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My Cousin Vinny

Two New York college students (Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield) are wrongly accused of killing a convenience store clerk in Alabama, and the Brooklyn cousin of one—a rookie lawyer (Joe Pesci)—arrives with his fiancee (Marisa Tomei) to defend them. While it's easy to imagine an infinite number of bad courtroom comedies based on this scenario, this 1992 movie turns out to be wonderful—broad and low character comedy that's solidly imagined and beautifully played. Writer-producer Dale Launer (Ruthless People) and director Jonathan Lynn (Nuns on the Run) are equal-opportunity caricaturists, with affection for both the southern and northern factions. The cast (which also includes a wry Fred Gwynne and Austin Pendleton in a cameo role) is uniformly good, but Tomei is especially worth noting; she triumphs over an improbable number of costume changes.



  • Joe Pesci
  • Ralph Macchio
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Mitchell Whitfield
  • Fred Gwynne
  • Lane Smith
  • Austin Pendleton
  • Bruce McGill
  • Maury Chaykin
  • Pauline Meyers
  • Raynor Scheine
  • James Rebhorn
  • Chris Ellis
  • Michael Simpson
  • Lou Walker
  • Ken Jones
  • Thomas Merdis
  • J. Don Ferguson
  • Michael Genevie
  • Jeff Lewis
  • Ron Leggett
  • Aubrey J. Osteen
  • Larry Shuler
  • Suzi Bass
  • Bill Coates
  • Muriel Moore
  • Bob Penny
  • Michael Burgess
  • Jill Jane Clements

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