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Mikey and Nicky

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • MICKEY AND NICKY was released in New York City on December 21, 1976. The film was originally intended as a summer 1975 release, then moved to Christmas 1975 due to editing problems. May missed the film's delivery date by almost a year because of her well-known perfectionism in the editing process. Litigation followed between the director and Paramount, with Paramount gaining possession of the film with final cut privilege. May didn't direct again for nearly twelve years. The film's original $1.8 million budget ballooned to nearly $4.3 million by the time May turned the film over to Paramount. Angered over May's contentiousness during filming and editing, Paramount booked the completed film into theaters for a few days to satisfy contractual obligations, but they failed to give the film its full support. Ten years later, a new version of the film--approved by May--was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (Directors Guild of America, Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute), November 17, 1986. The film was also shown at the United States Film Festival in Park City, Utah (Tribute to John Cassavetes) January 25, 1989. May originally cast Paramount president Frank Yablans as a gangster, but the chairman of parent company Gulf + Western, Charles Bluhdorn, was not amused, and demanded she recast. Watch for the terrible continuity throughout: Mikey's and Nicky's cigarette's appear and disappear throughout the second bus scene; Mikey's watch wrapped in a handkerchief magically disppears from his hands; the hit man's car has one headlight for half the film, then miraculously has the broken one suddenly repaired.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MIK040

  • Credits
    John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, Ned Beatty, Joyce Van Patten, Sanford Meisner, Sandy Meisner, Carol Grace, Carolyn Grace, William Hickey, Bill Hickey
  • Critic Reviews
    "It's an offbeat gem of a gangster picture with must-see performances and a thorny conundrum at its core."
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