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

It's 7-1-2-7-4-3-1.


I'm in trouble.

Can you talk?

I'm in a phone booth,

Montel and Grand

the southwest side of the street,

all right?

Don't bring your own car.

Don't come all the way with a taxi.

Stop around three blocks and then

walk the rest of the way, all right?

The phone booth, right.

All right.

Bring cigarettes, huh?

Son of a b*tch.


Nick? It's Mikey.


Nick, it's me.

It's Mikey from the corner.

I came as soon as I got your towel.

What are you doing in there?


What are you doing in there?

Open the door, Nicky.

Open the door and let me in.

Nick, you're gonna have to let me in

now. I don't know the rest of the tune.

- Schmuck, open the door, will ya?

- Mikey!


Open the door, Nick.

- Mikey!

- It's Mikey, yes.

- You can't come in.

- What do you mean?

What did you call me for

if you don't want me to come in?

- Come on, Nick. Open the door.

- I don't want you to see me like this.

Will you stop being a horse's ass?

What way am I going to see you I haven't

seen you before? Open the door.

Open it!

Come on, Nick!

Open it up!

Everybody's comin'!

They're all comin' now!

I swear to Christ.

Don't shoot me, whatever you do.

You almost took my eye out

with the bottle.

Jesus Christ.

There's nobody here.

Hey, come on.

Look at me, will you, Nick?

Come on.

Christ's sake.

Hey, hey, come here.

Come here, come here, come here.


Hey, hey, hey.

Hey, take it easy.

You understand me?

- I'm gonna die. I'm gonna die!

- You're not gonna die.

All right, take it easy.

All right.

- I'm scared. Oh, boy.

- I know you are.

- I am so scared.

- I know.

Come on.

Stop f***in' yourself up.

You know, I don't shave.

Did you know that?

I don't take care of myself.

I think, if I don't take care of myself

and I sit still and I don't move,

maybe they'll forget about me.

But then I'm scared of that too,

because I think maybe

if I sit there too long, maybe when

I want to move, I won't be able to move.

You sound like you're ready

for a straitjacket.

- I'm gonna die.

- Come on.

You're not gonna die.

You see the picture of Ed Lipsky?

In the paper?

You see it on Tuesday?

In Tuesday's paper?

Yeah, that was terrible.

He was all shot up.

His neck was broken. You see that?

But, uh

nobody thought you had

anything to do with Lipsky, Nick.

You're in the clear.

There's a contract out on me.

There's a contract out

on Ed Lipsky and me.

I know that for a fact.

Resnick put it out. I know it

for a fact they're gonna kill me.

- Nick.

- They're gonna kill me.

- You are not gonna die.

- Oh, boy.

Even if somebody wants to kill you,

that doesn't mean you're going to die.

- They're gonna kill me.

- I want you to stop.

- Oh, boy.

- What is it?

Your stomach?

Your stomach?

Answer me.

You did it.

You worked yourself right up

into an ulcer. Come on.

Get up. Get up. Come on.

Come on, get on the bed.

Come on.

- Here. Take this.

- What?

- Take it.

- What is it?

- Take it.

- I don't want this.

Take it or I'll shove it

down your throat. Open your mouth.

I'm gonna vomit it up.

I don't want it.

I don't want it.

If you vomit,

I will give you another one, dry.

- What is that?

- It's poison.

- What is it?

- It's Gelusil.

What do you think it is, moron?

Come on.

- How come you brought Gelusil?

- Nick, I know you for 30 years.

You call me, you say "come right away"

in that voice, I bring Gelusil.

- Now, come on.

- I can't swallow.

Try. If you throw it up,

I'll give you another one. Come on.

- Nick. Come on. Just chew it.

- Please. Don't.

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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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