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Oscar [1991] (1 disc)

Director:John Landis
Writer:Jim Mulholland
Michael Barrie
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:109 minutes
(1 hour 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:13%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Angelo "Snaps" Provolone made his dying father a promise on his deathbed: he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. Despite having no experience in making money in a legal fashion, Snaps sets about to keep his promise. He is faced with numerous problems: henchmen who know nothing but crime, the police who are convinced he is hatching a master plan, and Oscar, who has just got his daughter pregnant.

Reaction: Very funny and under-appreciated. My family can't stop quoting it.

Personal Rating: 8/10

John Landis => Director
Jim Mulholland => Writer / Oscar
Michael Barrie => Writer
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Claude Magnier => Play
Arleen Sorkin => Vendetti's Manicurist
Art LaFleur => Officer Quinn
Chazz Palminteri => Connie
Don Ameche => Father Clemente
Eddie Bracken => Five Spot Charlie
Elizabeth Barondes => Theresa
Harry Shearer => Guido Finucci
Jim Abrahams => Postman (uncredited)
Joe Dante => Face on the Cutting Room Floor
Joey Travolta => Ace
Joycelyn O'Brien => Nora
Kai Wulff => Underwood Chauffeur
Ken Howard => Kirkwood
Kirk Douglas => Eduardo Provolone
Kurtwood Smith => Lt. Toomey, Chicago PD
Linda Gray => Roxanne
Marisa Tomei => Lisa Provolone
Mark Metcalf => Milhous
Marshall Bell => Reporter #1
Martin Ferrero => Luigi Finucci
Ornella Muti => Sofia Provolone
Peter Riegert => Aldo
Richard Romanus => Vendetti
Robert Lesser => Officer Keough
Sam Chew Jr. => Van Leland
Sylvester Stallone => Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
Tim Curry => Dr. Thornton Poole
Vincent Spano => Anthony Rossano
William Atherton => Overton
Yvonne De Carlo => Aunt Rosa

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The name of the horse on which one of Snaps' henchmen places a bet is High Hat - the name of the horse ridden by [?] Harpo Marx in A Day at the Races.
  • One night, after filming wrapped, a fire destroyed several sets, many of the actors' trailers (among them Tim Curry's), all of the costumes, and 21 valuable vintage cars. Production was halted for two weeks while they were remaking all of the costumes. A Universal security guard hired to guard the cars later admitted to setting the fire.
  • [?] Victor Mature was approached for the role of Sylvester Stallone's father which eventually went to Kirk Douglas instead.
  • Starring as the title character Oscar, this is Jim Mulholland's feature debut, and his only film.
  • Marisa Tomei plays the daughter of Ornella Muti in this film. Muti, born in 1955, is only nine years older than Tomei, born in 1964.
  • This film is based on the 1958 French play Oscar by Claude Magnier.
  • Final US studio film of Yvonne De Carlo.
  • At the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991 which went to Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone in his tribute to Douglas recalled the filming of the scene where he hits Stallone in the face. After a swing and miss, Stallone jokingly told Douglas to slap him hard. "Let me have your best", whereupon Douglas proceeded to beat Stallone silly. Stallone said "I learned the hard way: never spar with Spartacus".
  • The club where Anthony tells Angelo Provolone he met his daughter is called Club 33, which is a real private club hidden in Disneyland.