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Dick Tracy
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Directed By
Warren Beatty

Written By:
Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.

Warren Beatty, Madonna, Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Paul Sorvino, Charles Durning, Dick Van Dyke, R.G. Armstrong, Catherine O'Hara, Estelle Parsons, Seymour Cassel, Michael J. Pollard, William Forsythe, Kathy Bates, James Tolkan

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Dick Tracy (1990)
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Movie Review by Teresa
August 10th, 2011

I'm the kind of dame that lusts for a good gangster film. I have seen my fair share of great gangster movies such as Casino, Goodfellas, and the unforgettable Godfather movies; however, on nights that I'm in the mood for a caricaturized version of a classic police procedural /mobster film I turn to the modern-day charming, simpatico Dick Tracy. The 1990 film starring Warren Beatty, Madonna, and of course my All-time favorite, Al Pacino is a vivid expression of a real life cartoon that can appease the young and old. I find that the writing style of Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. along with the directing of Warren Beatty presented in this film holds a truer sense of the original comic strip presented to the world in 1931 by Chester Gould. Some readers may scoff at my taste and affection for this film and all I have to combat those critics is the fact that Dick Tracy brought home 3 Oscars along with numerous nominations, which says a lot for a film starring Madonna.
Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) is a detective torn between his loves for Tess Trueheart, (Glenne Headly) the good girl that stands by her man come what may, and his instinctive obligation to fight crime. Tracy isn't the type to settle for the comfort and safety of a desk job. He is the man in the yellow hat with the two way radio wrist watch for golly sake; he is Perfect for the late night villain street cleaning! The film follows Tracy as he tries to bring down the new top mobster Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) the slim ball leader that loves to quote historical figures. As Big Boy Caprice climbs his way to the top by knocking off the other head mob bosses he stealthily takes control of the popular Ritz, a local clip joint and Breathless Mahoney (Madonna), the seductive singer that takes a shining for Tracy. As Caprice takes run of the town Tracy is pushed back by D.A. Fletcher (Dick Van Dyke) because of his lack of following the rule book in Tracy's attempts to put the cuffs on Caprice. Then, just when it seems as if the seething mobster is winning the sedulous Tracy gets the upper hand with the help of Kid (Charlie Korsmo), the tough orphan boy that ends up being a real help to Tracy. Of course like any good action movie the battle between good and evil is tested in this film and Tracy rises and falls; however, also holding true to the ways of a comic book hero Tracy rises again in the end with the help of No Face and all is again right with the world.
I recommend this movie to everyone! It is aces all the way in its own right and has a snazzy soundtrack to boot.

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