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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 August 1999 (USA)
An English auctioneer proposes to the daughter of a Mafia kingpin, only to realize that certain "favors" would be asked of him.

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Kelly Makin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Michael Felgate
James Caan ... Frank Vitale
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Gina Vitale
Burt Young ... Vito Graziosi
James Fox ... Philip Cromwell
Joe Viterelli ... Vinnie D'Agostino
Gerry Becker ... FBI Agent Bob Connell
Maddie Corman ... Carol the Photographer
Tony Darrow ... Angelo
Paul Lazar ... Ritchie Vitale
Vincent Pastore ... Al
Frank Pellegrino ... Sante
Scott Thompson ... FBI Agent Lewis
John Ventimiglia ... Johnny Graziosi
Margaret Devine ... Helen, Michael's Assistant
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Storyline

An art-house auctioneer finds himself getting in deeper and deeper with the mob after learning that his teacher girlfriend is the daughter of a major mobster. Things get worse when a godfather decides to launder his no-talent son's gory paintings through the art house and gets the FBI into the picture. Everything then falls apart when the son is accidentally shot. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

A romantic comedy you can't refuse. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Castle Rock

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mickey Blue Eyes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,178,289, 22 August 1999

Gross USA:

$33,864,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,264,342
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features at least eight cast members from The Sopranos (1999): Tony Sirico, John Ventimiglia, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, Joseph R. Gannascoli, and Frank Pellegrino. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, during the wedding scene, an FBI agents' earphone is shown on the left side of his head, and in the next shot with him it's shown on the right side of his head. See more »

Quotes

[Gina is trying to explain to Michael why she can't marry him]
Gina Vitale: I can't talk about this in the house.
Gina Vitale: [Gina begins throwing on clothes over her pajamas]
Michael Felgate: Where are we going?
Gina Vitale: Out.
Michael Felgate: Right. Nowhere too dressy, I hope
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Crazy Credits

As the movie ends, "THE THE END" is displayed on the screen. This refers to Frank's restaurant, The La Trattoria, which translates to The The Trattoria. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: D-Girl (2000) See more »

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We Are the Champions
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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Unflattering caricature
25 December 2000 | by MinofedSee all my reviews

It took only a few movies for Hugh Grant to become a caricature of himself. He first gained notice as the hopeless romantic in "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Audiences fell in love with his good looks, deadpan delivery and ability to convey hurt. He was even better in "Notting Hill," and added just the right note of foppishness. But in "Mickey Blue Eyes"-perhaps because he is miscast-all of these once-endearing traits now seem annoying. The floppish hair once endearing in Notting Hill now seems to be a distraction. His repeated use of the word "right," just right in Notting Hill, seems annoying here. Perhaps the problem is that the previous two films were fresh and well written. "Mickey Blue Eyes" is neither. Perhaps it's time for Grant's character to move in a new direction and to once again display the talent he showed in "Remains of the Day."

"Mickey Blue Eyes'" plot about an auctioneer about to become engaged to what turns out to be a Mafia princess is okay. And the idea of using an auction to launder money is fresh. But the second half of the film goes down hill quickly. And the supposed tragic ending is too obviously a ruse.

The only two saving graces in the movie are James Caan and Scott Thompson. It's been fascinating to watch Caan move from pretty boy ("Lady in a Cage" and "El Dorado") to real life and screen tough guy ("The Godfather") and now to comedian. Watch Caan's eyes-they seem to be in conflict with the rest of his body, letting us know that he knows a lot more than he's letting on.

Thompson, of the "Kids in the Hall" troupe, shines here as an FBI agent. He steals every scene he's in.


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