Based off of a comic book created by Chester Ghould. Dick Tracy is one of the toughest and the best police officer for the city. He is currently on the hunt for the biggest crime boss named Big Boy Caprice who recently killed off the former crime boss Lips Manless. Now Big Boy is rallying up all of the criminals in the city who are not only trying to make the city bow to Big Boy’s wishes but to eliminate Tracy their only huge competition. However Tracy is facing with a whole lot of issues, as he is trying to not only track down Big Boy, but to keep his girlfriend Tess Trueheart, take care of a nameless orphan and dodge a seductive club dancer Breathless Mahoney and a mysterious gangster named “The Blank”. Can Tracy overcome these obstacles and save the city? –IMDb
It might have been easy to write off American actor Warren Beatty as merely the younger brother of film star Shirley MacLaine, were it not for the fact that Beatty was a profoundly gifted performer whose creative range extended beyond mere acting. After studying at Northwestern University and with acting coach Stella Adler, Beatty was being groomed for stardom almost before he was of voting age, cast in prominent supporting roles in TV dramas and attaining the recurring part of the insufferable Milton Armitage on the TV sitcom Dobie Gillis. Beatty left Dobie after a handful of episodes, writing off his part as “ridiculous,” and headed for the stage, where he appeared in a stock production of Compulsion and in William Inge’s Broadway play A Loss of Roses.
The actor’s auspicious film debut occurred in Splendor in the Grass (1961), after which he spent a number of years being written off by the more narrow-minded movie critics as a would-be Brando. Both Beatty… read more
Ok I saw this in the theater back in the day. The costumes and sets are amazing. But, unfortunately, I don't think that Warren Beatty fits the role for Dick Tracy - too pretty boy (yes even at that age), and not enough grit. Mr. Ambivalent. Dick Tracy needs to be a bit starker looks and voice-wise. But a great film visually. Even with Madonna. ;)
Taking the comic strip concept of Batman the year prior a step further, with every surface awash in primary colours - boorish as the conceit may be, Storaro’s framing keeps it grounded towards a measured formalism. Just as well a precursor to Schumacher’s bombastic films, only with that much more finesse, and still favourable over De Palma’s neutered Untouchables in underwriting the '30s pulp - if not washing out his Scarface, but for a scenery-chewing, self-deluded Pacino reincarnate; on the flip side, Vogue-era Madonna plays Dietrich.
Bold and beautiful primary colors splashed across the screen with confident technical virtuosity. The plot and characters have the simple, mythic innocence of a Sunday afternoon comic strip mixed with a marvelous old Hollywood feel.. This film is a one-of-a-kind work of visual pop art. Beatty pushed the envelope at that time in terms of creating a fully credible yet wholly stylized world. A summer movie for the ages.