: : : My Cousin Vinny

Story

When two Italian-American boys from New York are falsely accused of murder in a small Alabama town, they call for a lawyer--but the only lawyer they know is their cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who made six attempts before he passed his bar exam. My Cousin Vinny is a classic fish-out-of-water comedy; the flimsy plot about clearing the two boys and solving the murder is just a hook to support a lot of culture-clash humor. Thanks to the strong cast of character actors like Fred Gwynne, Austin Pendleton, and Lane Smith, it's pretty funny--even old-hat jokes about Brooklyn versus Southern accents come to life. Pesci has played a few too many schticky characters, but this time it works. There's just enough humanity in his caricature to make Vinny likable and entertaining. When the movie was released, there was controversy about whether Marisa Tomei, playing Vinny's big-haired and black-leather-wearing fiancée, deserved to win the best supporting actress Oscar (she beat out Judy Davis, Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, and Vanessa Redgrave); but seeing her performance on its own, it's a comic marvel and worthy of honor. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Joe PesciVinny Gambini
Ralph MacchioBill Gambini
Marisa TomeiMona Lisa Vito
Mitchell WhitfieldStan Rothenstein
Fred GwynneJudge Chamberlain Haller
Lane SmithJim Trotter III
Austin PendletonJohn Gibbons
Bruce McGillSheriff Farley
Maury ChaykinSam Tipton
Paulene MyersConstance Riley (as Pauline Meyers)
Raynor ScheineErnie Crane
James RebhornGeorge Wilbur
Chris EllisJ.T.
Michael SimpsonNeckbrace
Lou WalkerGrits Cook
Kenny JonesJimmy Willis
Thomas MerdisMan in Town Square
J. Don FergusonGuard #1
Michael GenevieGuard #2
Jeff LewisDeputy #1
Ron LeggettDeputy #2
Aubrey J. OsteenDeputy #3
Larry ShulerHotel Clerk
Suzi BassWoman
Michael BurgessPrison Van Driver

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jonathan Lynn
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 13, 1992
    EuropeJul 17, 1992
    JapanMar 13, 1993
    AustraliaMay 21, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 4, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 4, 2003
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