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Dick Tracy [1990] (1 disc)

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Director:Warren Beatty
Writer:Jack Epps Jr.
Jim Cash
Composer:Danny Elfman
Songs:Stephen Sondheim
Length:105 minutes
(1 hour 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:66%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Kids
  • Mystery
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Synopsis: The number one cop in town takes on all of the bad guys around at once.


Reaction: Not terrific, but the bad guys are interesting to look at and ... well, ... just that.


Personal Rating: 6/10

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Warren Beatty => Director / Dick Tracy
Jack Epps Jr. => Writer
Jim Cash => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Stephen Sondheim => Songs
Al Pacino => Big Boy Caprice
Catherine O'Hara => Texie Garcia
Charles Durning => Chief Brandon
Charlie Korsmo => Kid
Colm Meaney => Cop at Tess'
Dick Van Dyke => D.A. Fletcher
Dustin Hoffman => Mumbles
Estelle Parsons => Mrs. Trueheart
Glenne Headly => Tess Trueheart
Ian Wolfe => Forger
James Caan => Spaldoni
James Tolkan => Numbers
John Schuck => Reporter
Kathy Bates => Mrs. Green
Madonna => Breathless Mahoney
Mandy Patinkin => 88 Keys
Paul Sorvino => Lips Manlis
Robert Costanzo => Lips' Bodyguard

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In this film, Al Pacino co-stars with James Caan as rival gangsters. In The Godfather, Pacino played Michael Corleone and Caan played his brother, Sonny.
  • Cameos by: Kathy Bates, James Caan, Dick Van Dyke, Dustin Hoffman, Catherine O'Hara, Estelle Parsons, Paul Sorvino, [?] Mary Woronov, [?] Allen Garfield, Michael J. Pollard, John Schuck and Charles Fleischer.
  • At the time of filming, Madonna had a relationship with Warren Beatty.
  • Danny Elfman was hired to compose the film score because Warren Beatty was impressed with his work on Batman. Of working with Beatty, Elfman has said "Warren was insane".
  • The highest-grossing film of Warren Beatty's career.
  • Warren Beatty originally wanted [?] Bob Fosse to direct, but Fosse turned him down. [?] Martin Scorsese was also a fan of the comic strip and considered directing at one point, but he lost interest and chose to make Goodfellas.
  • During the make-up tests it was suggested that Warren Beatty be given the detective's famous hooked nose. But after some initial tests the make-up artists decided that it would have been a crime to hide one of the cinema's most famous faces behind putty and latex.
  • Dustin Hoffman made a cameo as Mumbles as a favor for Warren Beatty.
  • The garage shooting that opens the movie was inspired by the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" in which [?] Al Capone's gunmen killed a group of rival hoods in a garage. In the [Dick Tracy] comics, "Big Boy" Caprice's character was originally was inspired by [?] Al Capone.
  • One of the hardest characters for the make-up artists to create was "Littleface" Finney, one of the hoodlums killed in the garage shootout at the beginning of the film. The character, as created in the comics, has a normal sized head with a face no bigger the average adult nose. In order to create this effect, a child was cast as Finney and then fitted into an over-sized body and made-up head as shown by behind the scenes photos. His voice is overdubbed in the film and cut-away shots where you only see his back were done with an adult actor.
  • Dick Van Dyke who only worked on the film for three days, broke his shoulder when he was shooting the scene where his character is murdered by The Blank. That take was the one that was eventually used in the film.