Prizzi’s Honor

John Huston's Prizzi's Honor packs love, sex, and murder - and dark comedy - into a labyrinthine tale.

John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor packs love, sex, and murder – and dark comedy – into a labyrinthine tale.

Based on the novel by Richard Condon, plot centers on the tragic-comedy that results when a hit man for a powerful crime family (Jack Nicholson) falls hard for a svelte blonde (Kathleen Turner) who turns out to be his female counterpart in hired killings.

Picture is a stretch for Nicholson, who speaks in a street-tough, accented gangster-ese that initially takes some getting used to, but shortly becomes totally convincing. Turner manages to use her loveliness to jolting results when she finally turns her gun on a pair of victims in an apartment hallway.

Even more monstrous, in a deceptive way, is the character played by Anjelica Huston, who is the black sheep of the powerful clan, but who maneuvers the plot in insidious ways, all of them tied to the fact that she harbors a lost love for Nicholson.

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1985: Best Supp. Actress (Anjelica Huston).

Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Jack Nicholson), Supp. Actor (William Hickey), Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Editing

Prizzi’s Honor

  • Production: ABC. Director John Huston; Producer John Foreman; Screenplay Richard Condon, Janet Roach; Camera Andrzej Bartkowiak; Editor Rudi Fehr, Kaja Fehr; Music Alex North; Art Director Dennis Washington
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 129 MIN.
  • With: Jack Nicholson Kathleen Turner Robert Loggia William Hickey John Randolph Anjelica Huston
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