Things Change

Synopsis: Gino, an Italian-American shoe-shiner with a remarkable similarity to a certain mafia don, is paid to take the rap for a murder. Jerry, a two-bit gangster on probation, is given a chance for redemption by guarding Gino for the weekend. But instead of sitting around a dingy hotel room, Jerry decides to give Gino a weekend to remember, taking him to Lake Tahoe. Jerry's bragging to his friends of his important charge, as well as Gino's dignified, quiet demeanor, soon result in much complication for them both.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): David Mamet
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


May I help you?

A friend of ours would like

to speak to you this evening.

I just-a shine shoes.

There'll be shoes there.

People like that.

You know who I mean.

Two weeks ago, a man named

Aaronberg was shot to death

at the corner of Racine and Belden.

This is public knowledge.

Two people saw the crime,

and this was also in the papers.

This is public knowledge.

What I am going to tell you now

is not public knowledge.

Do you understand?


The act was committed

by a person unknown.

A man in a gray overcoat.

Unfortunately, a friend of ours

has been mistakenly identified

as the man who did the murder.

Show him the picture.

This is the man who

has been mistakenly accused.

Do you understand?

To prevent a grave injustice

from being done,

to protect an innocent man,

someone must confess to the crime.

Someone who looks like...

This person would plead guilty to murder,

and would unfortunately spend a term

of three to five years in prison.

To such a person

we are prepared to pay...

this amount of money per year,

for each year he spent in prison.

You could say you were in prison now.

You must have a dream.

Do you have a dream?

What is that dream?

A boat.

A boat?

A fishing boat.

Your dream is a fishing boat.

In Sicily.

In three years, you could have

that fishing boat.

You could earn yourself that boat.

If you stay in your shoe store,

what will you have in three years?

What do you have in three years?

What do you have now?

Will you do it for me?


You've just made a grave mistake.

All right.

Shine 'em "uppa," Joe.

Get me Marty in Detroit.

Tell him I want to see him

as soon as possible.

And get me what's-his-name downtown.

Yes, sir.

Watch out for the socks.

These are cashmere socks.

Yes, dear.

Mr. Silver,

get me downtown...

and tell 'em I need a guy

for that project

which we were discussing.

- He'll know what I mean.

- Yes, sir.

Come on, boy.

We wanna get you back

to your shoe shine stand.

This is Mr. Silver in Chicago.

That's right.

No, I have the number on his boat,

but I'm informed I can find him here.

I'll hold.

- A man comes into my house.

- What does he want?

I tell him, "Whatever you want."

A fellow's dying.

Fifty bucks a week.

Says, "Buy me a boat."

Fine. I'll buy him

a pushcart.

I'll buy him an organ with a monkey,

and he can put a bandana on his head.

Son of a b*tch immigrant

said he wanted a boat.

I'll give him a boat.

I do it!

Just a minute.

It won't be necessary.

Thank you.

This is a Sicilian coin.

The Sicilian people say,

Mr. Green?

"A big man..." Excuse me.

"A big man knows the value

of a small coin."

My friendship is a small coin,

but it is all I have to offer you.

Thank you.

The papers, please.

Sign here.

This is your confession.


And now...

We need your fingerprints.

Pick up the gun and close it.

To my new friend.

- I should hope so.

- We put a lot of money in there.



You done good on that thing.

Thanks, Frank.


What, are you getting ambition?

Just doin' a job, Frank.


Thanks, Frank.


Thank you.

Jerry, we got a... What is this?

Jerry something-or-other works here?

I thought we sent him to the farm team.

Why was that, Frank?

Seems he can't follow orders.

Can't follow orders? Is

the guy a team player or what?

It would seem not.

That's a shame, Frank.

Yes, I agree.

No pain, no pals, no prospects.

What kind of guy is that?

A word to the wise is sufficient.

What's happening on the south side?

Lead off with the shipping thing.

Here are the figures on the shipping.

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David Mamet

David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. more…

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