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909 Ratings

Mikey and Nicky

Directed by Elaine May
United States, 1976


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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Mikey and Nicky Directed by Elaine May
Like all her films, “Mikey and Nicky” has the hard-to-capture feeling of spontaneous life, but is carefully structured.
January 21, 2019
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The two leads, both phenomenal improvisers, brilliantly riff off each other as their characters’ long-festering resentments bubble up.
January 18, 2019
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As Peter Falk tells it, while on the set of Mikey and Nicky, Elaine May got very close to him and, instead of telling him what to do in the next scene, viciously bit his lip before calling “Action!” The resulting scene, like the entire movie, is a cornucopia of anxieties, pulsating and quivering not unlike a freshly bit lip.
January 02, 2019
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