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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.

Director:

Elaine May

Writer:

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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Taglines:

Honor - and betrayal - among thugs. See more »

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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Falk was convinced that Ned Beatty was the brother of Warren Beatty. When he found out they were only a few months apart, he broke out into hives with embarrassment and stopped production for the day. See more »

Goofs

When Mikey is in the street picking up pieces of his watch, multiple crew members are behind him ducking behind bushes and moving around the 1 hr 9 min mark. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: It's very hard to talk to a dead person. I have nothing in common.
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Connections

References The Laughing Policeman (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Train
by Kenny Gamble (as K. Gamble) and Leon Huff (as L. Huff)
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A nice tight character driven study.
5 January 2005 | by sambsonwayfinder13See all my reviews

A great film! Though I have yet to see any of Elaine May's other films, I find that this one quickly puts her on an eccentric list of directors. Anyone who's a Casavettes (or Falk) fan must see. A nice tight character driven study. Oddly enough; might be grouped with Wings Of Desire (Wenders) and Requiem For A Dream (Aronofsky); though without the mystical elements. In fact, anyone who appreciates Aronofsky (PI, Requiem, etc.) might find this rather satisfying. Understood there were continuity glitches, but found these to be rather endearing; though I'm unsure whether May intended these to be illustrative of certain a character mindset or not. If this were the case I could also see a certain brief parallel to Momento (Nolan), which also brings in Insomnia. If any of these references ring a pleasant bell, find this film; it's worth it.


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