MIKEY AND NICKY
The saga behind the making of this film is legendary: one million feet of film were shot to get spontaneous raw drama, and after 18 months in the editing room, writer/director Elaine May and star Peter Falk purloined the footage to keep it from prying studio execs. After a botched release, May's preferred version (shown here) saw the light of day a decade later. John Cassavetes is a small-time hood with a contract on his head; Falk is his long-suffering best friend; and Ned Beatty is a most persistent hit man. Featuring cameos by legendary acting teachers Sanford Meisner and William Hickey playing mob bosses. DIR/SCR Elaine May; PROD Michael Hausman. U.S., 1976, color, 119 min. RATED R
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