Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prizzi's Honor (1985) Hired Killers By Day..lovers by night

Prizzi's Honor 1985 /  MGM Studios
Directed By: John Huston
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Angelica Huston, Robert Loggia

~ Costume Design: Donfeld
~ Original Music: Alex North


Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next assignment was each other.

~ The film was nominated for 14 awards (Academy & Golden Globes) and won 5.
                                              Academy Award
1986 WonOscarBest Actress in a Supporting Role - Anjelica Huston
NominatedOscarBest Actor in a Leading Role - Jack Nicholson
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - William Hickey
Best Costume Design - Donfeld
Best Director - John Huston
Best Film Editing - Rudi Fehr & Kaja Fehr
Best Picture - John Foreman
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Richard Condon & Janet Roach

                                                         Golden Globe
1986 WonGolden GlobeBest Director - Motion Picture
John Huston
Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy/Musical Motion Picture  - Jack Nicholson
Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy/Musical Motion Picture - Kathleen Turner
NominatedGolden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Anjelica Huston
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Janet Roach & Richard Condon

~ The film was adapted from a novel with the same name.


There are two highly successful contract killers (hit-man) one is the best at his game on the East Coast, Charley Partanna (Nicholson) and another the best on the West Coast, Irene Walker (Turner). Charley is under contract for the Prizzi family headed by Don Corrado (Williams Hickey).  Irene and Charley meet at a Prizzi family wedding and start to fall in love with one another. At this time Irene lies and states she is tax consultant where in fact she is also is hired by the Prizzi family to be under contract to murder people for them. They quickly spend a lot of time together and go on hits with the other not knowing and then soon have wed one another.

Charley finds out that his beloved Irene has betrayed the Prizzi's and is under "contract" and has stolen their money in a casino. This spells trouble in a big way. A decision needs to take place for Charley it is either the code of honor with the Prizi's or keep his love with his love Irene.

This is a dark comedy with many twists and turns that has a superb cast with everyone perfectly cast. The famous director John Houston did another lovely job with this film which rounds out a great 1980's movie.


  1. I'd actually forgotten how many great films Kathleen Turner made in her heyday and I'd never realised Prizzi's Honor was directed by the great John Huston.

    I think it might be time I had a Kathleen Turner Movie marathon!

    1. Hi Paul,

      I am very happy that our 1980's leading ladies such as Kathleen Turner shows people just how great each is. Kathleen starting right off in 1981 was a major force in the 1980's making many terriffic films taht are worth seeing. A marathon sounds like a fun idea to me! Meryl and Michelle Pfeiffer are up next! Let me know what you think after you watch your marathon.