More About Dick Tracy
Warren Beatty directs and stars in this lavish adaptation of Chester Gould's famous comic strip. Against a stylized and solid color backdrop of 1930s Chicago, straight-laced, square-jawed, detective hero Dick Tracy battles gangster Big Boy Caprice -- and temptation in the form of blonde bombshell Breathless Mahoney. Dick's long-time girlfriend Tess Trueheart and a feisty street urchin are on hand to offer support. With songs by Stephen Sondheim, Madonna as Breathless Mahoney, and a vast array of cartoon villains -- Mumbles, Pruneface, Lips, Flattop -- brought to life by a glittering cast of stars.
1990 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner
Main Cast & Crew
Warren Beatty - Director
Once again, director Beatty assembles an all-star cast. Dick Tracy, America's top crimestopper, goes up against a mob of colorful gangsters in this rich production. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Supporting Actor--Al Pacino. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Makeup, Best Art Direction, Best Song ("Sooner or Later" by Stephen Sondheim).
Filmed in Los Angeles, California. Began shooting February 1, 1989; completed early June 1989. Released theatrically in the USA June 15, 1990, along with the short cartoon "Rollercoaster Rabbit." Released on video December 18, 1990. Film used Cinema Digital Sound (CD quality sound) for the first time. Budget estimate $25-30 million. Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...A visual knockout..." - 07/12/1990 Rolling Stone, p.41
"...It really gets under your skin..." - 06/14/1990 USA Today, p.4D
"...DICK TRACY is a great uninterrupted grin....Oddball and matchless..." - 06/15/1990 New York Times, p.C1
"...DICK TRACY is brash, irresistible fun. Warren Beatty's vision of a comic strip on film comes in paint-box bright colors with nicely irreverent dialogue....It's a film of enormous style..." - 06/10/1990 Los Angeles Times, p.F3
"It’s an accomplished stylistic exercise, reconsidering the pop culture of the ’30s through the perspective of the late 20th century." - 01/02/2013 A.V. Club
"The sets are bold and sparse, the lighting is all bright primary colors, and every actor in the stacked cast looks like a living cartoon, embellished with makeup and dazzling costumes." - 05/23/2020 The Atlantic