Mikey & Nicky

Southwest Portland
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

Directed by Elaine May
United States • 1976 • 119 mins. • In English

A deep departure from Elaine May’s previous two features—A New Leaf (1971) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972)—this New Hollywood picture owes quite a bit to the towering presence of stars John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, who play the titular characters: small-time Philadelphia criminals on the run from a pissed-off mob boss. Nicky (Cassavetes) is a wiry, violent grifter constantly getting into trouble and asking pal Mikey (Falk) to bail him out, financially and otherwise. The pair, pursued by hitmen, go through a spell of self-examination—both as individuals and about their friendship, which may not have weathered worse conditions. A contentious production in which May famously shot 1.4 million feet of film, with Paramount ultimately taking control of the final edit (essentially burying the film for many years), Mikey & Nicky has come to be regarded as a masterpiece, a key film of the New Hollywood movement, and a crucial examination of American masculinity. Content warning: gendered violence. New restoration!

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