My Cousin Vinny

Release Date: March 13th, 1992

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2000

R |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

New York lawyer Vinny has never won a case. When his teenage cousin Bill and his friend Stan are accused of murder in a backwater Alabama town, it's up to the nervous Vinny to save him from jail, even though he's only ever tried personal injury cases before, and none of them successfully.

Cast: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, Austin Pendleton, Bruce McGill

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Transformation , Friend , Cheeky , Girlfriend , Family , Hilarious , 1990s , Judge , Friendship , Rise , Hotel , Mystery , Murder , Underdog , Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    A good-hearted comedy of clashing cultures. The film finds great fun in coaxing out and mocking a range of regional differences, from mutually impenetrable accents to radical variants in dress codes, but miraculously never descends to broad, dismissive caricatures. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Taken a little too seriously, My Cousin Vinny can be seen as a celebration of the breadth and richness of the American landscape. Maybe the movie isn't exactly about that, but to enjoy it is, in a small way, to celebrate that richness. [13 Mar 1992, p.D3]

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    My Cousin Vinny is a terrific variation on the fish-out-of-water/man-from-Mars story formula. Starring Joe Pesci as a slicker in the land of grits, My Cousin Vinny should tickle funny bones in every region and ring out a green spring for 20th Century Fox at the box office. show more

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Awards

Winner Actress in a Supporting Role