Oscar (1991)

  • Time: 109 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Director: John Landis
  • Cast: Chazz Palminteri, Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Peter Riegert


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.

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  • If you don’t smile at least once for this film, you’re not paying attention and you have no sense of humor.

    This plot was focused and the writers knew it when they went through the character development. They cut out items that would have slowed the plot and kept you on your seat with surprises everywhere. Even when you expect something to happen, the reaction still brings a laugh. After they laid the pavement and structure for the storyline, they group big name actors and ones you wouldn’t even think belong in this satire of movie, yet the overlying development takes over to make it even more hilarious. Stalone in a comedy, Tomei as a bratty rich daughter, Curry as an elocution teacher, and more that draw you right in as the film moves along. You have to keep on your toes just to name all the actors that pass through the scenes.

    The movie, set during prohibition, starts with a gangster’s father passing away and begs that his son give up being a Chicago bootlegging crook. The next day his accountant shows up asking the ex-mob boss for his daughter’s hand in matrimony. However, the person the accountant wants to ask to be his bride is not really the daughter of the gangster. The unwitting father, ready to become a straight investment banker, doesn’t realize this and goes to his actual daughter to tell her his upsetting news. The story unfolds as he unwittingly finds out his could be son-in-law stole $50,000 from his books and tries to get it back, get a husband for his real daughter, have his elocution lesson, and size a new suit before bankers arrive to help him invest his money in their vaults. Meanwhile the Feds are watching and have high doubts the crime leader gone straight has heeded his father’s word.

    Wonderful piece to add to any movie collection and great for those who just want a good laugh now and then. Something that would be enjoyed to watch back on the big screen.

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