||20th Century Fox
||20th Century Fox / Peter Miller Investment
||Dale Launer, Paul Schiff
||Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei,
Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, Austin Pendleton
When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy
Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer
in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then
they are informed that they are accused of murder.
Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides
to call his goofy cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who has somehow recently
become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who
has never tried a criminal case in his short life as a lawyer, rides
south to defend his trusting relative. He's an expert motormouth
and street-level logician from Brooklyn, complete with a thick accent
and the attitude to go with it. Otherwise, he's much less well qualified
than your average public defender.
When he arrives on the scene with his equally brassy girlfriend
Lisa (Marisa Tomei), Bill is fairly sure he's going to be sentenced
to death. His buddy Stan is even less confident of his legal representative,
if that's possible, and the first thing Vinny has to do is to regain
the consent of his clients to represent them. The local judge doesn't
seem any too sympathetic to Vinny's verbal shenanigans either, and
even the most optimistic supporter of the boys would begin to have
doubts at this point -- and Vinny's no exception. With the insistent
moral encouragement of his girlfriend, Vinny somehow accomplishes
the impossible and wins grudging (if very irritated) respect from
all concerned, for once studying as if his life depended on it.
Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide
Photos from the film
|´I think most writers
tend to write about their youth. Or, as they say in MY COUSIN
VINNY, their "yute". I think that´s the best
movie ever made, don´t you?´
-- David Mamet
New York Times,
November. 18. 1994.
score in Fox sneak previews"
by Martin A. Grove
(The Hollywood Reporter/Hollywood Report, Thursday, March
on 'Vinny': Prod'n team's a vinner"
by Martin A. Grove
(The Hollywood Reporter/Hollywood Report, Friday, March 6,
British Eye on the South"
by Bernard Weinraub
(The New York Times, March 22, 1992)
you're so fine"
by Jack Garner
(Gannett News Service, Tuesday, March 10, 1992)
"A flashy new
lawyer in an unflashy town"
by Vincent Canby
(The New York Times, The Living Arts, Friday, March 13, 1992)