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Old 07-12-2007, 08:43 PM   #1
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I just watched this film tonight and well, I thought it was really bad story-wise (the plot was all over the place and couldn't just settle on one storyline)...along with the fact that Madonna was in the film (what the hell?) Although the matte paintings and rotoscoping as well as the make-up prosthetics are fantastic! what are your thoughts?

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Old 07-12-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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I just watched this film tonight and well, I thought it was really bad story-wise (the plot was all over the place and couldn't just settle on one storyline)...along with the fact that Madonna was in the film (what the hell?) Although the matte paintings and rotoscoping as well as the make-up prosthetics are fantastic! what are your thoughts?
This, alongside the likings of Batman '89, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Alvin and the Chipmunks in "The Chipmunk Adventure" defined my childhood.

I had all of the Action Figures except for The Blank (the hardest one to find) and I knew the lines pretty much by heart.

And no matter what you say, I had the biggest kid-crush on Madonna. She was sex incarnate, and could easily have been the first time I EVER thought of a woman in terms anywhere near sexual.

And while it's not one of her all time hits for her general following of fans, I still love the song "Sooner or Later" that she sings for her debut in the film.

Warren Beatty did a phenomeonal job, both as Tracy and Director.

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This, alongside the likings of Batman '89, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Alvin and the Chipmunks in "The Chipmunk Adventure" defined my childhood.

I had all of the Action Figures except for The Blank (the hardest one to find) and I knew the lines pretty much by heart.

And no matter what you say, I had the biggest kid-crush on Madonna. She was sex incarnate, and could easily have been the first time I EVER thought of a woman in terms anywhere near sexual.

And while it's not one of her all time hits for her general following of fans, I still love the song "Sooner or Later" that she sings for her debut in the film.

Warren Beatty did a phenomeonal job, both as Tracy and Director.

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Old 07-13-2007, 06:19 PM   #4
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This, alongside the likings of Batman '89, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Alvin and the Chipmunks in "The Chipmunk Adventure" defined my childhood.

I had all of the Action Figures except for The Blank (the hardest one to find) and I knew the lines pretty much by heart.

And no matter what you say, I had the biggest kid-crush on Madonna. She was sex incarnate, and could easily have been the first time I EVER thought of a woman in terms anywhere near sexual.

And while it's not one of her all time hits for her general following of fans, I still love the song "Sooner or Later" that she sings for her debut in the film.

Warren Beatty did a phenomeonal job, both as Tracy and Director.

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i liked the style they went for. it was good that they tried to invent an environment for these characters to live in. they also only used 10 colors in the film to make it feel more like a moving comic strip from the 20's and 30's it will never be what sin city is, but it was a first step. it might not be your favorite movie but at least you need to see it.

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I remebering seeing this at midnight in 1990 thinkign itd be the next batman. i also remember walking out of that theater with one thought going through my head.

that SUCKED.

I hated it. So ****ing boring n stupid.

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I remebering seeing this at midnight in 1990 thinkign itd be the next batman. i also remember walking out of that theater with one thought going through my head.

that SUCKED.

I hated it. So ****ing boring n stupid.
My parents told me they remember the hype for the film being pretty high right before it's release. But obviously it was a letdown afterward at the box office.

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I think Dick tracy is pretty good. I usually stop it now though near the end, because Madonna as the blank ruined such a great bad guy.

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I love the line where she says in the blanks voice "You work for big boy now...".

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I haven't seen the film in years so I can't comment.

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I got Dick Tracy on DVD recently and rewatched it for the first time in a while. It holds up well and I think it's a generally underrated film. The cinematography, art direction, costumes and music are all top notch. The story is decent too, although it could've used a few more action scenes.

It was a box office success, too, making $ 103.7 million domestic (ranking # 9 for the year) and $ 162.7 million worldwide (ranking # 12 for the year) on a $ 47 million production budget.

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I got Dick Tracy on DVD recently and rewatched it for the first time in a while. It holds up well and I think it's a generally underrated film. The cinematography, art direction, costumes and music are all top notch. The story is decent too, although it could've used a few more action scenes.

