Mikey and Nicky

Synopsis: Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won't let him in: his moods swing. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Their sojourn - on foot and in a city bus - takes them to a bar, a club, toward a movie theater, to the cemetery where Nick's mom is buried, and to Nick's girlfriend's apartment. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who's getting information from someone is indeed looking for Nick.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Elaine May
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

They don't taste bad.

Come on.

Open the door,

let the train come in.

Come on, open the door.

You didn't smoke, did you?

You don't wanna feel better.

You want to die.


- All right, cry.

- I'm scared.

You gotta take them.

Chew it. That's it.

Chew it up

and swallow it.

Come on. That's right.

That's right. Swallow it.

Okay. Give me the room key.

I'm gonna get you some half and half.

Nick, there's a coffee shop

around the corner. Now, listen to me.

- I will be right back.

- I don't want you to go.

- Nick, ten minutes.

- No.

I'll give you my watch.

You can check me.

- I will only be gone ten minutes. Nick.

- Don't go.

You're eating up the lining of your

stomach. Do you want to die?

That ulcer's going to perforate.

I have to get you some half and half.

I'll be back in five minutes.

Come on, stop that.

All right, I'm going.


- Here, it's 9:
15. Hold the watch.

- Don't go.

In ten minutes, when the hand

hits 9:
25, I'm gonna be back.

- I'm goin'. I gotta go.

- Wait, wait.

I gotta go.

Let go of my tie.

Let go of my tie.

Let go of my tie.

You're not back in ten minutes,

I'm not gonna let you in.

Good. Try and take

another Gelusil.

Good night.

Give me some milk and some cream

in separate cartons to go.

Some skim milk?

- No cream?

- Not to go.

What do you put in the coffee here?

You have any cream?

- We use these little bottles here.

- Okay, give me 15 of those to go.

- Give me a couple cartons of milk.

- We don't give these bottles to go.

You want coffee to go, I put the

cream in here and use the dispenser.

All right, give me a carton of cream

from the dispenser.

- How many coffees?

- No coffees, just a carton of cream.

I can't do that. I'd have to charge.

Cream is for coffee only, not for sale.

Charge me for 15 coffees

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Elaine May

Elaine Iva May (née Berlin; born April 21, 1932) is an American screenwriter, film director, actress, and comedienne. She made her initial impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May. After her duo with Nichols ended, May subsequently developed a career as a director and screenwriter. Her screenwriting has been twice nominated for the Academy Award, for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and the Nichols-directed Primary Colors (1998). May is celebrated for the string of films she directed in the 1970s: her 1971 black comedy A New Leaf, in which she also starred; her 1972 dark romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid; and her 1976 gritty drama Mikey and Nicky, starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk. In 1996, she reunited with Nichols to write the screenplay for The Birdcage, directed by Nichols. After studying acting with theater coach Maria Ouspenskaya in Los Angeles, she moved to Chicago in 1955 and became a founding member of the Compass Players, an improvisational theater group. May began working alongside Nichols, who was also in the group, and together they began writing and performing their own comedy sketches, which were enormously popular. In 1957 they both quit the group to form their own stage act, Nichols and May, in New York. Jack Rollins, who produced most of Woody Allen's films, said their act was "so startling, so new, as fresh as could be. I was stunned by how really good they were."They performed nightly to mostly sold-out shows, in addition to making TV appearances and radio broadcasts. In their comedy act, they created satirical clichés and character types which made fun of the new intellectual, cultural, and social order that was just emerging at the time. In doing so, she was instrumental in removing the stereotype of women being unable to succeed at live comedy. Together, they became an inspiration to many younger comedians, including Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin. After four years, at the height of their fame, they decided to discontinue their act. May became a screenwriter and playwright, along with acting and directing. Their relatively brief time together as comedy stars led New York talk show host Dick Cavett to call their act "one of the comic meteors in the sky." Gerald Nachman noted that "Nichols and May are perhaps the most ardently missed of all the satirical comedians of their era." more…

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