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Prizzi's Honor

R In Theaters 07/17/2006 , 130min.
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Plot & Details

Richard Condon's delicious black comedy was lovingly translated to the screen by legendary director John Huston in one of his last movies. The Prizzis are a powerful family of mobsters, as devoted to their code of honor as they are to bending laws and breaking skulls. Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson), a Prizzi hit man, is not quite so honorable, at least where affairs of the heart are concerned. While attending a mob wedding, he throws over his longtime sweetheart Maerose Prizzi (Anjelica Huston) in favor of gorgeous Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner). Supposedly a tax consultant, Irene is actually a paid killer like Charley--and this endears her to him all the more. But when it turns out that Irene has betrayed the Prizzis, Charley finds himself on the horns of a dilemma: does he kill Irene or marry her? Fortuitously, Irene helps Charley make up his mind by attempting to kill him. The film's strongest suit is its matter-of-fact approach to Charley and Irene's profession; in the movie's most memorable scene, the two lovers calmly discuss their dinner plans while disposing of the corpse of their latest victim. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Prizzi's Honor won Best Supporting Actress for Huston's daughter Anjelica, playing the "art imitates life" role of Nicholson's cast-off girl friend. The win made Anjelica, John, and Walter Huston the only three generations of one family all to win Oscars.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Janet Roach Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director John Huston Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture John C. Foreman Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Richard Condon Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor William Hickey Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Jack Nicholson Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Anjelica Huston Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Kaja Fehr Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Donfeld Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Rudi Fehr Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Janet Roach Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy John Huston Won
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Kathleen Turner Won
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Jack Nicholson Won
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director John Huston Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Janet Roach Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Directors Guild of America Best Director John Huston Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Anjelica Huston Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Anjelica Huston Won
1985 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director John Huston Won
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Anjelica Huston Won
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won

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