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Things Change (1988)

Director: David Mamet     Starring: Don Ameche
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40133909
UPC: 043396047532
UPC 14: 00043396047532
Rating: Game Rating Code
See more in Educational/How-To
Dealing with the mob is always a gamble.
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.

"Ameche is a joy to watch.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...subtle and funny...  At-A-Glance Film Reviews

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/4/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 04753
Video UPC UPC: 00043396047532
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Don Ameche
Video Cast Info J. J. Johnston
Video Cast Info Joe Mantegna
Video Cast Info Robert Prosky
Video Cast Info Juan Ruiz Anch’a - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info David Mamet - Director
Video Cast Info Alaric Jans - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Michael Hausman - Producer
Video Cast Info David Mamet - Writer
Video Cast Info SHel Silverstein - Writer
Plot 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.


Venice Film Festival (1988)
Video Award Name Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Winner, Best Actor

Memorable Quotes

"Things change."----Gino (Don Ameche)

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Characteristic [of Mamet] and oddball....[Mantegna is] brilliantly funny..." 10/21/1988 p.C10

New York Times
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

Washington Post 7 of 10
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. - Desson Howe

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ameche,Don
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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