Prizzi's Honor

D: John Huston
ABC (John Foreman)
US 1985
129 mins


W: Richard Condon & Janet Roach [based on the novel by Richard Condon]
DP: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Ed: Rudi Fehr & Kaja Fehr
Mus: Alex North
PD: Dennis Washington 
Cos: Donfeld

Jack Nicholson (Charley Partanna), Kathleen Turner (Irene Walker), Robert Loggia (Eduardo Prizzi), William Hickey (Don Corrado Prizzi), John Randolph (Angelo Partanna), Anjelica Huston (Maerose Prizzi)

Jack Nicholson & Kathleen Turner star as hired killers for rival Mafia family's who fall in love when meeting at a wedding, only later to be assigned to assassinate each other.
Critically lauded on its original release, the film is frankly, incredibly slow to get going with a needlessly puzzling presentation with a large cast of characters. For a black comedy, it could have done with a more focused narrative with sharper jokes. The performances are fine, especially Anjelica Huston who won an Oscar for her work, but for me, this is amongst the most overrated films of the 1980's, (though I'll happily admit that I was probably too young to appreciate it when I first watched it). 
Kathleen Turner & Jack Nicholson in Prizzi's Honor
Kathleen Turner & Jack Nicholson in Prizzi's Honor