Charley Patanna (Jack 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 (Anjelica 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 - each other!
Pretty average, despite the awards, the A-list cast and the director
- Prizzi's Honor review by RP
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Richard Condon is one of my favourite authors - I like his excruciating detail and the sharp satire he brings to bear. Several of his books have been filmed: the best known is probably 'The Manchurian Candidate' (twice) and 'Prizzi's Honor' is another, based on the first of a series of Condon's books.
I've been catching up a few of Jack Nicholson's films that I've either missed or seen many years ago and he stars in this black comedy as Charley Partanna, a dim-witted Mafia hitman working for the Prizzi family. He falls for Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner), spurning Maerose Prizzi (Anjelica Huston) in the process, but does not initially know that Irene is also a contract killer and double-crossing the organisation. Things go downhill as Irene is hired to whack Charley, and Charley is told that Irene 'has to go'...
Anjelica Huston won a 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar but good acting must have been thin on the ground that year - it's really nothing special. The film won several Golden Globes for its stars and director and a BAFTA for 'Best Screenplay' but it really doesn't seem all that great and while it's not unlikeable it is most definitely not one of Mr Nicholson's best.
3/5 stars. Pretty average, despite the awards, the A-list cast and the director.