads up the cast as the dim-witted Mafia contract killer (Charley Partanna) that unknowing falls for fellow hit person Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner) in the process of having a romantic entanglement they are hired by their employers to kill each other, this was the film that the set the benchmark in satire when using "the family" as its subject matter .

In 1986 the director's daughter Anjelica won the Oscar for best supporting actress playing Maerose Prizzi the daughter of Boss Don Corrado Prizzi who has her sights on Charley, this film may seen a little old-fashioned compared to T.V. shows like "The Sopranos" or the other Oscar Mafia comedy from 1988 "Married to the Mob" with Alec Baldwin and Michelle Pffeiffer but Prizzi's Honor did the jokes first.

The DVD of this film is pretty poor quality the transfer is very grainy and the soundtrack is pretty flat this state of affairs should be fixed as John Houston is a very important American actor/director and his work deserves better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
This 1985 black comedy of New York mafia goings-on was something of a 'family affair’ (in my book, always something to be slightly wary of) – it being directed by John Huston (based on co-screenwriter Richard Condon’s novel) and starring the director’s daughter Angelica and her erstwhile partner Jack Nicholson as an estranged couple. Of course, all three have done much great work in their careers, and certainly anything with Nicholson in it is always worth seeing, but I must admit (on watching the film again) I was slightly surprised to see how many Oscar nominations it garnered (a reflection of the often mediocre 1980s Hollywood output) – albeit Ms Huston, in a rather underused role here, was fully deserving of her Best Supporting Actress win.

It’s also a (relatively) long film – at over two hours’ duration – and is (for me, at least) a very slow starter, as Nicholson’s hit man, Charley Partanna, (rather unconvincingly) falls for Kathleen Turner’s 'tax consultant’, Irene Walker, and a 'whirlwind romance’ ensues. Essentially a mix of romance, comedy and 'serious’ character drama, Huston’s film does the first much less convincingly (or compellingly) than the latter two. Of course, once we realise that Irene is also a contract killer, then the laughs ratchet up a notch and, as we enter the murky 'Godfather-like’ underworld of Charley’s extended family, the film’s themes of loyalty and honour (OK, honor) begin to grip. Thereafter, Huston’s film becomes an entertaining (highly) plot-driven character drama (with an increasing number of killer lines) and a case of 'who’s double-crossing who?’.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
So many of the laughs in Prizzi's Honor come from the plot twists (most of them included in the film's trailer, conspicuous by its absence on this DVD) that it's best not to go into it knowing too much. The fact that I'd forgotten so many of them is perhaps why I enjoyed it so much more the second time around. It's a civilized entertainment - perhaps a little too civilized at times, although William Hickey's deathly white vampiric Don gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Cookie Monster - elegantly made and plotted, which wasn't so rare in 1985 but these days is a positive novelty. Jack Nicholson's hamming it up again, but not as much as usual as the luckless Mafia enforcer who meets the woman of his dreams only to discover she's ripped off the family. His comparative restraint helps keep the film from disappearing into slapstick and ridicule, but he still feels something of an impostor in this world - far more so than Kathleen Turner, on good form here as his fatal attraction. Quietly enjoyable.

No real extras on the UK DVD apart from a few text trivia notes, but at least it isn't panned-and-scanned like other titles from theABC library but has an acceptable non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD
John Huston's marvellous slow-paced, mature dark comedy about love, loyalty, deception, betrayal, honour and magazine articles is a delight. Its cynical deadpan humour and pedestrian storytelling may feel laboured to some, but I thoroughly enjoyed its lingering cinematography, Italian music and subtle parody of the mafia gangster genre. In Coppola's Godfather when Diane Keaton is introduced to the Corleone clan by Al Pacino's Michael, she is a non-connected innocent outsider. In this film when Jack Nicholson's trusted Sicilian mob enforcer Charley Partanna introduces Kathleen Turner's Irene to the Prizzis, although she is an outsider she is far from being innocent, she is also a contract assassin and a suspect in the theft of money from a casino run by the family. Smitten Charley is in a quandary, as he asks his long-time friend and lover Maerose Prizzi (an Oscar winning performance by Anjelica Huston) "do I ice her or do I marry her?" There is an inevitable logic to the narrative which does not disappoint and although the film's ending is certainly abrupt it does not detract from everything which precedes.
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