Retranché dans un hôtel minable et souffrant d’un ulcère, Nick est convaincu qu’un chef de la mafia locale en veut à sa vie. Désespéré, il appelle Mikey, son ami d’enfance gangster comme lui. Commence alors pour les deux compères une très longue nuit …
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A forceful, stylish, painful, powerful, neo-noir from May. She portrays these characters so clearly and yet with such empathy and pathos. She shows us the damage they inflict on women, the damage they inflict on themselves and the damage they inflict on each other. We are completely involved in the men's sad nocturnal odyssey of fear, suspicion and paranoid realization. Falk and Cassavetes are masterful.
The kinda feller I am? The kinda feller who done gonna watch the Criterion MIKEY AND NICKY on its release day. Such is the operative I. You know, han't seen it in near twenty years. Woulda sworn in took place in New York. All the world's a stage, in this case Philadelphia is a stage. Working with Cassavetes, Falk, and the cinematographer of HUSBANDS, Elaine May zeroes in on the volatile charm of certain abusers.
Two effortless performances by Falk and Cassavetes. A film very much of its time, grittily shot with an unflinching natural realism, an absorbing snapshot of grimy 70's New York. A downbeat portrait of intense masculine rapport. (Peter Falk steals the show.)
Elaine May twists the buddy film as feminist think piece, and the result is a meandering film noir propelled by two fine performances from John Cassavetes and Peter Falk. Mikey and Nicky is steeped in realism, from the bus ride to the uncomfortable sex scene to the punchy off-the-cuff dialogue. Still, the film's mood is too erratic and the tease of underworld associations left me wanting more.
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?