Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mob boss wants him killed. Desperate, he calls Mikey, his friend since childhood and a fellow gangster. So begins a long night…
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This movie also has a understated performance from the great William Hickey. It may look like a Cassavetes movie, but the dialogue is definitely Elaine May. It has a great emotional arc, and has snappy dialogue. [Kinney] Is that him? [Mikey] No. [Kinney] Hey, you sure? [Mikey] Yes I'm sure. You wanna shoot him just in case?
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Mikey & Nicky felt like a diet version of a Cassavetes film. Not necessarily a bad thing but for as great of a movie about friendship as this is, I almost (Elaine May pulled this off) feel if Cassavetes directed this himself it would've had more of a kick behind it. Still raw at times (namely towards the powerful ending) Cassavetes and Falk are as always great together.
This is one of my favorite films of all time. Falk and Cassavettes are incredible but Elaine May deserves more respect then she gets for her work directing this. Just because it's nothing like her comedies I honestly think some people suppose Cassavettes ghost-directed it or something.
The sense of dread that pervades Mikey and Nicky is almost unbearable. In this dog eat dog world, all women are portrayed as cognitively impaired bitches, violence is pervasive, and social relationships are physically and psychologically abusive.