Combustible Celluloid
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With: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, William Forsythe, Seymour Cassel, Charles Durning, Mandy Patinkin, Paul Sorvino, R.G. Armstrong, Dick Van Dyke, Colm Meaney, Catherine O'Hara, Henry Silva, James Caan, Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons
Written by: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., based on characters created by Chester Gould
Directed by: Warren Beatty
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 105
Date: 06/14/1990

Dick Tracy (1990)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Yellow Fever

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Warren Beatty's four-color Dick Tracy is a thing of beauty, with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro providing a bold, striking palette, and editor Richard Marks giving the movie a comic-strip rhythm, jumping from one picture to the next. It's tons of fun, especially given the high calibre of actors smushed into bizarre makeup formations, with Al Pacino a scenery-chewing standout as Big Boy Caprice. In all its flourish, the movie sometimes forgets to connect on a more intimate, more human level, but its high level of energy and eye-popping design still make it a must-see. Madonna famously portrayed temptress "Breathless Mahoney" and won Beatty's heart for a short while in real life; she also provided songs for an old-fashioned sounding soundtrack album. The movie won Oscars for its art direction and makeup, as well as for one of Madonna's songs, "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)," written by Stephen Sondheim. Pacino received a nomination for Supporting Actor, Storaro received one for his cinematography, and there were two other nominations for Sound and Costume Design.

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