Charley Partanna grows up in the ranks of the Prizzi Family. He becomes their best hitman and garners much respect. Don Corrado Prizzi is his sworn godfather (although they never use the word…wouldn’t want Prizzi’s Honor confused with some other mafia film). With such influence, Charley quickly becomes a favorite captain within the family.
But problems are simmering on the woman front. Charley spurned Maerose Prizzi, the Don’s granddaughter, and neither she nor her father is pleased at the dishonor. Old tensions resurface when Charley falls for a new woman, Irene Walker, who turns out to be a mob hitwoman. Charley views Irene as his ticket to romantic bliss. Maerose views her as a ticket back into the family… —DVDverdict.com
Adventure in many forms is the theme of many of John Huston’s films. His characters are constantly searching for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (the famous closing-line of his debut film The Maltese Falcon). Huston glorified this chase despite its frequent disillusionment and false promise, since it represented a flight from the complacent virtues of ordinary life. Like Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad, Huston regarded civilization as a false surface which thinly veiled a hostile nature. Only those who lived at the edge, on the margins of society were regarded by Huston as fellow travellers. In films as diverse as The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and Under the Volcano, Huston celebrated men who circled the abyss; characters who are driven to plunge head first into the void.
The son of the great theatre and film actor Walter Huston (who would win an Oscar under his son’s direction for his role in The Treasure of Sierra Madre) and crime journalist Rhea Gore… read more
Good parody of The Godfather kind of film. Huston adheres to the law of the genre by presenting one-dimensional characters like Don -Nosferatu- Corrado Prizzi, Charley -romantic- Partanna or Maerose -Lady Macbeth-Prizzi for instance but, by introducing in this frozen family Irene Walker's character, whom nobody manages to completely understand because Irene never does what she's expected to do, John Huston goes beyond the bounds of the parodic genre. Recommended.
Décidément ce n’est pas encore avec ce film que je vais me considérer en bons termes avec John Huston. L’honneur des Prizzi porte un regard relativement décalé sur le monde de la mafia et une tentative… read review