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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.

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Elaine May

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Elaine May
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Mikey
John Cassavetes ... Nicky Godalin
Ned Beatty ... Kinney
Rose Arrick Rose Arrick ... Annie
Carol Grace ... Nellie
William Hickey ... Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner ... Dave Resnick
Joyce Van Patten ... Jan
M. Emmet Walsh ... Bus Driver
Sy Travers Sy Travers ... Hotel Clerk
Peter R. Scoppa ... Counter Man
Virginia Smith Virginia Smith ... Jan's Mother
Jean Shevlin ... Lady on Bus
Danny Klein Danny Klein ... Harry
Martin Wolfson ... Candy Store Man
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Storyline

Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won't let him in: his moods swing. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Their sojourn - on foot and in a city bus - takes them to a bar, a club, toward a movie theater, to the cemetery where Nick's mom is buried, and to Nick's girlfriend's apartment. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who's getting information from someone is indeed looking for Nick. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogo Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The top-billed movie at the cinema, "Time of the Iron Hand", is probably an unofficial alternative title for Fist Of Fury. See more »

Goofs

Sitting in a bus after having been to the graveyard Nicky is smoking a cigarette. It keeps disappearing and reappearing and it is randomly getting shorter and longer. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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Referenced in Hardcore (1979) See more »

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Love Train
by Kenny Gamble (as K. Gamble) and Leon Huff (as L. Huff)
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Not without merit, though it eventually outstays its welcome
19 May 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I decided to take a chance on this movie when I stumbled upon it in my neighborhood video store. I feel I should mention that I'm not a fan of Cassavetes' films, though I did know that he just acted in this movie and didn't write or direct. Cassavetes does give a good performance in the movie - in fact, all the other actors give good performances as well. Under the direction of Elaine May, the performances have a relaxed and unrehearsed feeling; at times I almost thought I was seeing real people caught by a hidden camera. May also captures the grit of an American city in the 1970s before things got cleaned up. Despite this good stuff, however, the movie eventually becomes somewhat tiresome. The Cassavetes character eventually becomes obnoxious and frustrating because we never really learn how he got into trouble. And after a time, you start to wonder where this thin story is going - you have to wait until the last half hour before the plot starts moving again. Not a terrible movie, but the script should have gone through a couple more rewrites before filming started.


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