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A Fine Mess (1986)

An actor and a chef fathom a plot to fix a horse race and attempt at capitalizing it, while striving to tackle two of the hitmen responsible for the scheme.

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Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Spence Holden
Howie Mandel ... Dennis Powell
Richard Mulligan ... Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
Stuart Margolin ... Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards ... Ellen Frankenthaler
Paul Sorvino ... Tony Pazzo
Rick Ducommun ... Wardell
Keye Luke ... Ishimine
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... TV Reporter
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Auctioneer
Tawny Moyer ... Leading Lady
Emma Walton Hamilton ... First Extra
Carrie Leigh Carrie Leigh ... Second Extra
Sharan Lea ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Two friends, an actor and a chef, discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to capitalize on it. But they must also deal with the two men who fixed the race, who are trying to silence them. Then there's the mob boss the two guys work for, who planned the fix, and whose wife is having an affair with the actor. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,620,657, 10 August 1986

Gross USA:

$6,029,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,029,824
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The nick-name of Maurice Dzundza (Stuart Margolin) was "Binky" whilst the nick-name of Wayne Farragalla (Richard Mulligan) was "Turnip". See more »

Goofs

When Dennis and Spence try to outrun the cops in their stolen racetrack car, an interior shot shows them driving on a regular street. Yet an exterior shot shows them driving on blacktop streets. See more »

Quotes

Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella: It's a real Art Deco!
Tony Pazzo: Never heard of the bum!
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss (as George Weiss)
Produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Richard Dashut
Performed by Christine McVie
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A fine....little distraction
3 August 2005 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

A definite "check your brain at the door" comedy, one of the most plot less films ever, but manages some good characters and situations. Danson, pigeon-holed as his "Cheers" character Sam Malone, plays another womanizer here, this time an actor. While shooting a film at a racetrack, he overhears the doping of a philly, and though seen, decides to bet the horse the next day. Two movie-type hit men dingbats spend the next twenty minutes chasing him by foot and car all over the place. Along for the ride is Danson's buddy Mandel, who gets swept up in the madness. There's also an auctioneer, a Mob wife, her grumbling husband, two cops on the trail, and a disgruntled brother in law. Edwards attempt at an all-out comedy comes off here and there, but the film has no real direction. A bunch of gags are clustered along the business of Danson and Mandel avoiding a bullet from the two hitguys. But for whatever reason, I let it slide and just enjoyed what was given. Danson at about 40 and Mandel in his 20s, though never explained how they know each other, had a great chemistry. Seemed like they had been buddies a while, and clicked on-screen. Throw in some Mandel bits like voices or eating soap, and you can't help but laugh. Especially his moment in an Indian restaurant where he disregards the diners and lets loose after eating....something. Danson milks being slapped in the face and chasing women, and an odd boon to the film is the up-beat soundtrack. From the Temptations to Mr. Mister, it came off energetic. In fact, I don't recall any scenes of score used in the film. It all culminates in a chaotic finish involving a piano and another chase, so it may be worth a shot if you're into stretching your funnybone.


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