Mikey and Nicky

Nicky (Cassavetes), cooped up in a dingy hotel room, dreading lethal reprisals from a mobster he's betrayed, calls upon Mikey (Falk) for help. But as they search the city's backstreets for sanctuary, it becomes clear that his buddy is less saviour than Judas (and that the sacrificial victim is no saint either). May's script simply observes the way old wounds are reopened as the pair reminisce about their past friendship, while allowing her actors ample space to emote with adolescent exuberance and paranoia. The vérité style, complete with itchy focus finger and rambling narrative, often seems less assured than in Cassavetes' own films. But with an imaginative use of locations, carefully controlled atmosphere, and superb performances all round, it's an often impressive, always watchable modern noir thriller, based on credible human motivations.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elaine May
Screenwriter: Elaine May
Cast: Peter Falk
John Cassavetes
Ned Beatty
Rose Arrick
Carol Grace
William Hickey
Sanford Meisner
Joyce Van Patten
M Emmet Walsh

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3.8 / 5

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mr.mike

Though it goes on a bit too long , the lead actors make it work. The inspired casting of Beatty also helps.

mr.mike

Though it goes on a bit too long , the lead actors make it work. The inspired casting of Beatty also helps.