It was a box office success, too, making $ 103.7 million domestic (ranking # 9 for the year) and $ 162.7 million worldwide (ranking # 12 for the year) on a $ 47 million production budget.
I think it gets better with each viewing. I watched it again today and really enjoyed it.

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I really love the visual style of Dick Tracy with all the different colors and such. As it's much more tolerable than Schumacher's neon efforts with his Batman films, but as far as the story itself goes, I personally feel it leaves much to be desired. As I hated seeing so many of Tracy's classic rouges gallery killed off so quickly in certain scenes, however I do find it enjoyable for what it is. And I would even go so far as to say it's underrated as well to a certain extent. With Beatty, I felt he did a fne job as Dick Tracy. As well as staying true to the source material with all the shoot outs and such. Which in some ways made up for the story's shortcomings.

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Yeah, the film was extremely faithful to the original comic strip.

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I think the movie is O.K. Beatty's performance as Tracy was pretty good, and the Kid (Junior) wasn't nearly as annoying as most typical "little kids who saves the day" are in movies like this. The production design, the costumes, especially the makeup, everything visually in this movie works. Granted, there are things that could have been handled better than they were - as mentioned, the killing off of the entire Rogues Gallery, Madonna's "acting", the multiple story arcs that have to be followed in order for the film to make any sense - but for what it is, it's still pretty watchable.

What I LIKED about this movie:

* Beatty as Tracy. He holds the whole damn thing together.
* Dick Van Dyke as a corrupt politico - who saw that coming?
* James Caan's "exit" as Spud Spaldoni...gee, where have we seen this before?
* The whole Tracy/Kid relationship. This could have been sappy and dreadful in so many ways it's not funny, but somehow it works.
* The massive cast of character actors. They don't get the due on screen that they should, but when they do show up, they leave an impression.
* Stephen Sondheim's songs. "Sooner Or Later" remains my favorite in the whole film.
* William Forsythe and Ed O'Ross. The only two villains in the whole movie who come off as truly menacing.

What I DIDN'T like:
* Mandy Patinkin trying to play a cronie (88 Keys) who manages to frame Tracy for murder. Never mind the fact that when he's impersonating Fletcher his voice sounds NOTHING LIKE Van Dyke's - he just doesn't come off as believable when he's not at the piano.
* For that matter, any moment involving Madonna where she's NOT singing.
* Big Boy Caprice. The character is an idiot; he only succeeds in doing anything because of his lackeys. The only things that makes Pacino's performance redeemable are: 1) Pacino, and 2) the fact that his chief contemporary, De Niro, fared even worse as a 'cartoonish' villain in "The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle".
* The lack of emphasis on actual detective work throughout the film. We only get an inkling of it in the early portion when Tracy's trying to pin the walnut shells to Big Boy. "Batman Begins" fared better at this element of its main character, although by a small margin.

Still, the movie IMO has more going for it than against it. It'd been great if Beatty had chosen to do something a bit more "noirish" with the Tracy property - the various visual elements might have created enough impact to have made for an early "Sin City".

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Dick Tracy is a fun movie. Madonna is hot in it, Beatty is great as Tracy and Hoffman as Mumbles is pretty hilarious.

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The only real flaw is the lack of action. Dick Tracy is seriously lacking at least two set-pieces. The comic strip itself was full of violence.

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I thought the shootout towards the end was pretty cool.

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I thought the shootout towards the end was pretty cool.
Exactly. Beatty showed he could handle action scenes, he should have done more of them.

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It's a real fun movie.

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I have to say I love the posters for this film, they are awesome!

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Wasn't Dustin Hoffman in this movie too?

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Wasn't Dustin Hoffman in this movie too?
Yeah, he was Mumbles.

Also, I believe Al Pacino's Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor was the first time a comic book film ever received an Oscar nom in the acting categories.

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Wasn't Dustin Hoffman in this movie too?
Yeah, and you have to love his final scene in the film where Tracy wants Mumbles to give him information on Big Boy.

*Tracy plays concealed tape recorder*

"bigboydidit"

*Mumbles begins laughing hysterically, as Tracy slows down the recording*

"Big Boy did it"

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Used to love this movie!

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