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Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a cousin who's a lawyer. When Vinny arrives in Alabama with his leather-clad girlfriend, it's a real shock for all of them! Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress--Marisa Tomei.
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
Chris Ellis - Star, Film and TV movies, began in early '80s
Mitchell Whitfield - American Actor
Jonathan Lynn - British Writer/Director
Joe Pesci - American actor, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Fred Gwynne - Actor, THE MUNSTERS
Dale Launer - Screenwriter/Director
Tony Lombardo - Editor
Randy Edelman - American Composer
Marisa Tomei - Oscar Winning American Actress, MY COUSIN VINNY
Ralph Macchio - American actor, THE KARATE KID
Peter Deming - American Director Of Photography
New York City lawyer Vinny Gambini ventures into the deep South with his loud-mouthed, big-haired girlfriend in tow to free his cousin Bill and Bill's friend after they are mistakenly accused of murdering a convenience-store clerk. Unfortunately, Vinny passed the bar (after 6 failed attempts!) only a few weeks before, and has never even seen the inside of a courtroom. But no Gambini has lost an argument yet.
Estimated budget $11.9 million. Shot at the Lee Arrendale Correctional Facility in Alto, Georgia, and in Monticello and Covington, Georgia. Filming began February 11, 1991; completed April 22, 1991. Color by Deluxe. Title design by Saxon/Ross Film Design Inc. Titles and opticals by Pacific Title. Released theatrically in the USA March 13, 1992. Released on video October 1, 1992. Reviewed in New York Times and Los Angeles Times on March 13, 1992. Copyright 1992 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
"...Tomei is a sexy, comic find..." - 04/02/1992 Rolling Stone, p.42
"...MY COUSIN VINNY is easily the most inventive and enjoyable American film farce in a long time....[Tomei] gives every indication of being a fine comedian..." - 03/13/1992 New York Times, p.C6
"...Marisa Tomei has the mischievous sparkle of a born star....Pesci and Tomei make a first-rate team..." - 03/20/1992 Entertainment Weekly, p.53
"...PESCI's performance in MY COUSIN VINNY is something of a triumph....Tomei is so good at playing this svelte sharpie that she commandeers the screen whenever she's around..." - 03/13/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F8
"...[Pesci and Tomei] create a quirky relationship..." - 03/27/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.40