Dick Tracy

June 15, 1990 0 By Fans
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Still of Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy


The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.0/10 (30,124 voted)

Warren Beatty

Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino

All Tess Trueheart wants is to settle down to a quiet life with her boyfriend, detective Dick Tracy. But there's something pretty rotten going on in town, with someone pretty rotten behind it, and Tracy has his hands full with the likes of villain Big Boy Caprice and with the almost irresistable Breathless Mahoney.

Writers: Chester Gould, Jim Cash


Warren Beatty

Dick Tracy

Charlie Korsmo


Michael Donovan O'Donnell


Jim Wilkey


Stig Eldred


Neil Summers

The Rodent

Chuck Hicks

The Brow

Lawrence Steven Meyers

Little Face

William Forsythe


Ed O'Ross


Glenne Headly

Tess Trueheart

Marvelee Cariaga


Michael Gallup


Seymour Cassel

Sam Catchem

James Keane

Pat Patton

Their turf. Their game. Their rules. They didn't count on HIS law…

Release Date: 15 June 1990

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $46,000,000


Opening Weekend: $22,543,911
(17 June 1990)
(2332 Screens)

Gross: $162,738,726

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson were offered the role of Dick Tracy. Nicholson was committed to playing The Joker in
Batman, and De Niro refused the role for fear of being typecast as a grim, hardened tough guy similar to his Travis Bickle character in
Taxi Driver.


The credits, in order of appearance, show Pruneface then Mumbles; Mumbles first appeared long before Pruneface did.


[first lines]

Radio Announcer:
Gangland enforcers broke the arms of an elderly newsdealer this afternoon when he refused to share his week's receipts with them. Stacks of newspapers were tossed in the gutter as the thugs wrecked the business and made their getaway. Lunchtime crowds were paralyzed by the suddenness of the crime. Not a hand was raised in protest.

User Review

Incredible Colors, Incredible Cast

Rating: 9/10

This is amazing-looking movie with the whole thing done in just six or
seven colors. When it came out over 15 years ago, it stunned audiences
with its color scheme, being so different from anything else that had
ever been put on film. Those colors, for me at least, make this an
absolutely fascinating film to watch. There are literally thousands of
scenes I wish could freeze and somehow convert them to a painting to
study for their artwork.

The characters and the story don't match up to the greatness of the
photography, but they are all over-the-top, especially the villains.
The famous actors who played them here must have a had a lot of fun on
the set playing "Flatop," "Pruneface," "Lips," "Mumbles," etc.

Meanwhile, Warren Beatty and Gleanne Hedley are good as Dick Tracey and
girlfriend Tess Truehart, and she's as sweet and soft as her name.
Another good addition is Charlie Korsmo as the delinquent young boy
Dick and Tess take under their wing. The colorful other characters are
played by Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, William Forysthe, Paul Sorvino,
Mandy Patinkin, Madona and other names you know but are too numerous to
list here. Check the full credits on the main page and you'll amazed.

The only negatives I found were Pacino's voice which grates on you
after awhile, Madonna's off-key singing voice and the fact that the
film would have been better trimmed about 10 minutes. Those "faults"
are all minor because overall, this is a fun movie….a cartoon strip
coming to life in an incredibly-colorful fashion…..like nothing you
have ever seen.