Hi Victoria...there are some great choices you made there...I particularly liked your picks of Murder Inc. and Mikey & Nicky and Pocketful of Miracles....oh heck!..I liked them all....A few others would be Husbands and Castle Keep..and Anzio..he puts in a great performance in each....terrific!!
I also liked Peter Falk in Corky Romano and Undisputed. Both where were enjoyable for me to watch
Nobody (even Cass!!) mentioned "Machine Gun McClain". It's got Peter Falk and J.C. It's not the greatest movie, but Falk's performance is pretty good.
My favorite Falk film is "The In Laws" just because it is so zany and Falk's character has a bit of Columbo in him. His portrayal of Kid Twist in "Murder Inc." was great.
And there is also the movie "Made" with Vince Vaughn...he was good in that one too.
I agree with you all. I enjoyed all of those films as well! There's a made for t-v film that I really liked and it was called, "Griffin and Phoenix". Jill Clayburgh played Phoenix. I'm not into love stories per-say, but being a Peter Falk fan, I thought his performance as well as Jill Clayburgh was outstanding! Here is the Plot Summary for
Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story (1976) (TV)(From IMDb)
A love story about two deadly ill people: he has cancer, she has leukemia. Both have fun, steal, travel, love - and then they die.
Griffin has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Instead of quietly facing his death, he decides to have a little fun in the time remaining. At a college class on death, he meets Pheonix. They start having fun together, when he discovers she also has terminal cancer.
I've just have watched the Murder, Inc this Wednsday and I'm very much impressed. Wonderfull movie! It has perfect pace and most matching music. Its white-and-black adds a whole of air. Story is well told. Some shots are most intriguing in simple matter of camera-work (glimps through the doors inside room; through the metal barrier at the road below). It's striking, it's wonderful, it's immersely good movie.
The reason I mention it here is that Mr Falk plays the whole orchestra there and is so amusing and clear pleasure to watch. This time, a bad guy, but well... 'noone is all bad' and that's true. (Swan Song).
The Murder Inc just have rocked up my personal favourtes movies list and I'm very gratefull to its makers. Outstanding Mr Falk's performance is what I half-desperately seek in movies now, just to saviour and compare.
I remember that one, Stan. Peter was really good-looking in it...It was a bit of a tearjerker, and it was also quite maudlin...but he was good in it, as was she.
You left out Roommates.
TFL!!! How could I forget Machine Gun McCain??!!...."...nobody does it like McCain..."....I had such a hard time getting that on vhs...but I finally got it last year...and yes it is not the greatest movie in the world...but it has Peter and JC in it, so that makes up for any lackings in plot. It is so campy gangster-y!
And the In-Laws...we have that on dvd...how funny is that movie??? The enormous Tse-Tse flies..and of course serpentine!!
Husbands (even though it's almost too down-to-earth for me ; I like things more "escapist") / A Step Out Of Line (not so well-known TV movie from ' 71) / Castle Keep (a really indescribable one). Also (even though it's not considered so good, in spite of the actors), I've always been very attached to LUV.
grant, i know what you are saying about husbands..there are parts to it that are a bit hard for many people to deal with. but for me...well, i just think it's fantastic. i've lost count on how many times i've watched it. there was a time i would watch it every friday evening! of course i know the dialogue by heart. there are many people who find it crude or sad or just too raw. but for me, as many times as i have seen it, i still laugh my butt off!!
and castle keep! wow! that is a gem of a movie. it is like a fantasy, filled with rich symbolism. the scene in the rose garden is filmed so beautifully...so poignant. i always had a problem with the fact that you don't see rossi (peter's character) actually dying. i read somewhere that the reason for this could possibly be that when we do see him and amberjack and clearboy in the garden they are already dead...and that is them in the afterlife.