• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

 Sylvester Stallone, Ornella Muti, Peter Riegert    

Summary - After promising his father that he'll quit his life of crime, Chicago's #1 gangster, "Snaps" Provolone, realizes it's an offer he should have refused! As the mobster tries to quit the rackets, everybody gets into the act -- friends, family -- even the Feds! Snaps soon discovers going straight is the toughest job he's ever pulled!

Cautions -Some minor language.

Commentary - This is our family's favorite comedy! Don't be squeamish just because Sylvester Stallone is in it. He actually does a pretty serviceable job as a comic lead, supported by a list of enormously talented character actors who are a joy to watch. This is a comedy of errors with so many twists and turns in the plot that you'll have to watch it more that once just to get all the gags. Famous comedy director, John Landis gives the material a cartoonlike rhythm and stylized sense of movement that really works.

For some, the film starts off a little slow but stick with it, the roller coaster is just going up the first hill. But then enter a pair of scene-stealers, the Finucci brothers, immaculate, quarreling tailors played with relish by Martin Ferrero and the chameleonlike Harry Shearer. They could easily pass for talents from Hollywood`s golden era of wisecracking comedy, as could Tim Curry in a hilarious turn as a shy language tutor hired to impart some snap to Snaps`vocabulary. One by one, new characters keep popping up adding more and more craziness until is all comes together at the end.

Critics generally hated this movie but they were wrong. Check it out and see for yourself.


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