My Blue Heaven (1990)
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The stars of Parenthood in a comedy about an urban hood finding suburbanhood.
|A comedy about a government witness who gives suburbia a culture shock.|
"One of Steve Martin's funniest movies. Rick Moranis and Joan Cusack are also excellent. Tom Sabulis, San Jose Mercury News
"Martin is a fountain of comedy innovation. Marshall Fine, Gannett Newspapers
Editor's NoteFlamboyant mobster Vinnie (Steve Martin) is relocated by the Witness Protection Program from New York City to suburban California until it is time for him to testify against his former associates. But he quickly bores of life in middle-class America and starts up his own little racket. These shenanigans cause Vinnie to run afoul of the local authorities, which makes life difficult for the straitlaced FBI agent (Rick Moranis) assigned to protect him. Soon the agent is struggling to keep Vinnie out of the clutches of a tough-as-nails assistant D.A. (Joan Cusack) who wants to see him behind bars.
Cast & Crew
|Herbert Ross - Director|
|John Bailey - Director of Photography|
|Stephen A. Rotter - Editor|
|Nora Ephron - Executive Producer|
|Goldie Hawn - Executive Producer|
|Andrew Stone - Executive Producer|
|Ira Newborn - Musical Score|
|Anthea Sylbert - Producer|
|Joseph Caracciolo - Producer|
|Herbert Ross - Producer|
|Charles Rosen - Production Designer|
|Nora Ephron - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryThis witty comedy stars Steve Martin as Vinnie, a smooth-talking mobster who is relocated from New York City to a suburb of San Diego by the Federal Witness Protection Program in exchange for testifying against the mob. Vinnie must start life over in a quaint town--with a new name, bad Italian food, and too much clean air. Before long his mafioso wife has packed her bags and Vinnie is left to make do, with nothing to keep himself entertained--until he runs across some old friends from the Big Apple and they start up a little business of their own. Vinnie's bad behavior wreaks havoc on the life of Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis), the straitlaced FBI agent assigned to protect him. Barney must struggle with Hannah, the local assistant D.A. (Joan Cusack), to keep Vinnie out of prison and safe from the mob before his testimony. Before long, Vinnie is sweet-talking Hannah into dates with Barney and teaching Barney how to dance, dress, and become a lady killer as they run from Mafia hit men and narily escape murder in Manhattan. MY BLUE HEAVEN is a fun comedy, particularly worth watching for the interplay between Martin and Moranis.