Mickey One

Mickey One

DVD - 2010
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After incurring the wrath of the mob, a comic flees Detroit for Chicago taking the name "Mickey One." As he returns to the stage and becomes successful, he fears that the mob will track him down. He wishes to square himself with the mob, but doesn't know what he did to anger them or what his debt is.


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Mar 07, 2015

Director Arthur Penn got the freedom to make Mickey One (played by Warren Beatty) without any interference whatsoever from the financiers of the film except that it had to meet a budget of one million dollars. Some consider it Penn’s homage to the genre of the French New Wave. Elsewhere it has been asserted that it’s a remembrance of the widespread Kafkaesque paranoid fever engendered by the McCarthy and Hollywood Blacklist era. Penn and Beatty were some of the best Hollywood artists of the 20th century. For film aficionados this is 4 stars, for the uninitiated 2 stars.

Feb 20, 2014

When it comes to mainstream, American movies of the 1960s, Mickey One has got to be one of the most bizarre, non-Hollywood, "boy-meets-girl" stories that you're ever likely to see. It's true.

Clearly influenced by the avant-garde, "New Wave" cinema which was flourishing in Europe during this era in movie-making history, Mickey One is a decidedly out-of-whack nightmare world of urban America where city life is depicted in an unrelenting "Twilight Zone"-like fashion of paranoia, cynicism and loneliness.

Due to its simplistic, yet frustrating and confusing, plot-line, I guarantee you that Mickey One is not going to be everyone's cup of tea.

Along with its exceptional b&w camerawork, its eccentric characters and its grungy setting, Mickey One is one of those rare films whose story actually seems to work on the terms of its own inner logic.

Competently directed by Arthur Penn, this film starred the fresh-faced, 28-year-old, Warren Beatty, as the title character.

I certainly wasn't expecting to be so impressed with this picture. I think that one really needs to see this film for themselves and from there they can make a fair judgement whether to simply dismiss it as trash or else enjoy it in all of its offbeat unconventionality.


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