An old Italian shoeshine guy agrees, for a fee, to be a fall guy for the Mafia. A lower-echelon mob hood, assigned to watch over him, decides to give the old guy a weekend of fun in Vegas before going to jail. Director Mamet co-wrote the screenplay with Silverstein, best-known for his children's books ("Where the Sidewalk Ends," "The Giving Tree"). Combines charm and menace with terrific performances, especially from Ameche and Mantegna.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 114 minutes.
Venice Film Fest. 1980: Actor (Ameche); Venice Film Fest. 1988: Actor (Mantegna).
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