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A Fine Mess (1986)

An actor and a chef fathom a plot to fix a horse race and attempt at capitalizing it, while striving to tackle two of the hitmen responsible for the scheme.

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Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Spence Holden
Howie Mandel ... Dennis Powell
Richard Mulligan ... Wayne 'Turnip' Parragella
Stuart Margolin ... Maurice 'Binky' Drundza
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Claudia Pazzo
Jennifer Edwards ... Ellen Frankenthaler
Paul Sorvino ... Tony Pazzo
Rick Ducommun ... Wardell
Keye Luke ... Ishimine
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... TV Reporter
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Auctioneer
Tawny Moyer ... Leading Lady
Emma Walton Hamilton ... First Extra
Carrie Leigh Carrie Leigh ... Second Extra
Sharan Lea ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Two friends, an actor and a chef, discover a plot to fix a horse race and try to capitalize on it. But they must also deal with the two men who fixed the race, who are trying to silence them. Then there's the mob boss the two guys work for, who planned the fix, and whose wife is having an affair with the actor. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,620,657, 10 August 1986

Gross USA:

$6,029,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,029,824
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Beverly Hills mansion was spread over many acres of prime real estate. It seemed as if the sumptuous estate was the house that had everything. When director Blake Edwards looked at it, however, Edwards decided it required another wing that could withstand the action scenes with the SWAT team and the even more destructive Howie Mandel. After the smoke cleared, the owner of the mansion agreed that an extra wing was just what he needed, and had one built to the specifications of the movie set. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Spence (on a Western film shoot) walks through the swinging bar doors with a cigar in his mouth. He takes a few steps forward and the size of the cigar has nearly doubled. See more »

Quotes

Phil: Your brother could con a leopard out of its stripes.
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References Blotto (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Easier Said Than Done
Written by William Linton and Larry Huff
Produced by Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff for Ripe Productions
Performed by Chico DeBarge
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A near miss
2 February 2019 | by pmtelefonSee all my reviews

Blake Edwards was one of a kind. He was a very funny comic writer/director with a "just miss" Hall of Fame resume. That said, his 80s movies were hit and miss. They all have a certain watchability to them but they're mostly not so hot. "A Fine Mess" has more than one laugh-out-loud moment but it's just not as funny as it should have been.


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