Oscar (1991)


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By Two Geeks and a GIT, Buddy Allman, Jeff Smith, and Chad Roberts. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Finishing our two-week review of gangster comedies, we turn to a 1991 film that was Sylvester Stallone's first foray into a non-action comedy, with the period farce, "Oscar!" Based on the stage play of the same name by Claude Magnier, and directed by none other than John Landis, the film star Stallone as Snaps Provolone, a successful gangster who promised his dying father (Kirk Douglas), on his deathbed, that he would give up crime and become respectable. The film spans only a single day, but so much happens during that day! Snaps is awoken by his "butler" Aldo (Peter Riergert, who steals every scene he's in) to meet with his accountant Anthony Rossano (Vincent Spano) who admits to being in love with Snap's daughter, and also of embezzling thousands of dollars. This is the day Snaps is planning on meeting with a local bank to become a member. He's also getting fitted for a new suit by the famous Finucci brothers (Martin Ferrero and Harry Shearer). Along the way, he has to deal with his daughter Lisa (Marisa Tomei), his "other daughter" Theresa (Elizabeth Barondes), his wife Sofia (Ornella Muti), his linguistics instructor, Dr. Poole (Tim Curry), and his emotional bodyguard Connie (Chaz Palminteri). Add to that a rival crime family, an insolent maid, the police, and the press, and you have a true comedic farce! Plus, it's finally here: The trio reveal which two films have been selected for their 300th and 301st episodes!

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