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590 Ratings

Dick Tracy

Directed by Warren Beatty
United States, 1990


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.

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Dick Tracy Directed by Warren Beatty

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1991 | 3 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1991 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

BAFTA Awards

1991 | 2 wins including: Best Make Up Artist

1991 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1991 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1991 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

The film is noted for its superior (almost to a fault) production design, its palette reportedly limited to just seven colors, the vivid costumes and gorgeous painted matte backdrops ironically reflecting the limited scope of comic art. Many critics accused the film of being too two-dimensional, but what’s the harm in that? What is DICK TRACY if not an exercise—or perhaps even a verdure exaltation—of Camp?
November 17, 2017
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Beatty’s film is still primarily a marvel of craft, its hemorrhaging budget evident in every frame of its hand-painted, Sunday comics page-evoking backgrounds… It’s a fitfully entertaining, but slightly hollow story that never quite matches the bombastic grandeur of Danny Elfman’s score nor the emotional depth of Sondheim’s songs. Dick Tracy burns itself into your retinas, but it leaves little impression on the mind. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most singular comic-book films ever made.
February 21, 2017
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Dick Tracy is noir re-envisioned in art-deco Legos, a pretend law-enforcement fantasia. And ultimately it boils down to the exact sort of glam genre posturing espoused in Madonna’s own blockbuster addendum to the soundtrack: the majestic act of subculture assimilation “Vogue.” From Beatty’s humorous acquiescence to monogamy to his macho attempts at surrogate parenthood, Dick Tracy certainly numbers among the “fellas that were in the mood.”
February 28, 2013
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