Mikey and Nicky
May was known for her comedy but here proves absolutely fluent in the language of mobster lowlife, with an edge of caustic, disillusioned humor, and strange yet shockingly real outbursts of violence.Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty, Carol Grace,
Mikey (Peter Falk) and Nicky (John Cassavetes) are petty gangsters in a lonely night’s landscape, on the run from death. Cassavetes’s influence—and both actors’ finest performance outside of Cassavetes’s own films—infuses Mikey and Nicky with an absurd humanity. May’s use of a three-camera setup throughout resulted in cost overruns and a battle with the studio, but it also allowed for spontaneity on set. “A dark dazzler. . . . Over the course of one evening, the two pass an entire lifetime together talking, walking and waiting for the inevitable. Like all May’s films, has the hard-to-capture feeling of spontaneous life” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times).