Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Angelica Huston, Robert Loggia
Director: John Huston
In this dark comedy about doomed romance, Jack Nicholson stars as a hitman for the Prizzi family, big wigs in the organised crime game. But when he meets a beautiful blonde at a family wedding, things start to go wrong. She’s a hitman too, and soon, with the machinations of the exiled daughter of one of the kingpins, the assassins are hired to kill… each other!
It’s a bit of an odd film. Anjelica Huston, who was Nicholsons squeeze at the time, stars as a woman who left him at the altar and has been rejected by the family, but wants back in. She’s incredibly beautiful, and plays so well as the determined, hurt woman, who also has something very steel like about her. Kathleen Turner, as the love and rival assassin, is blonde and innocant looking in contrast, even though she kills for a living.
Whilst the other characters orbit around the trio, some of them eerily sinister but somehow always just a little on the funny side, Nicholson is the heart of this film. Everyone is hamming it up just a little bit, but it works because he has that unique and rogueish charm all his own. You can believe that he’d fall for a beautiful blonde, and also that he might kill people for a living.
John Huston’s fortieth film, this one was nominated for eight oscars but only Anjelica Huston won, for best supporting actress. And she is quite fascinating in this film, like a femme fatale. Hailed as a comedic gem, the films end is perhaps not what you’d expect but is exactly what the film needs, somehow. It’s not really an uplifting comedy, more an exploration of living and dying by the sword, or perhaps a commentary of how true love can’t survive modern times. Either way, there’s something about this film.
See It If: you’ve ever fallen in love with the wrong person… darkly comic, this is a film for those of you who like their comedy or romance with a bit of bite.