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Dick Tracy

  • Children's
  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Warren Beatty
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

An incorruptible Chicago cop launches a relentless campaign to stop a ruthless gangster plotting to take control of the city. But the detective finds himself distracted by the attentions of a seductive nightclub singer and a faceless vigilante playing both sides against the middle. Comic-strip adventure, directed by and starring Warren Beatty, with Madonna, Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A strange yet successful departure for Warren Beatty, who nurtured this marvellous-looking rendition of the 1940s comic strip for several years and through many rewrites. Beatty takes the title role as the laconic and almost monosyllabic detective surrounded by villains of a more colourful hue, such as Al Pacino's Big Boy and William Forsythe's Flattop. The film was received with faint but reverential praise at the time because it was a great technical and ensemble achievement - even Madonna makes her mark as a sultry blonde bombshell - but Beatty fails to inject the enterprise with any great depth or warmth. Nevertheless, it still won three Oscars from seven nominations and stands as a near perfect example of how to bring florid characters off the drawn page and on to the moving screen.

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Credits

Cast

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Dick TracyWarren Beatty
Breathless MahoneyMadonna
Big Boy CapriceAl Pacino
Tess TrueheartGlenne Headly
KidCharlie Korsmo
88 KeysMandy Patinkin
Chief BrandonCharles Durning
Lips ManlisPaul Sorvino
FlattopWilliam Forsythe
MumblesDustin Hoffman
SpaldoniJames Caan
Mrs GreenKathy Bates
Da FletcherDick Van Dyke
Mrs TrueheartEstelle Parsons
StoogeJim Wilkey
ItchyEd O'Ross
ShouldersStig Eldred
The RodentNeil Summers
The BrowChuck Hicks

Crew

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DirectorWarren Beatty

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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