Things Change

Directed By: David Mamet Starring: Don Ameche

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An intelligent comedy about an innocent mistaken for a mafia don. Special features: subtitles in english and spanish, bonus trailers, talent files, interactive menus, production notes, scene selections, fullscreen and widescreen versions, mono sound, languages: english and spanish, and much more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40133909
UPC 043396047532
UPC 14 00043396047532
Format DVD
Release Date 5/4/2010
Rating Rating
Organized Crime
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Predicated on the observation that an old Sicilian shoeshine man looks pretty much the same as an old Sicilian mafia don, THINGS CHANGE finds comedy and pathos in a case of very mistaken identity. Italian-American acting legend Don Ameche plays Gino, a man with a simple life who is recruited by an underworld boss to take the rap for a murder. Jerry (Joe Mantegna) is assigned to sit on Gino until he goes to confess, and he feels compelled to offer the quiet old man one last good time--in Lake Tahoe, where everyone mistakes Gino for a mob big shot. Soon the pair are getting the royal treatment, while Gino's shoeshine-shop wisdom keeps everyone fooled into thinking he's a powerful man with a humble demeanor. Director David Mamet gets laughs the hard way, developing characters and setting up believably comic situations for them to interact in, even as he lets the tension regarding Gino's fate mount. He also indulges the taste for hoaxes that he explored more seriously in HOUSE OF GAMES and THE SPANISH PRISONER. Behind it all is Ameche, who plays every scene close to the vest and steals the show anyway.
Plot Summary
Summary Gino, an elderly, gracious shoeshiner who bears an uncanny resemblance to a mob kingpin, agrees to take a three-year jail rap for him in return for a fishing boat and retiring to the "old country." But his life is turned upside down when his "guard" takes him on a last weekend fling and he's recognized as a mob chieftain and given royal treatment. But, of course, things change.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Things change."--Gino (Don Ameche)
New York Times "...Characteristic [of Mamet] and oddball....[Mantegna is] brilliantly funny..." 10/21/1988 p.C10,Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1988" 12/25/1988 p.II,9
Film Comment "...Soaring visuals..." 11/01/1988 p.2-6
Los Angeles Times "...Full of delicately stepped pirouettes through the pleasure palaces of the criminal underworld..." 10/21/1988 p.C1
USA Today "...The is one of those 'little' movies where everything is perfectly scaled..." 05/05/1989 p.3D
David Mamet
Don Ameche
Cast & Crew
Don Ameche - Actor
J. J. Johnston - Actor
Joe Mantegna - Actor
Robert Prosky - Actor
Juan Ruiz Anch’a - Cinematographer
David Mamet - Director
Alaric Jans - Musical Score
Michael Hausman - Producer
David Mamet - Writer
SHel Silverstein - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 04753
UPC 00043396047532
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Venice Film Festival (1988) Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Winner, Best Actor
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Don Ameche plays wonderfully against starched-shirt type as Gino, a noble, jut-jawed shoeshiner from Sicily who gets in deep with dose guys. And baby-faced Joe Mantegna (Mamet's favorite son) brings that engaging machine-gun patter to tough-talking Jerry, a henchman assigned to babysit Gino.
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ameche,Don
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Ameche is a joy to watch.
At-A-Glance Film Reviews ...subtle and funny...

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